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Bold and Vivid - The Colours of Spring

Updated on March 16, 2013
Bold & Vivid - The Colours of Spring
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Spring makes a dramatic arrival

Spring has made a dramatic arrival here in the UK, I have never been surrounded by so much vivid colour.

It’s due mainly to our very mild weather for the time of year. We would normally expect temperatures of 12 - 13 degrees centigrade, but for most of March we enjoyed 20 degrees, setting new records in part of the country.

March is known for being windy, and April for it’s showers, but there isn’t a drop of rain in sight and although temperatures are dropping overnight, the daytime sunshine is dazzling and the clear blue skies dramatic.

Chaenomeles Japonica - Ornamental Japanese Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles Japonica - Ornamental Japanese Flowering Quince | Source

Nature is bursting into life with excited vigour, never has it sounded so beautiful or it’s colours looked so bold and vivid.

The beauty of it all takes my breath away, as I reach for my camera!

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So much activity!

The excitement is quite intoxicating as I watch the increased bird activity in the garden.

The birds are frantically digging around the pots and soil for potential nest building supplies, the Blackbird and Thrush hunt around in the gravel and leave the stones scattered across the path as they dig.

I love to watch them fly away with a beak crammed full of their ‘find‘

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Our local birds

The freshly dug soil in the vegetable plot hasn‘t gone unnoticed by the Sparrows, the soil is so dry they are visiting frequently for a dust bath.

I can watch my favourite visitors the Goldfinch, from my kitchen window. It’s so entertaining to see them explore the stone wall searching for tasty insects. I have a couple of regulars and I know their routine.

After having a good feed they fly around to the front of the house and looking out of my lounge window, I will see them having a good splash in the bird bath.

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Birdsong

The air is filled with the beautiful sound of birds singing. The excited chatter of the sparrows, the beautiful song of the blackbird and the distant ‘caw’ of the crows.

It’s not until we hear from the Cuckoo though, do we finally have confirmation that spring has truly arrived.

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Hawthorn blossom
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'Pip' the rabbit
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Sophie my grandaughter
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Enjoying spring sunshine with my grandaughter

It’s still only the beginning of April, yet I have just had a wonderful afternoon playing on the lawn with my granddaughter Sophie making daisy chains.

Pip the rabbit joined in the fun too, he seemed to be enjoying the spring sunshine as much as us, he ran round the garden pausing only to jump in the air with the sheer joy of it!



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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Not sure if I've ever seen a Camellia before. Is it a fairly large flower? I always enjoy your beautiful hubs. I got so excited this morning as one of my daffodils bloomed and my tulips are just starting to come up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      As always, your Hub is delightful. I miss growing tulips among other flowers that don't grow here in S. Fl. so by reading your beautiful Hub, I get to see them again! I voted this UP, etc.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Gorgeous photos! Also enjoyed seeing the cute bunny and your lovely grandaughter.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh, I have been missing Lesley and Spring... wowee, girlfriend, I'm in love with each and every photograph! You have a way of reminding us of hope and renewal.

      I will be checking out the rest of your Spring series very soon...just what the MD ordered!

      Voted UP & UABI. Love, Maria

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos of gorgeous flowers that I can admire from afar and not affect with my brown thumb!

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Beautiful as always, MM...I've noticed the same thing here, too, because of the mild winter...a perfect riot of flowers! Pip looks as if he's thinking about jumping again and your granddaughter is a doll. Keep sending us your gorgeous photos.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, the Camellia flower is about the same as a rose, their leaves are evergreen - they are quite lovely!

      Enjoy your daffodils and tulips!

      Many thanks for stopping by, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mary - You are always welcome to come and visit my flowers anytime!

      Thank you for your votes and have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Deborah, the afternoon in the garden with Pip and Sophie felt more like the middle of summer, the weather was so lovely. We had great fun making daisy chains as Pip ran round us jumping in the air - it was magic!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Maria, I hope you are having a wonderful spring, many thanks for visiting, your great comments and votes!

