Urban spring

garden flowers birds 083Over the past couple of weeks I have spent an awful lot of hours in the garden, weeding, planting and filling it with future delights. Not my garden, I hasten to add… mine is both very green and very untidy, having been invaded by the homeless house sparrows who used to live in next door’s ivy. When the rampant robe was removed last autumn, the colony was obliged to seek alternative accommodation and apparently my honeysuckle hedge was ideal.

garden flowers birds 045Now this is all very well, and I am delighted to have them… and Ani, of course, finds them a constant source of joy to stalk and bounce at. They tease her, she bounces… they tease her some more. The only trouble is that now they have nests in my honeysuckle, the climbing roses there are ten feet high and I daren’t disturb the birds and their eggs to cut the lot back. My garden, therefore, will have to wait and I will simply watch the fledglings grow instead of flowers this spring.

garden flowers birds 086Not that I am short of flowers. A wander round my son’s garden in the early morning sun is beauty enough as it bursts into exuberance. Splashes of light and colour vie with each other for prominence. This is no formal planting… the garden itself is all angles and ordered lines, built to be a haven, wholly accessible to my son, even back then when there seemed little hope of him getting around it on his own two feet without support. Oddly, it was the garden that drew him to try and I will not easily forget going down one morning to find he had taken himself down to the far end of the garden to sunbathe…

garden flowers birds 112So the planting is as informal as I can get it, with rambling roses spilling through the beds and swathes of flowers festooning the squared edges of the pond. At this time of year, however, it is the smaller plants that come into their own, each flower a geometric miracle of nature, brought to glowing life by the iridescence of beetles, the buzzing of insects and the fairy wings of butterflies.

garden flowers birds 130In two of the beds are bird feeders, each one better stocked than my larder, though I am not partial to mealworms myself, the robins that are nesting there do seem to appreciate them and have become both fearless and inquisitive as we spend time in the garden.

garden flowers birds 163A wren is a regular visitor, the starlings come in every few minutes, and over the course of the day there seems to be every variety of finch in the area, along with the thrushes, blackbirds and the resident pigeons.

garden flowers birds 095My son is fortunate in the location of his home. When he was looking for a place to buy the address would have put him off immediately…one of those streets that seem to acquire a bad reputation … but the dilapidated bungalow had too many possibilities not to at least give it a look. The place was in need of gutting and almost starting from scratch to make it fit his needs, and the garden seemed a dank, dark place.

garden flowers birds 133On the other hand, five minutes from the centre of town, the house stands behind the other houses on the road, so far back that few would know it was there and surrounded by the canopies of trees filled with song. The street itself is a long one and at this end is filled with small, cottagey homes and good neighbours.

garden flowers birds 155Eight months of work, all day, every day, and the place was transformed, inside and out, to the ideal bachelor pad with every imaginable bit of technology and a low maintenance, accessible garden filled with light, life and perfume.

garden flowers birds 140Four years on and the wood has mellowed, the roses and bushes have grown and gaps had appeared in the planting. You have no idea how many plants you can carry in one small car till you have been shopping with my son. Now, however, as he plants his garden and feeds his birds, my son can see spring come to life as the seasons turn and look out on an urban oasis of colour and light.

garden flowers birds 094This morning the buds on the fremontedenron look almost ready to burst, there are buds on the roses growing over the fence and the clematis will soon be a riot of pink festooning the trellis. The yellow bells of the sophora form a backdrop to the smiling pansies and gaiety of the newly planted dahliettas… and the sun is shining.Spring has definitely sprung 🙂

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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53 Responses to Urban spring

  1. Gorgeous! I love photographing flowers as well!


  2. barbtaub says:

    Thank you and your son for.sharing your beautiful garden !

    I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and am really wondering what’s happening back in my own garden. So it was just lovely to get your garden report.


  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Some wonderful images of beautiful flowers and plants that must be a delight to wander amongst. Sue Vincent is my guest this Sunday on Defining Moments and I hope that you will pop in and find out more about this very talented and delightful writer.


  4. How wonderful for your son and you!! Looks great!!


  5. Oh I do love a good flower garden! Sounds and looks like you’ve made Nick a little piece of heaven 🙂


  6. davidprosser says:

    Obviously your time has been well spent Sue judging by the brilliant pictures. A gardener, a writer and a photographer too.You’re a gem.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


  7. Ali Isaac says:

    How beautiful, Sue! Seems like your son has come to appreciate the gifts of nature as perhaps he might not have before his life took this unexpected turn. And the flowers… wow! Are they all in his garden? Simply stunning! Must be a wonderful place to sunbathe!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      He already has a suntan, Ali. 🙂
      Yes, they are all from his garden, and you are right; one of the gifts from his story is that he can now see the beauty around him and experience it more fully than ever before.

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  8. TanGental says:

    Wow, you are further advanced than South London that’s for sure! Great piccies as usual, Sue


  9. What a lovely, lovely post. It was a joy to read and to look at! 🙂


  10. If the flowers, and your mom-ness, are any indication-your son’s home is amazing.


  11. olganm says:

    Gorgeous Sue! I’m going back to the UK next week. Not sure I’ll have much left in the garden but we’ll try again…:)


  12. What a stunning Garden. I, too, have been flat out and must stop ripping down ivy because of nesting birds. I’m glad it is a place of pleasure for your son.


  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful and so colorful! What is the green plant with red centers? It looks like a type of spurge.


  14. A warming story how your son acquired this house and all the lovely flowers you’ve tended and photographed. I love all the flowers, especially the blue ones, and of course the yellow, which always makes me smile. ❤ ❤


  15. Your flowers are beautiful. We have the first daffodils and if it stops raining, pictures of them tomorrow. My garden is a mess, but the flowers are coming up anyway. They are so optimistic.


  16. jenanita01 says:

    I was just about to ask about the green plant, when Eliza beat me to it. Stunning photographs, Sue, of a really beautiful garden.


  17. How fortunate your son is to have a place like that for his home. It sounds like a real riot of color. 🙂


  18. noelleg44 says:

    A true garden of earthly delights!


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