The magnolias along our street are bursting into flower. These are the small magnolias (Magnolia stellata) and the flowers are white, shading subtly into pink. They are not as showy as their sisters, Magnolia soulangeana, with the big tulip-like flowers but they have a delicate beauty of their own.

In my side garden the hyacinths are blooming pink and giving off their magnificent fragrance and the narcissi are just opening among the miniature daffodils. A bergenia cluster is thrusting out and showing color

I want to put all of this on hold – to keep it like this for ever.


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