Morning Peeps.............advance warning this is a very picture heavy post...........but I thought I would share a few photos of some of the shrubs and trees that are in bloom around the garden and paddocks at the moment as well as my mid month Penny Black share.
I also have a card for the current Butterfly Challenge and Snippets Playground. It's been really full on with TL and DT work the last couple of weeks and I have pangs of guilt that I never got time to make anything the last couple of challenges so as I am not at work this morning decided to have a 'me time' play. Andrea is the Guest over at the Butterfly Challenge and has chosen Aperture and/or Apricot to go along with Mrs A's Butterflies, so I set about using up some snippets of apricot colour Trimcraft paper and made an aperture card using Tattered Lace dies. I stamped the Lavinia fairy onto a Pan Pastel background and added some flowers and trailing ivy which are also Lavinia, a spray of flowers and some TL Butterflies.
My Penny Black card above has a Brusho background, Penny Black Sentiment and Divine stamps and after bleaching out the colour from the flowers painted them with the same purple Brosho.
Now into the garden starting with the early Clematis Montana above which has been glorious this year and this particular one by the side gate has entwined itself into one of the Lilacs and the two together look absolutely stunning. not to mention the beautiful aroma.
A close up of another one of Lilacs
The blooms on this lilac are huge as you can tell from my hand - pure coincidence that this fortnight my nails just happen to be a perfect match
One of the Ceanothus - and a labs bum
Choisya Aztec Pearl, it's got a wonderful scent
Plenty of blossom on the fruit trees this year
The Harvey Tree - why the name, well when it was just a small tree one of the horses called Harvey (a Palomino) leaned over the fence and chewed it to the ground, amazingly it survived and is taller than the house now. It's some type of Prunus but known as the Harvey Tree
Viburnum Opulus - it's not full out yet but so many blooms
The girls, from left Lily, Daisy (sisters from the same litter) Pixie, Holly (the baby) and Poppy - the gap, well George the black lab was otherwise occupied
Heskey - who needs a good grooming after rolling around on the straw
Thanks for taking a walk round my garden with me, I hope you enjoyed your visit.