Monday, February 22, 2016

The advent of spring

This year with no proper winter, things have been strange 
but miraculously beautiful in the garden. The advent
of the spring has already begun with those beauties 
appearing throughout the yards in the village, putting 
a smile on our face and pushing us giddily 
towards outdoor projects! 

For anyone that gardens the spring is pure bliss! 
Exciting things happen all around! Part of the front yard 
has been sowed with zinnias and sweet peas. Some
unexpected poppies are prematurely in bloom adding with 
audacity their touch of red. The eastern part of the edge
has been covered with decorative gravel in order 
to eliminate weeds.

How gladly we henceforth trade the gardening chores 
for the benefit of having a bunch of flowers like those! 
Ahead of schedule and not yet full-blown this wonderful
 bunch of violets made our day! 
Everything outside is gearing up for 
s p r i n g. 

I picked up the anemones from the local nursery; 
they fit with the season albeit I crave violets!

This year, lemon and orange trees carry too much fruit 
on their overcrowded branches. It’s time to prune them 
and shape them more nicely. Unfortunately, a spray 
application will be needed as an infection produces brown 
spots not only on their leaves but also on the fruit. 
Until now, they have been totally organic 
and heavenly scented.

Spending time in the garden with my husband is one 
of my passions besides others.... He does the heavier yard 
tasks and doesn’t complain even when asked to pose 
for my pictures! A sweetheart!

I’m still rather invisible on your blogs. 
It becomes a little stressful as 
I’m currently away from my laptop… 
I make an effort to keep this little space 
of mine alive, it’s a goal I want to achieve, 
just an entry once in three or more weeks…  
Just don't give up! 

Anyway, I’m very, very grateful that you still 
take the time to stop by and leave a kind word. 
Thank you so much!


  1. Lovely story and wonderful pictures

  2. Oh my, what beautiful photos. You are a lucky girl that have such beauty around you.
    Hugs from here

  3. Oh my, what beautiful photos. You are a lucky girl that have such beauty around you.
    Hugs from here

  4. Your blog is my link to my other home. So happy to find a new post today. Four weeks from today we head back to our Stone House on the Hill. . . I've been counting the days for weeks! Hugs, J.

  5. What a beautiful spring post the flowers are to of my favorite flowers. I love the colors of them and they grow in your garden ooh I'm a little bit Jealous but thankful that you show them over here thanks. Have a great week greetings Petra

  6. Wow I cant believe it, looks like summer overthere. I just love the photo with the bucket full of lemons, great! Here it's grey, windy and rainy!!

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and how I would love a bucket full of lemons - I am busy making lots of lemon curd at the moment.

  8. Lieve Olympia,

    Had net onder het genot van een kop geurige thee een gesprek met manlief dat we wel gestoord lijken om al weken lang te wachten totdat het ophoud met regenen, regenen en nog eens regenen en de ene grijze dag na de andere, ik opperde om te overwinteren in Griekenland.
    Heb hem jou fleurige en kleurige blogpost onder de neus gehouden met de woorden..........kijk eens......Griekenland op zijn best onder de citroen en sinaasappelbomen.
    Denk dat het bij dagdromen zal blijven, maar met jou prachtige foto's erbij wordt het een beetje realistisch;-)

    Geniet van het leven,je mooie tuin en citrusfruitoogst!!!

    Liefs❤️ Ger

  9. Wonderful photos! I enjoyed them enormously, especially as we still have snow. The winter here in Northern Europe has been rather mild, too, but blooming is still very far away.

  10. Αυτές τις μέρες είμαι κι εγώ συνέχεια στον κήπο με τον άντρα μου. Οι δουλειές δεν τελειώνουν, αλλά μας ευχαριστούν τόσο πολύ, όταν βλέπουμε τα χρώματα των λουλουδιών και των καρπών γύρω μας και τα διάφορα αρώματα να ευωδιάζουν.
    Καλή συνέχεια, Ολυμπία μου! Οι φωτογραφίες του κήπου σου είναι απίστευτα όμορφες!
    Φιλάκια και καλή εβδομάδα να έχεις!

  11. Lovely pictures. I am waiting so much for spring, I hope it will come soon.
    Hugs Maria

  12. Lovely flower photos and what pretty crochet work

  13. What a warm, colorful, sunny summerpictures in February. You are so lucky with your climate, we don't have a real winter, but also summer is far away, we have to do it with rain and wind. Looking forward to some more sunny days. I envy you for your buckets full of lemons, in my imagination I smell the lemon and orange blossoms.

  14. Wowwww olympia your post look like summer in greece.....i cant wait till spring we have rain rain and more rain....looks like a verry long long winter this strange.....lovely week love Ria x

  15. Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Have a nice week,

  16. Dear Olympia, is it possible to send my comment in my own language? My English is not very well, I often use the same words because that is all I know. But I want to be sure you are able to use a translator to understand my words.

