Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. I hope you enjoy this beautiful view from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina on 6/24/18.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Around our Yard this past month

White Dogwood
George and I love to 'walk the yard' most every morning --taking pictures of new flowers/growth.  SO--I put together a group to share with you today.  These pictures were all taken on various days in our yard beginning on April 5 and concluding with May 4, 2014.  Hope you enjoy them!  Be sure to click on them for enlargements.

White Dogwood bloom;  (I made a huge deal in an earlier blog about our pretty Pink Dogwood --but hadn't shown off the white ones yet!)

Taken from the road--looking toward one of our redbuds and our big white dogwood  (See my Sweetie working hard???)

Here's a very pretty and interesting TULIP... Any idea what its name it????

PEPPERMINT STICK TULIP  (perfect name,  isn't it?)

Wild VIOLETS in our Yard  (We don't have many--but they are pretty though when they bloom.)

Another photo showing off our big REDBUD while it was in bloom;  You can also see Tulips and Daffodils in bloom then---AND George is starting to put his container Roses along the driveway.

Looking UP the street --showing off the beautiful White Dogwoods

Beautiful PHLOX in our big side rock bed!

FIRST CHERRY BLOSSOM TULIP  (I will have an entire blog post showing off our Tulips--like I did the Daffodils,  but haven't put it together yet.)

One of the 6 AZALEA bushes in our backyard

Another of our Backyard AZALEAS;  I love this color!

One of many HOSTAS in our yard;  I especially like this one --although I love them all.

Our first blooming IRIS this year,  named Honey Glaze;  I'm sure I'll have a blog post showing off all of our Irises --once they bloom. 

JUST the BEGINNING of our beautiful RHODODENDRON;  Once the blooms all open,  this one will be gorgeous --and I WILL share more photos!

These next four photos show our HOME during various dates this past month... Amazing all of the differences---and the best thing is that not everything blooms all at the same time,  so we can enjoy our flowers throughout Spring ---and Summer and even into Fall.

APRIL 5-- Only things blooming then were lots of Daffodils,  Crocuses, and Hyacinths

APRIL 10---Daffodils blooming --and Tulips beginning to bloom

APRIL 17 --Big Changes!!!  Redbuds (on right) and Pink Dogwood (left) blooming and a few leaves popping out on our big trees!!!!

MAY 3---LEAVES on BIG Trees--and lots of growth from our Roses;  Pansies and Irises blooming now!
Amazing,  isn't it??? Spring is just SO awesome!!!!  Now --while waiting on more Irises to bloom and more Azaleas and our Rhododendron,  we are also waiting on Lilies and Daylilies and of course,  our beautiful Roses!!!!!!   SO--I'm sure you'll get to see many more photos from our yard!

My surgery is OVER --and I did well... Had it by the laparoscopic method --so I was HOME by 2:00 pm  (after getting to the hospital at 6:15 am)....  I am sore (to be expected) and will take it easy for awhile---but things went well--so I'm not complaining.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Have a FANTASTIC and BLESSED weekend.


Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Wow, what a beautiful house ! Very peaceful :) nice blooms :)
Relaxing in the beautiful garden enjoying tea ! Wow !

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous flowers you have - and a wonderful garden!

Fun60 said...

You have a beautiful garden no matter what time of the year it is but I must confess my favourite is the Summer when your house is framed by greenery. Hope you are feeling OK after yesterday. xx

Jeevan said...

Very beautiful photos from around your house! Flowers quite shimmering under sunlight... exposes wonderful colors. Love the last four different photos on your house... Hope the surgery goes off well and pain free :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow Betsy ~ I love seeing the changes in your gardens this spring. How exciting after such a long winter. You have so much beauty there surrounding you in your own gardens and in the flowering trees of the neighborhood.

Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

Linda said...

Hope you are well, Betsy. Thank you for showing your garden and neighbourhood during the last month. Everything looks lovely and it's good that you have different plants and trees in bloom
during these days with more beauty to come in the weeks ahead.

