Spring is near

115_1545I was out frolicking in the garden this morning before work, and I couldn’t stop myself from taking photos. Although it’s still Winter, there are signs of Spring everywhere. Bulbs are thrusting up through the soil, buds are poised ready to open, and some early flowers are already brightening up the dark days of February. Very soon it will be peak growing time here in the garden, but for now everything is on the cusp, waiting …


Daffodils emerge from among the dead leaves of Autumn.


A splash of colour among the stones.


Into the woods.


Buds on the quince trees.


Primrose (Prima Rosa) – the first rose.


Cutting back the buddleia makes it grow even stronger.


Don’t rest on your laurels!


A ladybird enjoys the warmth of the sun.


Sedum shoots delicately emerge from the soil.


Daffodils by the oak tree.


Soon these bare branches will be a green canopy.


Don’t go into the woods!

20 responses to “Spring is near

  1. This sceptred isle … I’m still getting over the image of you frolicking. I rather like it. Spring is no where to be see in New York … and I do mean no where. Sigh. Does Spring usually come to England in February?

  2. You ve got a quince tree? Sooo jealous.

  3. No signs of Spring here in DC/VA! Only winter winter winter! The weather man is calling for another polar vortext next week and more snow seems inevitable here. Your pictures are lovely, pictures of an English garden. It makes me wish I were back in London 🙂 Spring was my favorite time of the year in England.

  4. That’s such a beautiful garden!

  5. Many thanks! These are joyful pictures, and “frolic” is one of my favourite words. Maybe you could post some more on March 20th, the official first day of Spring?

  6. Beautiful. Ready to go hiking and camping.

  7. Steve. i really like your reasoning, really appreciate your thoughts (at least a large part of) … so i’d be very curious about your opinion on this topic “laws of physics”. what were your thoughts, i’m curious about your entry. (http://michellejoelle.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/of-physical-laws-and-fictional-characters/) … i have not found in this deeper sense but it is probably the result of my limited comprehension. text really beautiful, just not the whole truth. simply “feminine wisdom”. i know i’m a racist. although i’ve read some really clever science text written by women.

    • Stan, Laws of Physics. Not sure exactly what the question is. To me, the laws of physics are something we invented. Does Boyle’s Law really describe a gas, or is it just a very good approximation of the behaviour of a mind-blowing number of chaotic particles doing just whatever they fell like?

      Mathematics – is it “out there” or is it just stuff that we doodle on paper?

      The Universe – does it really have rules that matter must follow? Why? Isn’t that a surprising thing? Is what we observe the same as what is actually happening? Did we invent a story to explain what we see? Or is there a deep set of mathematical rules that must be the way there are?

      MUH (mathematical universe theory) proposes that the universe is a mathematical object and exists because logically it can. Logically, all other possible universes also exist.

      Fictional characters – if you read a book or watch a movie, you create a richly detailed mental model of the characters. Those characters are more real to you than I am. These mental models are analogous to physical laws – they describe something that’s real, but they aren’t the real thing. But for mathematics, is the mathematics a model or a real thing?

      Just a jumble of my thoughts and questions.

  8. because my intention was to know your opinion with regard to what michellejoelle wrote… (Of Physical Laws and Fictional Characters). about this text and thoughts contained in this text (written by michellejoelle) regarding to “laws of physics” … but anyway thank you for your reply. but i have to YOU a little more torture. could you have a look at my text, new, (centre of…) Your comments would be very precious to me. because my language is very coarse and muddy. if you capture something i could write more clearly, more succinct, more correctly, i will be very grateful. i hope not abusing your kindness. fortunately, i write so little and still the same… but do not rush!

  9. Steve, i’m afraid that (i) too much littering your blog? but if i could ask a question (not very clever… obviously not in excess), i’d be very grateful. i met up with phrase (probably very obvious) that i like and i’ll be using it very often. (in your text “without giving anything away”). problem only, i don’t really know what it means… but what i’m most scared will be your statement… Stop hassling me!

  10. “your comments are always welcome’. oK! this i’ll do, of course, if i have enough wisdom. but not this is the crux of the matter. rather, i’m talking about if i can ask stupid questions not related to problmami you write about. e.g. about english, or other topics. because i don’t want to abuse your kindness!

    • No question is ever stupid. The only stupidity is to not ask questions! Perhaps you can find suitable blog posts to ask your questions. I have written a lot about science, etc, so you will probably find a good page to ask me your questions.

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