spring! it’s official!


Wordsworth saw a “host of golden daffodils”

I haven’t seen that …


have you noticed the buds on the trees where you live ….

here in Oxfordshire it is a delight to see the Weeping Willow,

a green cascade down to the river ….

the Elder, in our garden has started to leaf ….

and the blossom on the Blackthorn on the footpath –

beauty in scrub land …

but I don’t know how much you know about the Laurel ….

there is of course the Bay Laurel

“The Laurus Nobilis belongs to the Lauraceae family.

The Bay Laurel is an evergreen tree typically found in the mediterranean

and produces the bay leaf which is used so commonly in Mediterranean cooking”

(best to remove the hearts before using in cooking!)

then there is …

The Portuguese Laurel

Laurel, Portugal - Bareroot



This ….

I S …..   exciting!……

here in Oxfordshire there is a very rare kind of Laurel,

in fact

it is only in very isolated pockets of Oxfordshire ….

here it is in it’s Spring Time flowering ….

Ha Ha! how pretty!

I have had a count up of my hexies,

to date, sewn up into rows,

I have 1100

I am amazed, how did I get so many!

Well, I suppose just one at a time :0)


I guess Bella would prefer a Laurel Ball Tree …  :0)

or one of these ….

canon ball tree fruit: large hard shelled fruit of the cannonball tree

it’s a Cannon-ball tree that I saw in South Africa!


thanks for stopping by ….

from Bella and me ….

hope to see you again soon :0)

5 responses

  1. Hello Val! We use often bay leaves in cooking. A while ago I was thinking to show a photo of my bush but it wasn’t in very good shape this time. I love yours with flowers!!! You have it so right … one by one and we can reach where ever we want!
    That ball tree is amazing – dream of Bella’s and Nero’s!
    Love Teje and Nero

  2. such beautiful spring scenery! I love seeing all the plants coming back to life. Love the handmade buds you added here and there 😉 We don’t have any buds on our trees yet, but the bulbs are peaking up and the dogwood and forsythia are getting ready to do something. Such an exciting time of year!

  3. What a lovely post! The weeping willow pic is especially pretty.Here in this warmer climate we don’t get as big of a spring show of flowering. “Spring” an develop slowly starting in January. In fact, we often have deciduous trees losing leaves in January.