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Buds galore and my first ever Tulip. Could it be …

… that Spring is on its way?

When I look past all that still needs to be done in terms of preparing my garden for the imminent arrival of Spring and Summer, it gladdens my heart to see buds, buds and more buds all over the place! If you had told me two years ago that I would get excited about seeing buds on plants, I would have asked you what you were smoking, but that’s exactly how it is right now. I’m like a child in a candy store, jumping around from bed to bed and getting excited about the buds I see and the promise of things to come, just a few short weeks away!

Buds are everywhere and in my enthusiasm I must have taken about 200 photographs yesterday of all “my buds”. Whilst not all the plants and bulbs I planted are “budding” yet, most are and I am really thrilled.

I thought I would share some of my favourites with you …

The promise of things to come …

[one_half]The first Ranunculus BudThe first Ranunculus Bud[/one_half]

[one_half_last]On the Lemon TreeOn the Lemon Tree[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Murraya Exotica budsMurraya Exotica buds[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cinerarias (I think thats what these are)Cinerarias (I think thats what these are)[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Nandina (heavenly bamboo) blossomsNandina (heavenly bamboo) blossoms[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Madevilla splenens always in budMadevilla splenens always in bud[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pink Azaleas are everywherePink Azaleas are everywhere[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Yipee! Tulip buds …Yipee! Tulip buds ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Oh my … what have we here?Oh my ... what have we here?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The first of the Tulips opensThe first of the Tulips opens[/one_half]

[one_half_last]So excited about my first ever TulipSo excited about my first tulip[/one_half_last]

I’ve excluded photos of the buds on the lime tree, the snow drops (Leucojum aestivum), Freesias, Dietes grandiflora, Viburnum tinus ‘Lucidum’, Impatiens, Liliums and the Camellia buds which are not giving up just yet. Also flowering are Hellebores, Violas, Dianthus, Alliums and Lobularia.

What’s “budding” in your garden right now? What are you excited about?

Happy Gardening


By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

23 replies on “Buds galore and my first ever Tulip. Could it be …”

Beautiful buds and blooms! Every year, I get giddy when I see the first buds and blooms even though I see them every year. There is just something so wonderful about seeing the beauty of those blooms. Enjoy!

Congrats on your first ever tulip! I can’t wait to see more pictures. And hooray for all the buds! This is what I love about your blog–in the US we’re in the middle of summer heat waves, and I was just thinking about the autumn cool down. But reading your excitement about the coming spring makes me think I should stop and appreciate the weather I have. The summer heat does help the veggies, after all. Have a great day!

The wonder of seeing new buds never ceases, no matter how long I have been gardening. Spring is my favorite time of year. Congratulations on your first tulip and on having a garden bursting with promise. All those flowers will be fabulous!

Oh, how exciting!!!! Buds are always so thrilling to see after a winter. Yeah spring! And the first of your tulips blooming – yippee! Soon you will blooms galore!

So terrific to see your blooms just coming on as ours hit middle age. What a great planet! The tulips are awesome, inspiring, must get some bulbs in this fall– Nice photos all.

Hi Linnie – I agree and how marvellous we get to share each others gardens via the Internet! The Tulips are lovely but … I don’t know that I will buy them again. They are expensive and apparantly not worth keeping for a second year as they don’t come back as well in the next. I’m loving them and its exciting but I think next year I’ll spend the money on longer lasting perenniels. We’ll see – it all depends on just how they turn out. xx

Congrats on the tulip. Springtime is so magical with all the buds bursting, I can feel your enthusiasm clear across the world. Happy photo taking, you will be a busy girl with Spring and Summer on the way.

Hey!! Wow your tulips!!! this is so exciting. I can just imaging you running around snapping all your buds 🙂 I can totally understand the feeling. I am getting excited about my garden too. But your bulbs will be super gorgeous!! can’t wait to see.

Steffi & Iain saw the photos first and then rushed outside to look … only to come back in and tell me that the photos are nicer than the actual tulip. That kinda dampened my thunder a bit! Oh well … when the whole patch is in flower I am sure they sing a different song. 🙂

Ha, oh shame! 🙁
I can imagine your disappointment! Don’t worry – it will be beautiful!!

Oh yes! I know this blog. In fact I bought her book about a year ago “Gold Mines, Elephants and Foefie Slides”. She’s a really great blogger / writer!

Spring is such a great time of the year when those first flowers appear. Congrats on your first tulips. They are beauties.

Hi Alan – truth is we’ve hardly had a winter this year. We had the lowest rainfall recorded in years for July, it was unseasonably warm and I think this is why everything is budding early. Hopefully we will still get adequate rain in August and September or we will be in trouble and have water restrictions come summer. The farmers are complaining bitterly about the poor winter we’ve had.

Oh WOW!! That tulip is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see all your buds in bloom. Well done girl!

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