      Take care, hugs and best wishes Lesley

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Lesley, you touched my heart with all beautiful flowers pictures. I can't say anything, except "Thumbs Up" for you! Good job and take care :-)

      Prasetio

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Lynn, your comments made me smile! you are welcome to visit anytime!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is another beautiful Hub from you. The flowers are so gorgeous and your Sophie so sweet. I love this one and felt as if I were there with you. Is tea ready?

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Molly, with the beautiful sunshine and blue skies the colours of spring seem even more vivid this year!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This hub was pure delight from the photo of your beautiful granddaughter, Sophie, modeling her daisy chain necklace and bracelet, to Pip the bunny, and all the exquisite and colorful photos of flowers and trees. Absolutely breathtaking.

      You've certainly captured nature in all her glory.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting and shared.

      Also, thanks for including a link to my forest preserve hub. It's greatly appreciated.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It was spring around here as I went through your hub. I have never seen such beautiful colors on tulips. I especially love the pink one. Pip is so cute and so is your sweet grandchild. You certainly caputured the fresh look of spring in you hub article. Voted up! Beautiful.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Lesley,

      Just wanted to let you know that I added a link back to this hub from my springtime forest preserve hub.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Lesley, Beautiful photography!

      Loved how you could capture nature at it's peak. Pip the rabbit and your grand daughter is adorable!

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a delightful hub. The flowers are beautiful. I want a magnolia tree. sigh.. Spring has sprung and i'm a happy camper..Cheers

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Beautiful Hub, Lesley. The pictures are wonderful, so glad spring is here. I've got bluebells and celandines in my garden, and my hazel tree that I planted several years ago, is just coming into leaf. Voted up and shared.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Hi Lesley, great photos, I love the one of the ladybird. You must get really low down to the ground to get that gorgeous blue sky behind the daffodil, it looks amazing.

      Voted up etc.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Lesley, I remember making daisy chains and that was a cute memory.

      Your photo's are amazing my friend loved them all and of course your great words with them.

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      You always have such beautiful pictures of flowers. I really liked the Hawthorne and don't think I can grow it here in Florida. As always, the hub was spectacular. Up and beautiful.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Movie Master to be sure this is a special hub. Sophie stole the show with the beautiful photography of your garden taking a close second place. As always it is a delight to arrive at your photographic burst of colors as you guide us through your palatial garden.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Movie master, so lovely and beautiful! Nature truly bursts life with the vibrance it needs, loved the color of tulip in the photo. I've always been in love with the kind of rich orange and mimosa blends.

      Thank you for the wonderful and gorgeous colors. You're making the months so full of spring, lightness of mood and of good things that are ought to be. Loved everything and voted up across the board. Keep up!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Oh the magnolias look beautiful Lesley. What is it they say 'March in like a lion and out like a lamb' and 'April showers bring May flowers' so hoping you get some showers Lol.

      Your photos are gorgeous, and the immage of you sitting with Sophie making daisy chains while Bunny hops around is a sweet image indeed.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Spectacular--I can't decide which is my favorite--they're all so lovely. You've managed to capture the beauty and vibrancy of spring--I love that it's here too, except I couldn't be able to capture them as well as you do. Rated up.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've captured the vibrancy and joy of spring flowers beautifully, Lesley. The flowers are blooming where I live, too. Spring is my favourite time of year!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What an awesome hub, MM. Beautiful photos of those spring flowers. Is Pip your pet rabbit? If not, there sure are some tame rabbits that pose so pretty for a photo shot, LOL

      You have a lovely granddaughter! :) Rated up & awesome.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Movie Master, Lovely refreshing Hub! What gorgeous breath taking photographs! Wonderful job!

      Thank you for sharing Peace & Blessings!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi prasetio, thank you for visiting, your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, the kettle is on, so let's enjoy a cuppa before you go - it's always good to see you!

