Saturday, 1 June 2013

Tillypronie garden opening



The garden is looking lovely in the evening sunlight, before tomorrow's open afternoon (from 2pm to 5pm, with tea and cakes, as always; all proceeds to charity). Such is the lateness of spring that there are still some narcissus in bloom, and the bluebells are coming into flower beneath the rugosa roses. The rhododendrons are already opening, but the azaleas only just beginning to unfurl. The weather forecast is good, and baking well underway. (All my fingers crossed that the skies may stay clear...)
Up here in the Highlands, the curlews are nesting, and oyster catchers are looking quite at home beside the stream. It's so peaceful, yet the world around us is busy, busy... baby birds to be fed (including the swallows beneath the eaves), and a host of young animals on the hillsides. Long days, short nights, and nature hurtling forwards, after that long frozen winter. Does a new season look more glorious with each passing year?



13 comments:

Rouge Noir said...

Fingers crossed weather stays as good. I believe that new season look more glorious each year because we perceive natural beauty on a deeper level as we grow older.

Justine Picardie said...

Quite agree; each passing year makes spring more precious.

Lilac In May said...

It does Justine, the sun, the warmth and the new, bright green shoots feel like a miracle after the last winter.

Justine Picardie said...

Update: the sun shone over Tillypronie and beyond, and lots of people came to the garden opening, which was lovely.

Rouge Noir said...

That's great to hear. Glad you enjoyed it. I've spent my afternoon at the Hampstead Heath Park, just beautiful.

Justine Picardie said...

Hampstead Heath: London's lungs...

Sue said...

Love the new Harpers this month Justine.I can't believe how much I look forward to the post arriving nowadays...Well done.

enid said...

I too loved the new Harpers. The flowers issueis wonderful and it is has so much to read and so much to see. You have really put your stamp on it. I loved the srticles by the authors on their favourite flowers and am so excited by the Bibliotherapy section.

Justine Picardie said...

Thank you Sue, thank you Enid. So pleased to know that readers are enjoying Harper's Bazaar. A good magazine should feel like a friend -- on your side, by your side. Just finishing off the August issue, which has some wonderful writing in it... and beautiful pictures, too.

Fiona Bird said...

I went chanterelle foraging today. I wasn't successful but there again, I spied so many violets that I didn't feel guilty gathering a handful for vinegar. I love Scotland in spring, it's so colourful and there's the anticipation of summer.

Justine Picardie said...

Scotland in the summer, when the sun shines, is heavenly.

kairu said...

I always love your garden photographs, Justine, but I am also loving your front-row snaps from the couture shows...I was looking at the ethereal creations from the Armani and Chanel catwalks and reflecting, how much has changed for you since I first found this blog. It's been about five years now, I can hardly believe it - a journey of discovery, evolution, reinvention, heartbreak and love. That Harper's Bazaar now bears the unmistakable stamp of your touch shows that beneath the trappings of the fashion world your voice remains true to all that drew me here in the first place...

Justine Picardie said...

Thank you, Kairu -- that's the greatest compliment you could give me, and I'm so pleased you recognise so much of what is dear to my heart in Harper's Bazaar...