Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to APRIL!!!! Spring is AWESOME. Enjoy some beautiful TULIPS from Biltmore!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thoughts of Early Spring--Part I

Are you tired of winter???? Do you want to see some Early Spring colors???? WELL--in 2007, we had a wonderful March... Sometimes March is cold and still wintery and sometimes it is spring-like. On this particular year, we had a fabulous Early Spring... Here are some pictures to show you our yard that year which, when thinking about it, is only a month from NOW.

In the picture above, you can see yellow and purple Pansies, lots of small Daffodils, and Forsythia (in the background)-- all blooming... Below are more!

The lamppost flowerbed in the front yard was all abloom with Daffodils (called Jonquils in Virginia where I grew up) and Pansies. We have planted lots of Pansies in the late Fall for several years ---and until this year and last year, they have lived through the Winter--and until it get really hot in June/July. However, the last couple of years, we've had very cold winters ---and the Pansies really struggle. This year, I'm not sure we'll have any Pansies blooming in Spring. But in 2007--things were very different.

Our Crocuses are the first spring flower to bloom--even before the Daffodils.

The Hyacinths are early-bloomers also. I love the color of this one.

The grass was green, the pink Dogwood was blooming ---but we also had lots of those little pesky 'things' blooming, the Almighty Dandelion. Do you see George in this picture? He's digging up those pesky WEEDS!!!!!! (Sorry Dandelion lovers.... We don't like them, at least in our yard!!!!)

Here's another view of the upper part of our yard--looking from the road toward the upper side and back. Note that even some of trees were beginning to show some new growth.

Finally, here is a picture of one of our two beautiful Redbud trees...

Now---while you look at all of this beauty, I will tell you in tomorrow's blog why I don't want our yard to look like this .... Hmmmm!!! Do I love winter so much that I don't want it to end????? Tune in tomorrow!