From the Kitchen said...

I am having my first cup of coffee while "walking your yard". That must be a southern thing to do because my mother said it all the time. And, speaking of mothers, hope your day will be special. Glad to hear all went well with your surgery!!


peaches mcginty said...

Hi Betsy!
Such beautiful photo's! your garden is certainly blooming! - I hope you you are recovering well after your surgery and taking it easy, I was thinking about you yesterday and said a little prayer x x x

The Furry Gnome said...

You have a very beautiful home. It's enough to make me want to move to Tennessee! Here we do finally have green grass and the first flowers are coming out.

linda m said...

The Peppermint Stick Daffodil is the coolest one I have ever seen. Your yard should be in Home and Garden. It is by far the prettiest yard I have ever seen. Have great weekend.

Daisy said...

It looks gorgeous there, Betsy! I think that long, cold winter is making me appreciate spring this year all the more. :) Have a great weekend!

Sylvia K said...

I can only repeat what everyone else has written!! Absolutely gorgeous yard, flowers and trees and colors!! Took my breath away! Such an incredible variety!! Thanks so much, Betsy, for sharing!! Have a great weekend!!

KathyA said...


Nothing says 'May' like dogwoods!

And it looks like your yard is 'tour ready'!

George said...

You got some great pictures of our yard and house (not counting the ones the old man messed up by being in the background!). I hope you'll soon be out doing morning checks again.

David said...

Betsy, I'm happy that your surgery went well... You have a beautiful yard as well as the area around your home... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Pat - Arkansas said...

Glad to hear you are doing well. May your recovery be speedy and complete. Lovely flower/yard photos, Betsy.

Big Dude said...

Looking really good Betsy.

Judy said...

What lovely flowers! I love to see the dogwoods in full bloom, especially the soft pink ones. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Janice K said...

You are so far ahead of us up here. Our tulips are just starting to open.

Hope you are feeling well since your surgery. God bless!

Terry and Linda said...

YAY!!! Get well fast!!!


chicchina said...

Beautiful photos that have the taste of spring and invite to walks.
Thanks because I do know and love your beautiful country.

Ginny said...

I love the Phlox, the Honeyglaze, and the pictures with George in them. I cannot believe you are blogging! At first I thought it was pre-scheduled, but I see your update on the surgery, SO glad for you!!!! I hurt myself by bending over to the floor and to this day have a place in one spot, so try not to bend for a week or so.

Joy said...

I love all your flowers and your home is really beautiful with all the flowers around.
happy to hear that it went well with the surgery.
Have a nice weekend!

Rose said...

I love that you took photos to show the progress of spring...great idea.

Glad you are home and doing well...

Chris Rohrer said...

Glad everything went well Betsy. I'd love to be surrounded by such color! Ours is subtle here in the desert and washed out by the harsh sunlight. Have a good weekend! Chris

Happyone said...

Everything is so pretty and colorful.
The red bud trees are in bloom around here now. I love them.

Nellie said...

Sending you healing thoughts! You have captured spring beautifully with these pictures!


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is always a pleasure to walk around your yard with you.Of course if I were actually there it would be even more fun.Glad you are doing well.Enjoy all that beauty on your yard.

Arkansas Patti said...

So glad you are home and doing well. Also glad you got the less dramatic surgery. With that sweetheart hubby giving you TLC, you should be fine in no time. Rest up and just enjoy being spoiled.
You were in my prayers.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day Betsy.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

rest up. feel in tip top shape soon. ( :
i can't pick a fav. there are too many to pick from. wow, you guys really do work hard. i love spring. have a great weekend.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I always love your posts on your garden Betsy, and oh those Dogwoods! Cant wait to see the Rhodo in full bloom - none up this far north here!
Thank you Betsy it was lovely to hear that all went well post-op and you are recuperating well.
May you be spoilt appropriately this Sunday.
Much love and thoughts are with you and George

eileeninmd said...

