Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wordy Wednesday ~ 17th April 2013 ~ Green

"I live in the country surrounded by green fields all year long, but when March slips into April I realise that I have never truly seen green before. It works every time, catching me breathless and dazed by sheer exhilaration. The luminous lime begins as a suggestion, speckling the hedgerows, almost shimmering above them, rather than growing out of the branches, then starts licking up from the bare soil with shocking intensity. Certainly nothing characterises the months of March, April and May as the range of greens shining like stained - glass windows".

 - from 'Gardening at Longmeadow' by Monty Don

23 comments:

  1. Everywhere is definitely starting to green up again now. The ground and branches have seemed to be brown for such a long time this year, even the weeds have been held back because of the cold weather.

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    1. I just wish the cold had polished off the weeds Jo which are appearing in all their majesty now :)

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  2. Lyrical.Well done Mr. Don. One of the nicest things about spring is the freshness of the greens against the bright yellow of daffodils.

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    1. Yellow and green are such a vivid and fresh combination Elaine at this time of year. I must confess that I'm not a huge fan of yellow but I'm considering yellow tulips next year.

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  3. You can't beat the fresh green of spring. It is just starting here along the lanes, the hawthorn is turning a lovely shade of green , also the weeping willows, a real chartreuse, from now on it will just get better and better!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Pauline :) No weeping willows here but a couple of ordinary ones in sight and it is always a pleasure to watch the leaves unfurl and colour.

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  4. Lovely to see the buds burst into leaf. We're nearly at that stage with the trees.........we just need another rare day that has sunshine.

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    1. This trees are more or less there now Rosie :)

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  5. He is quite right of course - so many different greens and all lovely. Did you see my reply to your recent comment on my blog, Anna?

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    1. Amazing how one colour has so many variations and shades. Thanks for the reminder about your reply Cathy.

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  6. Lovely pictures capturing greens... and I like the quote too. I find Monty Don has a way with words and I have rather a soft spot for him! (Haven't read any of his books though - yet!)

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    1. Monty is a most accomplished wordsmith Cathy and a great thing is that most of his books are in bite size pieces - ideal for summer evenings :)

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  7. I love that Monty Don quote, and it is so true. You have more signs of spring in your garden than I do though. I keep meaning to take a walk up the river valley in the hope that the more sheltered environment means there will be similar bursts of vivid green.

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    1. Isn't it just a splendid quote Janet? Hope that you made it to the river valley and got a fix of shades of green.

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  8. Indeed! The shades of green in the spring is a wondrous sight!

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  9. That is so very true! I love the greens of spring, especially the new buds and shoots that appear.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for your comment Paula :)

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  10. What a great quote, I'm loving how everything is being transformed again, and so quickly too.

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    1. It's amazing just how quickly it happens Annie once that start button has been pressed.

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  11. Hi Anna, beautiful photos. I'm so happy you're finally getting the spring you deserve. Isn't this time of year grand? Thank you for your comment on my blog. I will keep you posted on my book. Your enthusiasm is so much appreciated. Hugs from across the pond. :)

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  12. Oh you are most welcome Grace. Look forward to hearing more about your book as and when there is news :)

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  13. I think it's impossible not to like Monty Don. Did you see his recent three part serious on French gardens?

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.