The garden in May

I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by the amount of photographs I have taken lately! This time of year turns the garden in to a whole new kind of paradise that I will ne’er tire of, will never lose

my appreciation for, no matter how many times I photograph it. I feel as if it were my duty to recognise, capture and preserve it in my own little way: the bluebells, the apple blossoms, the rhododendrons, wild garlic, wisteria hanging in boughs above walls and houses. I shall organise it in to parts, and will record as best I can before everything comes away for the next season.

I will take you on a journey behind the house. We’ll take the crumbling stone steps by the back of the laboratory and head up through the wild grasses and shrubbery until we meet the beck and the wall at the back of the garden. We’ll take a left, away from the bubbling beck.

Up and down, o’er the hills and down through the clearings, we’ll tread, following the trodden down path we can barely make out in the sweet grasses. There are bluebells here, dashes of blue here and there in the embankments, but they are only a promise of what is to come.

Over the hill and far away… here I have found a great wonderland of bluebells, completely secluded from, and a secret to, the rest of the garden, even to the deer. It belongs solely to the noisy selection of bees, and cabbage whites, that frequent the place. The carpet of blue is thick and lush, untouched and glorious. The bluebells, together in their number, give off a honey like scent, mixed with the warm smell of the earth. I love how the petals of little flower heads are curled at the ends, like tiny fairy skirts, unctuous shades of blue and indigo, white and violet.

We’ll kneel amongst the flowers and watch bumblebees and honey bees fall clumsily from flower to flower around us, basking in the sun and listening to their sweet hum. Moss collects on our clothes and comes away shrivelled on our fingertips. The balmy breeze turns, and cabbage whites and orange tips come out from nowhere, flitting together and apart.

The trees, the flowers, the mayflies, butterflies, bees, all giddy with May’s sweet syrup, enjoying the sunshine, milking the day for all its worth. They are hungry and dancing in their secluded den and not for a moment will they notice that we’re here. Under the softly blowing canopies of trees do we watch the world go by and relish our freedom.

What do you think about my little virtual garden tour? Do stay tuned for the next in the series, where you are invited in to the orchard with Oscar and I for apple blossoms! I will bid farewell, for it is at this point that I go and lose myself in the bluebells and retreat to a land of elves ♡

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  1. Unknown
    May 17, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    absolutely lovely! xx

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    • elizabeth
      May 22, 2016 / 12:02 am

      Thank you so much Claire! πŸ˜€ β™‘

  2. Unknown
    May 17, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Just beautiful! I love the way you write – so vibrant and magical. Thank you for this delightful post! Monica xx

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    • elizabeth
      May 22, 2016 / 12:04 am

      Aw wow, thank you so much Monica! I was pretty tired when writing it haha but so glad it turned out alright πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it! β™‘

  3. Amy
    May 18, 2016 / 12:10 am

    These photos are absolutely wonderful! I love the magic and whimsy of a spring garden β™₯
    Amy xx

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    • elizabeth
      May 22, 2016 / 12:07 am

      Awww this time of year is so amazing! To capture a small part of it is wonderful for me πŸ˜€ thank you so much Amy!! β™‘

  4. Elegant-e
    May 18, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Nice pictures, have a good day

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    • elizabeth
      May 22, 2016 / 12:07 am

      Thanks so much Diana! β™‘

  5. Diana Maria
    May 18, 2016 / 1:11 am

    This was wonderful, I felt like I was there through reading your vivid descriptions and looking at the beautiful photos! Your photography is stunning, and I definitely like these virtual tours very much πŸ™‚

    My Lovelier Days

  6. Amber Baker
    May 18, 2016 / 1:45 am

    This is such a breathtaking post. I adore your photos, and I can't wait for more!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  7. Kynia
    May 18, 2016 / 2:15 am

    lovely photos <3 a little piece of paradise! xX summer come quickly!

  8. Rupa
    May 18, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Dreamy:)

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  9. Unknown
    May 18, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Such beautiful pictures and writing.

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  10. Unknown
    May 18, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Such a perfect little place, so lovely and beautiful! πŸ™‚

    xx, Matea
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  11. Curls n Cakes
    May 18, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Such lovely photos! And I adored the text you added to it too! I will definitely stay tuned for next time!
    Hope you are having a nice week.
    Much love,
    Mona

  12. Julia
    May 18, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    This post is so lovely! I love well-written posts, so both your prose and the photography enchanted me πŸ˜€ You are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden, it really is a land fit for fairies! πŸ˜‰

    Julia x
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  13. Lynette
    May 19, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Gorgeous photos – it does look like fairies live there. Looks so magical.

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  14. Medayu Bestari Praja
    May 19, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Thank you for taking me to virtual garden tour which looks so dreamy and I'm feeling like in a fairytale story.

    Love, Dayu
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  15. Ayuna
    May 19, 2016 / 11:27 am

    i follow your great blog!
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  16. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    May 19, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Beautiful post and gorgeous photos! I love bluebells – May is such a beautiful month isn't it β™₯

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  17. Katie
    May 19, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Oh my goodness these pictures are so beautiful. It looks so serene and calm. Gorgeous <3

    Katie | Words By Katie

  18. Aly In Wanderland
    May 19, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Wow! you have written in with such passion and beauty!

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    xx Alyssa

  19. Wellemma
    May 20, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I loved this post. Made me smile a lot πŸ™‚ You write so beautifully! And the pictures look amazing. I'd love a garden like that.
    Emma xxx

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  20. Rasa
    May 20, 2016 / 10:51 am

    These photos are magical! xo

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  21. Lady_Myx
    May 20, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    amazing photos! My boyfriend is planning to buy a DSLR. what brand and kind are you using?

    Myxilog

  22. Unknown
    May 20, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Your garden looks like the perfect setting for a fairy tale … Beautiful!

    Amy – fourcatsplusus

  23. Kenzie Smith
    May 23, 2016 / 12:28 am

    Your writing is absolutely beautiful and I love the story you weave while taking us through your garden. It sounds like a fairy tale!

  24. Angharad
    May 24, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I've been looking forward to seeing your bluebell photos. Gorgeous! Angharad x

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  25. Kayleigh Williams
    June 3, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    your photography skills are AMAZING! so summery x

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