Once in a Pink Moon.

Last night the pink super moon was such a wonderful sight that I had to run outside to get a shot of it.

Super moon

The pink moon is supposed to represent rebirth and renewal and the pink flowers that bloom in the spring.  So I celebrate it today with my beautiful dark pink crab apple Malus ‘Princeton Cardinal’ which is a stunning sight right now.

Malus ‘Princeton Cardinal’


And I have a good reason to be in the pink today because at last my path through the winter garden is finished. It looked like this in the autumn and throughout the winter it was a bog.

But one of the advantages of being locked up is that you can get things done and now at last it is finished. Yippee! Come and look.

And looking back.


So now I have to get on with the other big project; it is coming on but there is a lot more to be done before I can plant my maids in waiting.

We are having such glorious weather at the moment that having to stay in the garden is a delight. Even when everything outside is grim it is wonderful to escape from the news and spend time with just the birds and butterflies for company.

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44 Responses to Once in a Pink Moon.

  1. bcparkison says:

    A lot of work but it looks great. Enjoy!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    OH, I so miss the flowering crabapple I grew up with. It was an old cultivar that was about the color of ‘Prairie Fire’. I do like them in other landscapes, but will probably never grow one in my own garden. I prefer fruiting trees.

    • Chloris says:

      Oh yes, Prairie Fire is another dark pink one. I love crab apples, they look good in both spring and autumn.

      • tonytomeo says:

        ‘Prairie Fire’ seems to be a slightly different hue of pink every year. Initially, the individual blossoms seemed to be two different tints of pink, like rich dark pink striped with bright lighter pink, which is more than slightly different from what they are now. This year, they seem to be like they were last year. Weirdly, all of the same cultivar in the region are the same hue each year. They must know what they are doing. The fruit is nice in winter. However, there is not much foliar color in autumn here. I do not mind. That is just how our climate is. The old tree that I remember in the Western Santa Clara Valley bloomed similarly, but foliated with bright green foliage in spring, rather than with bronzed buds, and the fruit was big enough to make jelly with. ‘Prairie Fire’ works better for where it is (in this particular application), because the fruit is small enough for birds to take it. No one else would harvest it there.

  3. M.B. Henry says:

    Beautiful!! Can practically smell those blossoms 🙂

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    Everything looks beautiful, Chloris!

  5. susurrus says:

    Gosh, that looks lovely. Such a beautiful colour of pink too.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Impressive lot of work you’ve done, Liz. It looks fabulous!

  7. Jackie Knight says:

    Amazing transformation, very inviting path, blossom is beautiful.

  8. alison41 says:

    Your pink post cheered me enormously. Just what I needed on a cloudy day, and our lockdown extended for another two weeks. Gardens are a godsend!

    • Chloris says:

      The lockdown here is going to last for some time to come too, but I would be scared to go anywhere anyway. Thank you, I’m glad you liked my pink.

  9. Amazing crabapple, not one that I have heard of before, but it is a beauty. Your path is wonderful. I didn’t expect anything less. x

  10. Charlotte says:

    Magnificent! A piece of paradise right there on your doorstep!

  11. Your labors paid off. I will be looking forward to seeing it evolve over the years.

  12. Heyjude says:

    Stunning colour and stunning path. I’d love to wander around your gorgeous garden.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jude, it would be lovely if you could come and stroll round the garden but goodness knows when we will ever be able to do such a thing.

  13. Martha says:

    Your new path is beautiful! I would love to pay a return visit if I ever cross the Atlantic again. Our group visit with Marian a couple of years ago was the highlight of our tour!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Martha, it was lovely to meet you. I hope you will come again you would be very welcome. I have made a lot of changes since you were here so there is lots to see.

  14. pbmgarden says:

    Well done. Who wouldn’t enjoy a stroll along that beautiful path. !

  15. Kris Peterson says:

    It looks wonderful! I’m glad you’re enjoying your garden. It’s been raining fairly steadily most of the week here but, given our record when it comes to that, we’re not complaining. Still, it looks as though the rain’s clearing out now and tomorrow should be sunny so I hope I can get in the same groove you’re in.

  16. Cathy says:

    Yippee indeed – and my goodness, all the photos make your garden look even bigger and I am struggling to orientate myself, despite having visited twice. You must be thrilled with your path – was it a joint effort? The way it sweeps through the garden is so inviting – well done! And an intriguing new projec? Orchard? Meadow? Orchard with meadow? My potential project is on hold as I haven’t yet worked out what to do (it’s a modification) but I shall keep pondering and waiting for inspiration… That crab apple is beautiful – the blossom really stands out, unlike Royalty, where the foliage follows on so quickly that the pink of the blossom is soon hidden. Have a good gardening w/e ps I saw the moon from the bottom of the garden when I went out to close the greenhouse and rushed to the front to get a better view – but couldn’t find it! I began to think I had been imagining it until I went upstairs and could just see it peeping out above the nearest house!

    • Chloris says:

      This part of the garden looks quite different now. I did have help with the path. No, it won’t be a meadow because it is no good having grass round the trees, it would make mowing too difficult.

  17. Cathy says:

    Wow, your new path looks amazing! Our moon was only slightly pink as it came up, but otherwise looked pretty normal. I wonder what your next project will be… We are also making the most of the time and weather to get things done. Have a lovely Easter weekend in your garden! 😃

    • Chloris says:

      I think its called a pink moon because it appears at blossom time. We have had the most amazing weather throughout April and of course loads of time to spend in the garden.

  18. snowbird says:

    Goodness, that is a beautiful picture of the moon. Let’s hope birth and renewal are on the way. Your path is just stunning! I salute you, what a fantastic job! I love that dark pink crab apple, just beautiful. Yes, it’s a pleasure to garden with just birdsong and flutterby’s.xxx

  19. Brilliant job on the path, and that’s a lovely crabapple. Ours are just starting to leaf out. We’re supposed to have snow next week, but then the temperatures should bounce back.

  20. Lucy Corrander says:

    Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your beautiful garden and lovely, peaceful path and fantastic blossom. Cor!

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