Saturday, 7 April 2012

Survival of the fittest

Easter uprising

The resilience of the garden never ceases to amaze.

glorious narcissus

After the extreme weather of last week many of the plants remained  bowed down days after their snowy burden has melted away, yet the daffodils, or Lent Lilies as the wild form of the narcissus was originally known, made their own miraculous resurrection, blowing their trumpets skywards to  announce the arrival of Easter.

Sadly the shrubby pieris has been nipped badly by the frost but, fortunately, I recorded its rosy glory before Jack made his unwelcome visit. I’ve fingers crossed that it will make a full recovery.

Peeping out from under the garden gate meanwhile is the delightful wild violet – viola odorata - whose flowers have been used for cake decoration and as a sweetener since mediaeval times. Candied violets are made by dipping the flower heads in a solution of gum Arabic and rose water, then they are sprinkled with caster sugar and placed in a warm oven to dry.
the shy sweet violet

In France the violet has always been revered. Shortly before his exile Napoleon was said to have picked the sweet violet flowers from Josephine’s grave and they were found in a locket he was wearing on his death bed.

I pray, what flowers are these?
The pansies this;
O, that's for lovers thoughts
                                           Ben Johnson 


  1. Thankfully I missed the snow - fingers crossed for the pieris but everything else has truly leapt from 'the frosty canvas..' I loved reading the Brian Patten poem -one I didn't know. Love the beautiful pictures too

  2. Awaiting your garden-inspired poems... GW