Friday, May 06, 2011

Buds of May

I've celebrated getting another year older this week...

I've been so lucky with the cards and presents that I received...Friends and family know me so well...

Hubby bought me a new camera, which I am fast trying to learn how to use...Please bare with me whilst I get to grips with it!

These were some of my first quick shots; just to have a go.

One of my lovely presents prompted a little gardening...
So, despite the ground being as hard as concrete, I was able to get these into the new border that I mentioned I wanted to create this year. As I type this, I can hear the rain falling outside - Our first good downpour for over a month...It will be good to see the garden looking refreshed in the morning and hopefully it will be just what my new plants need to settle them in.
This miniature rose came from one of my daughters - I've planted it inside the old chimney pot (as seen above.)
And seeing how well the clematis that I bought last year is doing, one year on...
I thought I'd put some of my Birthday money towards buying another in a different colour, which I have planted against the fence amongst my new foxgloves.
Today it started flowering already...
There are so many other flowers yet to start, but its great to see how this border has moved on in just over a month from this post, with very little help from me.
Hubby and I have lots of plans for this weekend - Hope yours will be fab!
Niki x


  1. Happy Birthday Niki. Hope you have a lovely weekend. The garden is looking lovely!

  2. Happy Birthday! Lovely flowers - our foxgloves are only just starting. It's great seeing gardens develop, isn't it? Have a great weekend. Abby x

  3. Well, a Happy Birthday to you!! Such lovely gifts and the flowers are gorgeous! Hope your weekend is wonderful!

  4. A Very Happy Birthday to you! I hope you enjoy your new camera, and all your birthday goodies! Have a lovely, special weekend! Love Brenda

  5. Happy Birthday!!!

    Susan and Bentley

  6. Happy Birthday Niki. Gorgeous present :) Tamara x

  7. Happy Birthday! Your garden is so pretty! And I love your blog!

  8. Hi Niki! Sergio and I will do his best wishes for your birthday! The gifts you received are wonderful! We wish you a good and quiet weekend.
    A dear greeting, Sergio e Maria.
    (with translator)

  9. Niki, I do a lot
    wishes for a happy birthday.
    And I thank you for the little gift
    I have found in the bag,
    is lovely, a pleasant memory.
    Greetings again
    Susy x

  10. Happy birthday and enjoy your weekend.
    Love your zinc bucket arrangement...
    Julie x

  11. belated Happy Birthday. It is obviously a good week I also had a birthday this week and would you believe got a beautiful purple and a pink clematis or is that clematii for more than one. Enjoy your weekend.

  12. Happy Birthday week! Lovely photos ...

  13. Happy Birthday!
    Your garden is lovely.
    Have a great weekend too!

    Sandie xx

  14. Happy Birthday Niki. Your garden is looking lovely. We have had some rain but not enough!
    Hope you have great weekend.
    Carol xx

  15. So sorry I missed your Birthday Niki.. I do hope the celebrations continue through your birth month of May. I love to see your passion for gardening.. this month the garden's look fabulous all dressed up in their best clothes.
    Michele xx

  16. Happy birthday from all at the chateau!

  17. Annette2:21 pm

    Happy birthday!

    May I suggest writting some tutorials so we could learn from your wonderful skills? I'd love to know even if it is just a bit, how to make one of those gorgeous handbags.


  18. Oh noo! I missed your birthday this year!!!! Sorry my mind is in the clouds :((
    Happy belated birthday, Niki. Your garden is wondrous! I must admit- I miss having one!
    Monica x

  19. A belated Happy Birthday Niki!



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Niki xx