      Thank you for your wonderful comments, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Gail, thank you for adding a link to my hub and your wonderful comments and votes.

      Enjoy spring!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Take care, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, yes spring has sprung - I love this time of year, enjoy!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi JKenny, we still have the bluebells to look forward to, I am envious of your hazel tree!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated.

      Take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello teaches12345, thank you for your lovely comments, the colours have been exceptionally vivid this year!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, you wouldn't believe the postitions I get into, to get the photo I want!!

      Thank you for your comments and votes, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joyce, It seems you are never too old to enjoy making daisy chains, it was great fun!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Pamela, the hawthorn bush was so beautiful in the sunshine and close up the blossom so dainty!

      Thank you for your fabulous comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, sophie is adorable for sure, and she looked so cool in her shades and fip-flops - you'd have thought it was the middle of summer!

      Many thanks as always for your great comments, enjoy your day and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tonipet, the orange tulip was my favourite too!

      Thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments, they are much appreciated.

      Have a fabulous day, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, they forecast showers for the next couple of days, we desperatly need the rain, we are officially having a drought!!

      That spring sunshine was fabulous while it lasted!

      Many thanks for your great comments, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello anginwu, everywhere I look the spring colours are just beautiful - I am that crazy woman with the camera again!

      Thank you for your lovely comments and votes, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, yes it's a wonderful time of year, I am so pleased you enjoyed the pictures!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Denise, Pip belongs to Sophie - it was so much fun playing on the lawn as he ran round us in circles, jumping in the air!

      Thank you for your lovely comments and votes.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi DeBorrah, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh Wow, Lesley, your garden is all the colours of an artist's palette, what an awesome spring you are having, you must just tremble with pleasure every time you (and your camera) walk out into your garden!! Your photos are just beautiful and I absolutely love your magnolias.

      There is nothing better on this earth than sharing your garden with family (including pets) and your granddaughter is a real sweetie!! Thank you for sharing your stunning spring garden here too. My votes and best wishes and sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Your photographs are stunning as always, capturing the color and vibrancy of the spring blooms so perfectly. I can almost smell the flowers! Thanks for giving us a beautiful preview of spring in the UK! Voted up all the way!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Annie, we are having the most fabulous spring, the bright sunshine, blue skies and vibrant colours are impossible to ignore - I seem to be constantly taking photos!!

      Playing with Sophie and Pip on a sunny afternoon was just perfect!

      Thank you for visiting, your comments, votes and sharing, have a wonderful day, take care and see you soon, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Stephanie, thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments and votes, I am so pleased you enjoyed the photos!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Magnolia blossoms were my favorite. But all we just beautiful. Great hub. Ann

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ann, thank you for visiting and your comments, glad you enjoyed the pictures!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh struly beauitufl in all ways.

      Great photos as always ;take care and here's to many many more of these gems from you.

      Take care my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Eddy, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments!

      Have a wonderful day, take care and see you soon, Lesley

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stunning photos MM! Awesome hub! Thank you for sharing the beauty of nature!:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Linda, thank you for visiting and your fabulous comments, they are much appreciated!

      Take care Lesley

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      We know it's springtime for sure. This hub was uplifting and the photos incredible! Really.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you tillsontitan for your wonderful comments!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Fabulous photo's Lesley,

      The magnolia is stunning and I now know what a hawthorn looks like.

      What camera did you use? The photo's are super sharp.

      The daffs are so bold and vivid. You really have captured the colours of spring.

      Voted up and 4/5 buttons sharing these great images.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Lesley, Beautiful hub. Just love the ladybug, your cute granddaughter and the bunny. Great pictures. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Amazing clicks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Stunning photos, Wow! I could never capture nature like you have, brilliant!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Simply beautiful photographs! Love the ladybug, the magnolias, the bunny and your grand-daughter radiates the joy of the afternoon you shared together! Rated up - love it Lesley! -Steph

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your photos! The ladybug, the little girl--and you have a bunny?? Beautiful hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A burst of color and beauty captured by your magic in the form of photos. Loved them. They are awesome. Voted up. Enjoyed your hub.Your grand daughter looks very cute with her lovely smile. The rabbit is picture perfect.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi molometer, The fabulous sunny weather made all the difference for the backdrop to the photos, we've had rain the last few days, we needed it but it's so dull and dreary out there!

