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Flowers from the garden: March 2010


Photo: Easter tree 2010

Photo: Easter tree 2010

Inca came home this afternoon. Svelte and so much better. Fingers crossed that the steroids work – she’s back in a months time for anoither spinal tap to see how things are progressing. Thank you for all your support which has bouyed us up over the past week.


I celebrated by putting up our Easter Tree. We’ve had one for the past two years now. The idea is that you cut twigs in bud and gradually over the Easter holiday the leaves appear. I usually just give the beech hedging a bit of a haircut to make our tree. But I’m a bit late this year – ideally you cut the branches a couple of weeks before Easter. So I’ve included Forsythia and Bachelor’s Buttons (Kerria Japonica Pleniflora) so this year our tree will have flowers as well as leaves.


The great thing about an Easter tree us that there are no rules so you can have a lot of fun with this project. I’ve lost the eggs and the portly bee that we had last year but unearthed a carrier bag containing these treasures in a desperate search this afternoon – they had gone AWOL five years ago. Without the eggs the tree looked a bit bare so I added the bows.


There is something really hopeful and uplifting about an Easter tree. Watching the leaves and flowers gradually unfurl is magical. If you give it a go this year you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Oh that’s wonderful news, I’m so pleased. Our boy has been back on the sick list this week. For a couple of days it looked like the illness that almost killed him in November was back, but now it seems like it was a completely different problem and he’s going to be OK. And the Easter Tree is a smashing idea, I’ll be off to have a rummage around the back of the yard in a while to see if I can copy you.

  2. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Susan

    My brother lives in New Zealand and I always find it hard to get my head round the difference in the seasons.

    This spring is especially welcome as we have had such a hard winter this year.

    Hello Danast

    Yes we are thrilled to have Inca home. The other Min Pins are not quite so happy though as they have been enjoying the peace and quiet but things will settle down quickly.

    Hi ChickPea

    Yes it is good to have her home again. Fingers crossed that she continues to recover.

    Hello Wendy

    Yes it is good news as she was very ill. I love making Easter trees – a real celebration of spring.

    Hello Seahorse

    Oh do have a go. It’s great to see the leaves and flowers gradually unfurl. I do hope your son feels better soon.

    Hello Jude

    Poor you. It’s such a hard decision to have to make. I’m sending you a big hug.

    Hello Rosemary

    I know that I’d prefer Easter in spring rather than autumn and snow at Christmas rather than sunshine and blue skies. It must seem really odd!

    Hi Casalba

    So very happy to have her home again. She’s snoring under the duvet as I write this!

  3. casalba

    Welcome home, Inca.

  4. rosemary

    as an american living in new zealand also, easter is all back to front to me. somehow having easter during beginning of fall puts all my decorations in limbo! lol i will pull out the old bunny tree tho!(it feels more halloween weather now!)

  5. I’m glad Inca is back home with you and making a good recovery.

    Sadly my I had to make the decision to end my dogs life the day after making my previous comment. I feel so gutted and upset.

    Sorry to post this here but I just feel so emotional.

  6. seahorse

    Great news, so glad. And I love the Easter tree so much am inspired to surprise my son with one after the weekend. He’s been poorly with a bug and I think this is just the ticket to cheer him up.

  7. Wonderful news and I love your Easter Tree x

  8. ChickPea

    So very glad to hear that Inca is home again – have a great weekend. x

  9. Oh I am so glad your wee girl is home. I hope she continues to improve and gets back to full health. I am sure you are all delighted to have her back where she belongs. I am so happy for you tonight.

  10. How wonderful to see the forsythia in your Easter Tree – truly a reminder of an English spring. Having moved to New Zealand in 1965 Easter is now in Autumn – not the same at all.

    Just love your blog

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