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Spring Across the Pond

By Kim Charles

Sarah Hollington from London, England shows of her springtime garden.

"I love my garden & here it is modelling it's spring collection.  It feels like I am living in a Disney cartoon.  I live in Barnes in London."

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  1. 2bakeornot2bake 05/09/2017

    An explosion of color -- you are so lucky, London weather is conducive to year round flowers

  2. tennisluv 05/09/2017

    What a lovely, neat garden you have. The tulips are gorgeous and such a delightful mix of colors. What are the trees growing among them along the black fence; they look like olive trees? Thanks for sharing.

  3. user-7007498 05/09/2017

    Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your spring with us. Beautiful borders with abundant color. I also am interested in the trees/standards. The photo of the dicentra is stunning. Great way to start the day.

    Sun has returned here after a 7 day absence with 3 inches of rain to give the gardens a great soaking. Escaped frost the last 2 nights with lows of 38 degrees. I have already planted many annuals, but still have my tropical plants in the garage. Can't wait to plant so more. Have a great day, GPOD'ers.

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      meander_michaele 05/09/2017

      What with the racing of the Kentucky Derby recently in mind, I can envision you pushing at the starting gate and champing at the bit, Kevin, so anxious to get those tropicals out and in place. Ready, set, go!

      1. user-7007498 05/09/2017

        I have been at the starting gate for a while. After a warm February, then cold March, followed by a record warm April, I was ready to go. We have had 10 days of cool, damp weather, more like early April than May. The good news is that I got all my edging done as well as dividing a number of perennials. It was much nicer doing this in cooler weather.

        Now I am ready to go-go-go!

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          meander_michaele 05/09/2017

          Ha, yes, staying with my Kentucky Derby theme, that extra warm April was like hearing the bugle call. I'm sure I'd be envious if I saw your well defined bed edges.

    2. Chris_N 05/09/2017

      We did have a light frost but everything outside was fine. All my tropicals are in my basement as our garage is unattached. Moving them upstairs will be a chore. The bananas, cannas, and Begonia boliviensis are all sprouting already. I keep telling them to slow down, this is Wisconsin for gosh sakes!

      1. user-7007498 05/09/2017

        I think this can be the hardest time, because we all want to get everything outside. I know I am constantly watching the weather trends, so anxious to pull the trigger on the tropicals. I think I am now in the clear. How about you in Wisconsin? When is your safe date?

        1. Chris_N 05/09/2017

          For the Madison area, average last frost is about now. So now it's a coin flip as to whether we'll have another frost. It drops to a 10% chance by Memorial day.

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    meander_michaele 05/09/2017

    You have done London proud, Sarah, with these lovely photos of your beautiful garden. The graceful curve of the bleeding heart in the first picture is so enchanting..looks like it could be an elegant necklace for a lady of the court. Do you treat your colorful tulips like annuals or perennials? Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

  5. user-4691082 05/09/2017

    I love the container with the statue in the background. All of your photos are beautiful! I agree, the dicentra is stunning!

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    vanhatalosuomi 05/09/2017

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Doxnmomx2 05/09/2017

    You live up to your English heritage. So lovely. I like the pot feet on all of your pots. The tulips are so so pretty. Please keep sending photos.

  8. Cenepk10 05/09/2017

    Love it ?

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/09/2017

    Very colorful. I love the Disney cartoon description. There's no such thing as color-clash to a gardener starving for spring!

    1. user-7007498 05/09/2017

      Hi, Tim. The forecast looks good for Harrisburg from today on- so let the starving gardener feast begin!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/09/2017

        Did you have a frost this week? Dodge a bullet here. We're so far ahead of normal that I feel I'm into early summer here as far as the garden goes! Not true, but I'm all about feelings..... :)

        1. user-7007498 05/10/2017

          No frost due to the steady wind. I know what you mean. With the record high April, I have been ahead as well. Just a little planting slow down to start May, but the cooler weather and rain has really helped my plants that got moved in my game of musical chairs each spring.

  10. Chris_N 05/09/2017

    It looks beautiful, Sarah. Love the white cherry (plum?) against the blue sky, and the bleeding heart photo with the inviting patio chair in the background.

  11. VikkiVA 05/09/2017

    What a lovely garden! I was in London 2 years ago to attend the Chelsea Flower Show and your display is as beautiful as any I saw there. What are the trees you have in the tulip bed? I love how that looks. Vikki in VA

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    LindaonWhidbey 05/09/2017

    Beautiful, Sarah. I especially like the dicentra photo, so elegant and your row of
    olives(?) that set off your tulips. Maybe you could post some photos of your summer borders so we could see who follows the tulips in this Disney cartoon, great analogy:)

  14. NCYarden 05/09/2017

    Animation becomes your reality...and your garden looks REAL good. Definitely an enjoyable Spring display. Thanks for sharing.

  15. LaurelEm 05/09/2017

    Love your spring fashion show!

  16. user-6536305 05/09/2017

    Sarah, love the symphony of the tulips as I almost give up on tulips because my was devoured by creates 2 years ago. Highly inspired by your tulip boarder and I will plant tulips again this fall and covered them with wire mesh. Love the straight lines of your garden design, so sharp, so clean and so organized. Love your lawn. Thanks for sharing!

  17. inesmalardino 05/09/2017

    Beautiful! Enjoy...

  18. user-7008204 05/10/2017

    Names of the flowers would REALLY be helpful.

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    treasuresmom 05/10/2017

    Love to see gardens from other countries. Everything is very nice!

  20. user-917537 05/11/2017

    Lovely gardens. Inspiring photography!

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