      I use a panasonic lumix camera, nothing fancy but it takes good macro pictures.

      Many thanks for your comments and votes they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi moonlake, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, glad you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rahul0324, thank you for visiting and your comments!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, your complimentary comments are much appreciated and have made my day, thank you!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Steph, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, thank you for your wonderful comments!

      Have a great day and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Victoria, the bunny belongs to Sophie and is so cute!

      Many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the photos!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, Sophie is great fun to be with, she is such a happy child, always laughing!

      Thank you for your lovely comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      MM, these photos are stunning! You always take great photos Lesley. I love the one with the ladybug. Such great detail. As for the weather, it has been the same in the states. Just hope this is not because all that 2012 talk:) Even so, you can't help but think about it. Great hub dear friend. Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Your pictures made me smile! How lovely your garden is!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, it's always good to see you, thank you for your very kind comments and votes, this weather certainly is a bit odd!

      Have a wonderful weekend, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Audrey, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the pictures, thank you for visiting.

      Have a wonderful weekend, take care Lesley

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Lesley, this is a beautiful tribute to one of the most fantastic seasons in the year. The season of life renewed. I adore the photographs, they are just amazing. You have opened a window of light in my heart for the sunshine to move in, and I can smell the blossom off the trees and feel the sunlight caressing my cheeks. Net:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Net,

      Spring is my favourite time of year...

      I am so pleased you could feel the sunshine and smell the blossom! thank you for reading and your lovely comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Another Wonderful hub! The photos are all Brilliant and I very much like the photo of little Sophie and that of 'Pip'.

      Voted Up & Awesome.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Kamalesh, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, thank you for your lovely comments and votes!

      Have a wonderful weekend and take care my friend, best wishes Lesley

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Absolutely beautiful! You pictures are stunning as always! Pip the rabbit, how cute! Your grand-daughter is adorable, what a sweet smile! Wonderful hub, voted up and beautiful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      The pictures are so beautiful that it is difficult to choose the best shot.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Sheila, thank you for your fabulous comments and votes, Sophie is only 5 years old but she looks so much older wearing her 'shades'

      Enjoy your day, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vinaya, thank you for stopping by and your great comments, they are much appreciated!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What gorgeous flower photos. You are such an inspiration! England is having quite a colorful and beautiful spring this year - that is for sure. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and flowers!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello suzette, thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments, we had a fabulous March here, but since I wrote the hub it hasn't stopped raining!

      Have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Fehl Dungo 5 years ago from close to you...

      Wish I could smell the beautiful flowers on the screen hehe. Loved this. BTW, your little granddaughter is very cute and pretty :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi blaise, thank you - she is a sweetie and so much fun!!

      I really appreciate you reading and your comments, many thanks!

      Hope you have a fabulous day, take care Lesley

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Amazing pictures. What a beautiful hub! Oh and your grandaughter looks so sweet. I can´t think of anything nicer than making daisy chains with a grandchild,

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Dim, you're right - making daisy chains with your grandchild is just the 'best'!!

      I really appreciate your comments thank you!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      You always have the best photos! Another beautiful hub. My allergies are killing me, so I can look at your photos and stay inside! Thanks for sharing these with us. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh my goodness! This is so refreshing and gorgeous! The colours are amazing. Blessings and thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeannie, I'm sorry to hear about your allergies - you are welcome to drop by here anytime, it's allergy free!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello prairieprincess, I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading, many thanks for visiting and your lovely comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Beautiful photos. The camellia looks something similar to what we have here in Malaysia, not sure if they are of the same variety.

