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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. Great to hear about Inca, and what a wonderful idea to have an Easter tree. Got to try that

  2. Thanks everyone for your kind words. Sorry Jan for your losses too. It really is so devastating.

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Bib

    So pleased that your dog is recovering – it’s so hard when pets are ill.

    Hope you found some stuff for your easter tree.

    Hello Pamela

    Yes she is much better but and recovering well.

    Hi Toffeapple

    I much prefer decorating an Easter tree than a Christmas tree. I do hope that you make one this year!

    Hi Joy

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Hello Cookie Girl

    We are thrilled to have Inca back home with us. An Easter tree always lifts my spirits.

    Hi Jan

    I read about your loss on your blog. Losing a treasured dog can be so devisating and loosing two dogs within the space of a few months must have been heartbreaking.

  4. Welcome home, Inca! Wonderful to have some happy news. 🙂

    And my condolences to Jude; I had to make the same heart-breaking decision for my beloved old dog 2 weeks ago, less than 4 months after losing a younger one. I understand your pain.

  5. Cookie Girl

    I love Easter trees and have made a couple in the past. I think they look great and yours is lovely. Big hugs and welcome back to Inca, you must be chuffed to have her back.

  6. I’m so glad about Inca and so sorry about the poor dog who was put down.

  7. Toffeeapple

    Good news, you must be relieved.

    I have never yet managed to do an Easter tree, though I always have to intention to make one.

  8. Glad to hear that Inca is home and well on the way to a full recovery.

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