April flowers now and then

What a difference a few weeks has made? Only four weeks ago it was Friday, 13th March and it was Gold Cup Day at the Cheltenham Festival. It strikes me now as mind-boggling to think that 60,000 people attended the famous National Hunt race meeting, but attend they did, visiting from far and wide. It already seems a long time ago as everybody comes to terms with living in a lockdown.

Today is Maundy Thursday and the weather is beautiful and sunny, but there will be no holiday stays at the seaside this Easter.

I photographed this gorgeous cherry tree last April in Aldeburgh when my sister came to stay. (She had taken a house for this Easter too and we had tickets for Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Snape Maltings, but it’s most definitely stay at home and stay safe.)

However, on a positive note it is always amazing at this time of year what a difference a couple of days of sunshine and warmer temperatures makes to the gardens. Overnight the aubretia is blooming . . .

The first aquilegia is flowering . . .

And, the pear I planted last year is covered in blossom.

Pear Concorde – late-season, self-fertile. A Conference and Doyenne du Comice cross chosen as it will be on it’s own as I couldn’t see any pear trees in nearby gardens for fertilisation.

I particularly value the pear blossom as, like many of us, I am looking for any signs of hopeful renewal during this Covid lockdown.

Honesty in my suburban garden Norfolk. (April 2015)

Compared to my old Norfolk garden I only have a small patch of outside space and it is mostly concrete slabs thanks to previous owners with their ‘low maintenance’ mindset. However, I really must not complain as I do have fresh spring greenery and some flowers too. I deeply appreciate my little backyard during these difficult Covid times when many families live in flats and don’t even have access to a balcony.

Daffodils in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. (A couple of weeks ago.)

Fortunately, we are lucky in Ipswich as, so far, the beautiful parks are still open for exercise and dog-walking.

A carpet of Lesser Celandine in Holywells Park, Ipswich. (last week)

And, you can even bicycle, run or maybe simply stroll along the Waterfront for your daily exercise.

Wishing you all well this Easter and keep safe.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

11 thoughts on “April flowers now and then”

    1. I don’t know about you, but I feel a little guilty when I’m out. Am really wishing I’d overruled my father and we’d brought home one of the puppies we went to see back in January!

  1. It seems your new address really is your home now, a place which you have made your own. I hope I’m right – like everybody, you’ll be spending a lot of time there at the moment.

    1. Yes, I think your observation is accurate. I have been living here now over two years and I think getting something planted outside has really helped me feel like this is my home. My studio window looks out over the backyard and I can’t wait for the flowers to really get into their blooming stride as my usual local trips out and about for inspiration to churches, museums and art galleries are on hold. It’s time for ‘raiding the archive’ as I see you’ve already wisely suggested.

  2. Lovely impressions from Suffolk and beyond, Agnes. This is certainly the most special April we ever have experienced. Take care.
    Warm Easter greetings from Cley, North Norfolk.

    1. Hello, thank you and I hope you’ve had as pleasant an Easter as possible up in Cley. At least most of the weekend was gloriously sunny and you do have a beautiful part of the world in which to stroll. Most of us may be living the lockdown life, but the upside is more time for reading, writing and creative activities that offer us alternative spaces for reflection.
      Wishing you well and keep safe, Agnes.

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