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      The photos are amazing! I am particularly glad you included the lady bird - we need them in our gardens.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi greatstuff, the camellia is a beautiful flower, it's a shame it has such a short flowering period!

      Many thanks for reading and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi 2patricias, thank you for coming here after reading my 100th hub!

      We have seen a big decline in ladybirds in the last few years, but strangely enough we have had an abundance of them in the garden in the last couple of months!

      Glad you enjoyed the photos, many thanks again, best wishes Lesley

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      Truly enjoyed the happiness you shared by way of words and photos in the delightful arrival of Spring in your area. Your photos as usual are wonderful. Especially liked the one with your granddaughter, the rabbit and the ladybug. I have not seen a ladybug in a while. We also have the very active nesting birds...in fact a set of babies have already emerged from out two birdhouses, and now nesting begins again. The birdbath is used throughout the day by all kinds of visitors.

      Enjoyed this immensely! Thanks! Many up votes and shared.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, the early arrival of spring in March with the beautiful weather was exceptionally beautiful!

      Unfortunately we had non-stop rain through April and May isn't much better. So the initial excitement seems to have slowed down a bit here...

      It sounds as though there is plenty of bird activity your way - enjoy!

      Many thanks for your great comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated.

      Take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      susanm23b 4 years ago

      What beautiful photos! I'm sure you had a lovely spring day with gorgeous flowers and the company of your granddaughter and bunny :) Your hub made me smile. Voted up! Beautiful!

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      BJC 4 years ago from Florida

      The pictures are breathtaking!! Beautiful job.

      BJC

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi susan, yes I had a fabulous sunny day with Sophie and Pip, March was lovely - it's rained ever since though!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments and votes, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi BJC, thank you for visiting and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      Lesley, What a cheerfully beautiful, colorful, stunning garden you have! All of the flowers are so photogenic, what with the considerable skills of the renowned photograph-taker. But in particular, I like how cleanly and clearly the white of the hawthorn photographs. Additionally, it's such fun nostalgia to read about making daisy chains.

      Voted up + all, of course!

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing your pithy descriptions and your original garden photography, Derdriu

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gorgeous photographs! I hope the warmth has stayed in the UK. We had the warm March in the beginning and had frost later on that affected the apple blossoms according to news...which in turn will affect crops!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, I was pleased with the hawthorn blossom photo, it was at it's best that day - a few days later after much rain it was gone!

      Thank you as always for your wonderful, thoughtful comments and votes that mean a great deal to me.

      take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Scribenet, after the fabulous warm March and it was officially announced we were having a drought it has rained continuously!

      Your late frosts will have quite an impact on your crops - prices will be going up for sure!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful day and best wishes Lesley

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      Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

      Nice pictures Movie Master of the flowers of Spring - perhaps the best season of the year. Everything which blooms is a herald of warmer weather to come and the long days of summer.

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the beautiful hub. The colors , and photographs are magnificent, and the hub is wonderful. GBY.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Greensleeves, yes spring is a wonderful time of year - it's great to see everything bursting into life!

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello stars, thank you for visiting and your very kind comments, it's always good to see you.

      My best wishes to you and your family, have a good weekend, Lesley

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Absolutely gorgeous! I love magnolias and all of these blossoms that you've captured in their stunning beauty. What a talent you have for photography. Your grandaughter is a beauty too!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, the weather was so beautiful back in March/April the blossoms were stunning!

      Thank you for stopping by and your great comments - especially about my grandaughter!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      an awesome share and above all Sophie, very nice, GOD bless you

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi girishpuri, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, especially for Sophie!

      Take care, best wishes Lesley

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very very beautiful!! i love it so much!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi snowdrops, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed reading!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Such beautiful and vibrant colors.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi SweetiePie, thank you for stopping by and commenting, it's much appreciated!

      Have a great day, best wishes Lesley

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