Spring Colours

April is fast approaching and it is my favourite month. And already things are livening up in the garden. Today I was noticing yellow – gorse, dandelions, lesser celendine, even a buff-tailed queen bee and of course the daffodils which are looking at their best now.

But the purple sprouting broccoli looks pretty cool too and tastes even better.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Purple sprouting broccoli

And some of you may be able to hep me name this pink flower. My sister gave me a present of one and after it had flowered last year, I noticed some seeds. I gathered them and grew them on. I had quite a lot germinate and have planted some among the mini daffodils – the colour contrast looks great (sorry no photo of that). But here is a photo of one growing in a pot in the polytunnel. The flowers stands on a single stalk which comes from a rosette of leaves.

Pink flower

Pink flower

 

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21 thoughts on “Spring Colours

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you. Dandelions are beautiful close up, aren’t they? And great for bees too. I wish people didn’t see them as weeds.

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      1. aranislandgirl

        There are a handful of fellow bloggers who have helped transform my thinking, often without knowing it themselves. You are one of them. I appreciate you so much. I have always gardened using organic practices, but my vision was blurred by conditions of my upbringing, taught to control nature rather than work with it. I see what ‘needs to be done’ in my garden so differently now. Thank you. Xx

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      2. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        Melissa you made my day with you generous comment. It wouldn’t be a blog without the readers – so thank you:)

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Wow Eliza, I’m impressed how easily you identified that. Have just googled it and yes I think you are spot on. Thank you so much!

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  1. Jane

    My grandfather used to eat dandelion heads occasionally, while out walking. He was always treating my mother and her 6 brothers and sisters with plants and other natural remedies. Your information is always spot on. I shall ‘cultivate’ dandelions et al in the garden now.

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  2. Robbie

    PRETTY!!!! My (great) grandmother came from Europe and they use to eat their dandelions from their yeards:-) My husband’s grandparents make dandelion wine-it really should not be seen as a weed. I have some seed for ” Dandelion Amerliore” they say it is good for salads:-)
    Eliza is so wise! Pretty flower, too!
    Our crocus are up but the bunnies are nibbling on it-grrr!!!
    But I am happy to see green and not snow:-) so I won’t be too mad for there is enough to share:-)

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Glad you are finally seeing signs of spring. We’ve eaten dandelion leaves but your second person to mention the heads been eaten too! Fascinating.

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      1. Robbie

        🙂 I was looking in awe at the garden yesterday after I sorted through photos from last summer-it amazes me that all that brown becomes lush and green-Fascinating + Magical!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Your welcome Lori – I should have been following since the Save the Soil Day but for some reason must have forgotten to click follow button at the time!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Cynthia. The intrepid Eliza (elizawaters.wordpress.com) has identified them for me – they are Arabis ‘Spring Charm’ (aka Rockcress)

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