Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 23 October 2017

Spring Glory is still here

Some of the daffs are still flowering,tulip buds unfolding, Sparaxis, wisteria ( forgot to get a photo of the delicate mauve blossoms)blue forget-me-not everywhere, grass is growing, and the weeds think it is time to show us how they thrive!!!

this one started as the palest bulb, and turned into deep pink.

The pale pink tulip turned deeper

There are several this shade, but none as frilly.

Frilly as it likes

Tulips, forget-me-not and red Sparaxis in the lower right. The pale pink at the very back is the same one in the first photo.tulips, Blue forget-me-not and sparaxis.

There are 5 bulbs of these daffs, the others have faded, two are still so delicate and beautiful

Daffodils, the last to bloom

The English Elm has pale leaves and loaded with   flowers on every branch and twig.

elm tree  in October

These are the pale flowers, that dry to an almost transparent casing, and blow everywhere in even the slightest breeze.

Elm Tree Flowers

The Weeping Silver Pear tree is so delicate, and really pretty.

Weeping Silver Pear, 2017

I emptied the  rain gauge into the pond and Boris thought he might jump in after he heard the splash.

Boris, on the bridge over the pond

I am slowly healing, and remind myself to NEVER help lift a can of petrol ever again. Hugh’s shoulder is  back to normal, he has had the pre-op check up at Whanganui Hospital last Thursday.  and tomorrow, bright and early, has  cataract surgery. The first one 2 years ago went well, so I hope this will be the same. Same surgeon, back form the UK for a very busy catch up of 6 months appointments. The only drawback to this , is he cannot drive for about 3 weeks. I might just see if there is a “chauffeur” available.I will be open to all offers, overseas applicants can  also apply, food and board for free, air travel is your own expense!!! Please email for job specifications!!!!

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Flowers are silent friends

that give beauty unasked”

Greetings from Jean.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Jean ~ Your flowers are so pretty as are your lovely trees.

Glad to read that you and Hugh are healing up and I pray his cataract surgery will go smoothly and his healing be swift and complete.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you find a fantastic 'chauffeur'.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, your flowers are gorgeous. I love the pretty trees too. The Weeping Silver Pear tree is lovely. Cute shot of Boris. I wish I could come and be Chauffeur for you and Hugh. I hope all goes well with the eye surgery and sending my prayers and well wishes for both you and Hugh.

Take care and have a happy week.

Jim said...

I LOVE your trees! So majestic!
As you warm into spring we are slowly cooling....towards winter.
Happy to hear you are mending, albeit slowly. And Hugh has mended, good.
I am betting you will get a few offers for that chauffeur's job.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Gorgeous gorgeous spring - my eyes just couldn't get enough of those trees and flowers!!! Praying for Hugh, let us know how he goes hon. Darling pic of Boris...sure wish I could apply for the job!

Carol Mattingly said...

I swear if I had time I'd take you up on that offer to be a chauffeur. Take care of Hugh and yourself. Oh my goodness those tulips are beautiful. Carol

Leeanne said...

Haha.....love the job advert! I hope you get some worthy takers! Your garden is looking fabulous.

Barb said...

Jean, I love seeing your spring blooms! Those forget-me-nots are so delicate and pretty at the base of the bulbs. I wonder why Hugh can't drive for 3 weeks? Bob had his first done over a year ago and was driving us home from Vail the next day. Now he must get the second done, but doesn't want the scheduling to interfere with his skiing plans! Glad to hear you're healing well. We're still learning lessons, even in our 70's!

The Furry Gnome said...

Such an opposite life you have to ours! I must remember it is spring down there when it gets cold here. Hope you find a good chauffeur!

Susan Heather said...

It sounds as though you mean not able to drive for three weeks after the cataract op. Doug just had both his done - one week apart. He wasn't allowed to drive home but could after that. I did drive him to his appointment the next day though.

Pleased to hear you are healing even if it is slowly.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm glad to hear that you are healing, Jean. One day at a time. I am also happy to hear that Hugh is doing so well. Terry and I are both facing cataract surgery in November. I hope Hugh's goes well tomorrow. Your flowers are lovely. I really enjoyed seeing the English elm's flowers ~ so unusual. Have a good one, my friend. Sending you both love and hugs!

Jenny said...

Your garden pics look great - isn't nature wonderful!
Sending best wishes for Hugh's upcoming surgery - it will be a success I'm sure.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! The second photo is my favorite !

Sharon - IN said...

Your Spring flowers and flowering trees are so beautiful! How blessed you are to have such beauty to enjoy. That is great news that Hugh's shoulder has held and he is ready for the cataract surgery. I'd love to be your chauffeur - and share some quilt-y time with you too! tee hee Hope your back continues to heal and do be careful about any lifting! Nice quote.

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm there for you! Oh, no. we have a lot of work to do here!!!
The daffies make me happy, I planted so many last month.

Julie Fukuda said...

If I didn't have a job and a big dog, I would love to get out of all this rain with any excuse. But ... I need to take my 4th senior driving test in a week or two. (and they are making it harder to even book the first part where they test to see how senile you are.)

Sandra Walker said...

OH!! The silver pear is just spectacular! Love the frilly flowers too but wow, that tree takes my breath away. The English Elm is pretty glorious too. How I love Spring.