Thursday, 10 March 2011

The colours of spring


Although today has started very blustery and grey we have been enjoying some wonderful sunny almost spring weather for the last week or so. My forsythia is in full bloom showing off its glorious yellow flowers. For me yellow is the single most colour that signifies spring for me...I just love it....
Wonderful yellows in my daffodowndillies too!




You can almost smell the gentle spring warmth here and the yellows and greens gives me a real "mmmmm" moment.










I also indulged in a little retail therapy  recently when my Hb and I took a day off from work and travelled up to the designer discount shops in Bicester, Oxford and found none other that Cath Kidston at discount prices...it was sheer retail heaven. I bought the above oven gloves and a set of real napkins to go in our picnic basket (yes I really do have one called Al, I will explain later on in the year). We always try to have some picnics in the summer, food taste SO much better!
I also bought us a new CK hand towel for the bathroom with a wonderful retro sailing ship pattern on.
It makes hand drying much more interesting.

At the garden centre I spotted a rose being produced for the Royal Wedding this year...I'm not sure about the colour but I think everyone is really looking forward to the Wedding of THIS year ;0) We even get an extra bank holiday for it.

I also love the colours I saw here..







Primroses are also such a happy showy flowers and there are so many colours to choose from. I also spotted some Daphne Odora (below) which has the most amazing scent and I treated myself to one.








And last but not least look what else I have bought...

Yes it's nearly seed time. I only have a tiny garden but I love growing chilies in pots and this year I am going to try some from seed. I also grew gourds as a child and love the weird and wonderful fruits they produce in the autumn. Luckily the gourd seeds can be sewn straight into the soil so my mini indoor greenhouse will not be too cramped. The little propagater will sit by my kitchen window basking in the sun. I plan to sew my little friends this weekend.

Sending all my blogger friends out there some spring sunshine. I always love having you visit me here and I so enjoy reading your kind comments. Thank you. Also to those who "silently read" a big smile and a wave hello to you all too. I am off this afternoon to meet my daughter. We are continuing our quest for the perfect dress for THE wedding of 2012.

Enjoy exploring the signs and colours of spring around you too,

Bye for now,

Jane x

18 comments:

  1. Oh the temptations of a garden centre!! I do love them and even though I'm not there to buy, I always do! :)
    I love your little propagator, you'll have fun with that! Growing from seed is fun.
    Lucky you getting some CK at bargain prices!!!
    I'm so looking forward to the Royal Wedding.
    Good luck with your dress quest today, such fun!!
    Vivienne x

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  2. I'm afraid I too have the garden centre affliction Vivienne! Dangerous isn't it! I can't wait to get my little propagtor going..watch this space,
    Jane x

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  3. What a lovely post again, Jane!

    I am a huge fan of CK even we can hardly find them here, and I am dreaming to visit one of the shops one day! You found some lovely things! And the flowers...Ah...

    Have a lovely day with Milly today!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  4. Hi Mia, I am surprised that CK does not seem to be that world wide. We are lucky to also have a shop in nearby Wimbledon village so I can get my fix there ;0)
    I am soon off out very soon to catch the train to London..very exciting.
    Have a great Thursday my dear.
    Jane x

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  5. Jane, you do seem to discover the best shopping treasures! Thanks for sharing your "loot!" Love the CK linens and that showy primrose is divine!
    Glad to be tagging along with you on your springtime adventures. And I know THE perfect dress is out there waiting to be found!

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  6. Hi Michele so glad to have you with me as spring arrives and yes the dress quest is progressing very well....!
    Jane x

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  7. I just love forsythia - such a springy looking plant. I'm thinking about seeds but trying to be patient - I always seem to sew them too early outside LOL

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  8. Hi Jill, I will certainly be waiting a little longer to plant out the gourd seeds but I hope to get my little chile buddies going this weekend snug in their propagator!
    Jane x

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  9. Dear Jane, gosh I am jealous of the CK sailboat towels! We are sailors and have 3 sailboats (1 big one and 2 little ones) and I'd love to have some of those.

    I love garden shops too.. sis and I plan to go to some soon.

    Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

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  10. Teresa the CK store was huge, it was hard me stopping at buying just 3 things!
    It's so good to see that it is nearly time to get back growing in the garden, I so miss it in the winter.
    Jane x

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  11. What a lovely post, Jane! Spring flowers, garden centres and Cath Kidston - some of my favourite things! Hope you had a lovely day looking for the perfect wedding dress! Enjoy your weekend.
    Helen x

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  12. Thanks Helen, we had a great afternoon and lots more dress trying on !
    Jane x

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  13. Thanks for sharing your photos of all that Springtime lovliness! Sounds like you had a lovely day out.

    My hubby has grown chilli plants from seeds for the last few years and does really well with them - it's just a shame I don't really cook and usually give most of the chilli peppers away!

    Good luck with your seeds and I hope you had a lovely shop with your daughter.

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  14. Hi Sherry, it's great to "see" you here. Funnily enough I have grown to love chiles and eat lots but even so there are always so many to give away too...it all adds to the fun!They are such fruitful plants!
    Have a great weekend,
    Jane x

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  15. I don't even go to garden centers these days, it's all too much temptation! Lovely Spring images, I do like the Primroses, always so bright and cheery.

    hope you're having a lovely weekend. Bethx

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  16. There is always so much to tempt you isn't there Beth...and always a plant needing a happy home ;0)
    It was a lovely sunny day again yesterday but a bit duller for today,
    Have a great Sunday,
    Jane x

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  17. I'm still stuck in winter, so I really appreciate all the spring flower photos! Love the cakes you made for your daughter too. Just beautiful. I'll look forward to seeing your heart cake.

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  18. I'm glad I can bring you a touch of spring Linda..and the days are getting so much lighter too.
    Have a good week,
    Jane x

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Jane x