    I love the flowers in your garden. Enjoying your pictures I belong to spring much more...I hope it will come soon.

    Sending hugs, Ingrid

  17. Dear Ingrid, of course you can, feel free to do it! Like dearest Ger! My English isn't so perfect either!
    Thanks for commenting, anyway, you make me so happy!

  18. It seems like summer to you, Olympia!
    What I enjoy your wonderful pictures, flowers, anemones, fruit and your wonderful crocheted. What a beautiful colors!
    Can well to imagine that you enjoy, even if it is a bit early.
    And delicious that we may enjoy it with you!
    Enjoy a lovely time!

    Love, Gerry

  19. You have a beautiful yard! A lemon tree is smile fruit.

  20. Sweet Olympia, your photos always go straight to my heart with their beauty. Your lovely colors were just what I needed as it's very gloomy and dark's snowing right now :)

    Have a wonderful week! Hugs to you!

  21. Olympia, your beautiful photography always brings joy to my soul. The colors are so pure and vibrant.

    I know what you mean about blog visits. We have been away for 2 months and I miss my MAC and wifi. I'm glad I saw your post in my inbox though. It always brightens my day to come here.


  22. Olympia, your beautiful photography always brings joy to my soul. The colors are so pure and vibrant.

    I know what you mean about blog visits. We have been away for 2 months and I miss my MAC and wifi. I'm glad I saw your post in my inbox though. It always brightens my day to come here.


  23. Toutes les couleurs du printemps éclatent sur ton billet chère Olympia! Un bonheur pour les yeux et pour le coeur!
    Que vas-tu faire avec ton seau de citron? De la bonne confiture? Quelle abondance!
    Encore merci pour cette invitation dans ton jardin.
    Grosses bises

  24. Happy to stop by anytime and I know that you will visit as and when you can. Your flowers are so beautiful, and oh gosh, that wonderful bucket of lemons! I hope that you trees will be alright after you spray them. Adore your crochet! Hope you are OK, take care of yourself, see you again sometimes! xx

  25. It must be wonderful to start sowing seeds, we still need to wait a few weeks. The stocks and anemones are fantastic! Sarah x

  26. Ολυμπια μου ....η ανάρτηση σου μύριζε άνοιξη ....αχ ,αν μπορούμε να μυρίζουμε έστω λίγο από της όμορφες
    βιολέτες ....υπέροχες φωτογραφίες και η ανάρτηση ..μπράβο σου ...
    καλη σου βραδυ ...φιλιά

  27. Such bright and happy flowers and colors! So lovely to see the lemon trees and your beautiful crochet. I would never want to go inside! Hugs and happy spring to you! xx Karen

  28. Looking at your post has done me good - such beautiful pictures and amazing colours! I love your crochet, and the flowers are so colourful. How wonderful to pick a bucket of lemons too. Have a good week.
    Cathy x

  29. Thanks for sharing your Spring Warmth, I needed to see something other than the Blizzard Pics my neighbors are posting. Enjoy your warmth!!

  30. What a beautiful blog you have 😊🌸💗🌹👍@vigdis_hvardagsglede on instagram

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  32. Olympia
    Always a pleasure and delight to visit your blog...
    Your photo's are so lovely.

    It must be so good to grow and pick your own lemons, I love to use them in some of my recipes.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  33. what a lovely spring post Olympia...gorgeous flowers ...we have quite some time to wait for such blooms ! have a nice weekend...Gail x

  34. Hello dear Olympia, such beautiful spring flowers, it has been a strange winter for all of us,but I am looking forward to warmer weather and getting out and about more. Thank you for always visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments. Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend. Sharon x

  35. Your vignette with the flowers, crochet throw and two pillows is beyond beautiful, Olympia. I imagine you there first thing in the morning with a cup of tea and quiet thoughts. Though, if your weather is similar to ours, the mornings a still a bit chilly :-)

  36. Such beautiful photos as ever Olympia, it is so nice to find you still blogging when all around us seem to have ceased. My blogging has been sparse thsi last year or so but I find I miss it, and coming back now I find so many of my favourite blogs are similarly half abandoned, so its a real pleasure to find you still finding time to share your beautiful flowers and garden photos!
    Thanks for the sunshine and flowers!
    Gill xx

  37. Beautiful photos and flowers.
    Happy Spring , Olympia!!
    Tina x

  38. On a vraiment l’impression d’entrer dans un jardin méditerranéen enchanté ! toutes ces fleurs de couleurs si vibrantes, les citrons et le décor .. un vrai rêve de printemps. Merci de bien vouloir partager ces trésors de beauté avec nous.

  39. Delicious lemons, enchanting colorful flowers Flowers and beautiful Granny Squares,
    I'm really excited, I love this post!
    Sunny regards from Siret

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