Betsy, you yard is so lovely. The flowers are gorgeous. It is a wonderful time of the year to see all the flowers and blossoms.. Gorgeous photos. I hope you are recovering from your surgery. Happy weekend!

Ann said...

We are finally seeing color around here. Your yard looks so pretty. All that wonderful color. No matter what the season your yard always looks so pretty

SquirrelQueen said...

What a difference a month can make, your house looks gorgeous in the spring Betsy. I love that pretty Peppermint Stick tulip.

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Stay on the mend.

Happy Mother's Day!

Catherine said...

Glad your operation went well. Relax and enjoy your beautiful yard this weekend!
xo Catherine

Cheryl @ TFD said...

We arrived in Branson today for a few days, but had to check in tonight to see if there was an update on you. I'm glad it's all over for you and it went well! Take it easy and don't overdo! I was praying for you and wishing you a smooth surgery and now recovery. Take care!
Oh, almost forgot to say that your spring yard is beautiful! It's so pretty down here and the weather is great in spite of the forecast for rain. So far, so good!

Beatriz said...

Hello Betsy
Have I said your garden is wonderful????
You really live in a privileged place, congratulations!!!
Cheers for Mother's Day and have a lovely week!


Janie said...

I'm glad to hear your surgery is over and you're doing well!

Amy Burzese said...

It is beautiful, Betsy. I know you both enjoy it very much -- and the neighbors too!!! Get well so you can get back out there!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Betsy, sweet dear friend,
Your garden looks so gorgeous.
Happy Mother's Day to you,
family and beloved ones!
Have a blessed time with those
you love, sweetheart!
I am praying for your complete
healings and prompt recovery
from your surgery.
Doctor Paul, my hubby, says hello.
He said that doctors let you go
just too soon. He wouldn't have
done that. Doctor Paul always waits 24 hours after a general anesthesia, for safety reasons. My hubby is a Physician Surgeon with a big and compassionate heart.
He cares for his patients.
God is with you, Betsy.
I hope and pray that you add me
as your friend in Facebook.
I would love to be your friend.
All the Best,
Greetings from Poet Starry.

carolina nana said...

Glad you are doing good. Be careful and heal well.
Beautiful yard pics

Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy, I am thrilled to hear that your operation was successful and you are healing up well. Great news! Your yard is so lovely! Have a happy Mother's Day tomorrow!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Hi, Betsy: I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well and that you're home and healing -- with all that beauty around you! Spring is truly amazing at your home! I love the pictures in all seasons - but especially as spring has progressed!

Andrea said...

Hello Betsy I am so sorry to have not been here earlier, didn't know you had surgery! But i am happy that you're well now. Please continue to be healthy, happy and in love.

Your house and garden, i think i know so well for the few years we've been following each others's blogs. I still remember the very organized, prim and proper arrangement by Gorge. Oh i also remember your house when not yet green, hahaha! Stay safe, Happy Mother's Day.

DeniseinVA said...

Happy to hear you are home and recovering from your op Betsy. Speedy healing my friend :) Your garden is spectacular, great photos!

Small Kucing said...

I have not seen nor touched a real Tulip before. Someone told me petals of a tulip is as hard as plastics. But another told me it's soft

Carol Z said...

Love all of your pictures, Betsy. You have my continuing prayers for a quick recovery!

Mary said...

I'm glad your surgery went well and pray your recovery will be quick. Prayers and hugs.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Betsy Glad to hear the surgery is over and you are recovering. Your house and garden are lovely during this spring period and you have a great selection of flowers, shrubs and trees and I see George is kept very busy! Thanks for the comment on my post and great to know your babies have been born. Have a wonderful week.

Chatty Crone said...

I love your house and I love all your flowers and I love you too!

Eva Ason said...

I love this time of the year when Mother Earth is waking up again. Can imagine you and George enjoy strolling through your garden in the mornings, from looking at these lovely photos. Enjoy your day!

Kay said...

Oh my! These are the most beautiful spring photos. I can almost feel the cool sunshine. Sending you lots and lots of aloha and healing thoughts.