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

Monday, May 13, 2013

More Spring Photos from our Yard in APRIL

I have another group of photos from our yard which I took in April that I wanted to share with you.  I'm sure that by now,  the yard looks totally different --so I'm sure I'll have some May yard posts to share also!

Spring came to us LATE this year ---so it seems as if things bloomed at different times.  We never did get nearly as many blooms on our Pink Dogwood nor our Redbuds as we usually do.  The cold weather in March and April really messed things up!!!!  Oh Well--each year is a totally new year.  Right????

Today I'll share more photos from our yard in APRIL.  Be sure to click on them to see enlargements.   The photo above shows the upper side of our front yard showing the Ivy, Periwinkle,  Hosta,  Daffodils,  Siberian Irises,  and some Autumn Joy Sedum.  Right now,  the leaves were just beginning to come out on the trees and things were getting GREEN.

Here's one of the few photos I got this year of our Pink Dogwood blooms.  BUT--when it does bloom,  it certainly is pretty.

As I said on Facebook,  a pretty yard just doesn't happen.  It takes work!!!! Here is a picture of George mowing the front yard.  I walk ahead of him, picking up sticks and junk from all of the winds we have here. You can see a little of the blooms from the Redbud in the background.

Here's a picture showing the sidewalk (and Daffodils) in front of the garage.  I liked the photo since I was able to capture a good picture of our flag.  We had it at half-staff when I took this picture in memory of those killed in Boston.  (That is the bottom part of a windchime hanging down in front of the flag.)

Here's another picture I took from the upper side yard. I seldom take pictures from that angle ---so I wanted you to see our yard from that side.

Our Phlox is gradually spreading on our big rock bed on the lower side of the house.  This is the hardest bed we have to get things to grow due to the rain water running down that bank and washing things out.  In that bed we have Daffodils,  Daylilies, Phlox, Dianthus, Candytuft,  English Ivy,  Periwinkle,  and Sempervivum.

Here's a close-up of some of the Phlox.   I love the PINK color.

Here's one of the few pictures I got of one of our Redbud blossoms this year.  The entire tree is  usually gorgeous --but not as much so this year.

Here's a picture looking toward the upper side yard --toward the deck and backyard. This side yard bed is fairly shady --and some of our flowers don't do as well there.  However, the LILIES love it---so I'm waiting to see their blooms.  In this bed we have Daffodils,  Tulips,  Lilies,  Daylilies, Irises and Hostas.    Along the sidewalk on that side, we have Autumn Joy Sedum and Hostas.

Here's another photo of one of our beautiful Hostas.  These love our yard ---IF we can keep the deer from eating them!!!

Finally,   here is a picture showing the front of our home ---just as the big trees were beginning to 'leaf'.... This picture was taken on April 18.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the last of our APRIL yard photos.  I can't wait to share some MAY ones with you soon! We NOW have lots of Irises and  Azaleas and Rhododendron blooming...  SO pretty!!!

Hope you had a wonderful week, and a great Mother's Day weekend.  We just got home from Ocean Isle Beach --where we enjoyed a week of sunshine and seafood!!!!  Yeah!  Be sure to check out my Photo Blog (click HERE)  on Wednesday for a great photo from Ocean Isle Beach.  I also hope you followed me on Facebook this past week since I posted several photos from our trip.