Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header this month was taken in December of 2018 in the Antler Hill Village area of Biltmore on our visit to see and enjoy "Christmas at Biltmore".

Monday, April 8, 2019

Around our Home -- Early Spring 2019

Our Home and some of our Flowers--April 6, 2019
Good Morning,  Family and Friends.   How is your April going so far????  We are finally getting some spring weather here --and it feels wonderful.  After a long winter ---feeling, smelling, enjoying Spring is good for the SOUL.

Today --let's just take a walk around our yard...  Hope you enjoy it!!!!!


Visitors in the backyard!!!!! "Stay away from our tulips,  Pretty Little Deer!!"



The Tulips on the lower front yard beds;  George is getting 'up close and personal' with the new tulips.  (4/6/19)



Here is an interesting Tulip in our yard.   This little beauty looks different from the others since he/she is a DOUBLE TULIP (with many more petals).   Pretty, huh?



PURPLE FINCHES at our feeders (We've had a few of these beautiful birds in past --but now,  we have a bunch of them.)



Such a pretty Tulip!!!!



Pretty Hot Pink Tulip



Same tulip as the one above --after it gets some sunshine and opens up!!!



Deer eating leaves off of one of the bushes on the empty lot next door!!!!  (By the way,  the deer managed to eat a bunch of the leaves on our Azaleas in the front yard sometime during winter.  First time they have ever done that!)



Gorgeous Yellow Tulips;   Yellow has always been a favorite Summer Color of mine.



Male and Female Purple Finches;  I didn't recognize the females at first --and had to search for the name.



Our front yard and home (4/6/19)....  Lots of green grass;  See one of our Red Buds in bloom on the right side of our home?  



Standing under one of our Red Buds and looking up!!!!!  I love the Red Bud blooms!



Red and Yellow Tulip



Who is looking at ME??????  Such beautiful animals --and they "LOOK" so innocent!!!!! ha



Orange and Yellow Tulip;   One way we are keeping the Deer away from our Tulips (SO FAR) is by surrounding the plants with Daffodils.  Deer do NOT touch or go near Daffodils... 



Purple Finches love the plate feeder!!!!  Look at the females.  They remind me of the female Grosbeaks with the big white eyebrow.  However,  they are much smaller than the Grosbeaks!!!!



One last picture of the Yellow Tulips --after they open up...  Love the red addition!!!!



One last picture of our home and yard --taken on April 6, 2019;   You'll notice that we still do NOT have any leaves on the big trees here yet.... SO--in some ways,  it still looks like winter!!!!!!   Even though our winter was warmer and much wetter than normal,  March turned out to be COLDER than February!!!!   We are just now finally getting some real Spring warm weather....  IF this continues,  we'll have leaves on the trees  fairly soon.
Hope you have enjoyed the walk in and around our yard today...  You actually got a little exercise!!!!!!! ha ha.....  Have a great week!!!!

Hugs,

27 comments:

Ann said...

Your home and yard always look lovely no matter what the season is. The tulips are very pretty

Big Dude said...

Pretty as always and we are definitely ahead of you bloom-wise

Shug said...

Very, very pretty.....I know your neighbors sure enjoy being your neighbors. Lots of hard work goes into having a gorgeous yard like this. I'm thankful that you and George share your photos with us. You always have something blooming and seeing your pretty flowers is uplifting....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your home is perfect to photograph in the Spring! It LOOKS like Spring! I love the redbud trees and miss them. The tulips are so pretty and so are the sweet yard birds. Enjoy your week sweet lady! Thanks to hubby for the flower close ups!

George said...

You did a great job of showing our Spring-time yard. I just hope you can keep those sweet, 'innocent' deer from munching on the roses in the weeks ahead!

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

So colorful and heartwarming . We have no green grass nor really anything popping up yet. We are to get wet snow on Wednesday. I guess it will be more end of April before we reach you stage of colour. Nice to see the good stuff at your place.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Betsy! Your spring flowers and yard are looking beautiful. I love seeing the deer, they are so cute. I've been seeing a lot of Purple Finches this year. Lovely photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

David said...

Betsy, Nice photos! Love the purple finches...and of course the deer. With a new house taking up the last wooded lot on one side of our house and several homes under construction with a quarter mile of our house, we just haven't seen many deer this year. Unfortunately they're being crowded out by 'civilization'. Of course, as we get older, having neighbors close by can be a benefit. Our redbuds are at full bloom and the dogwoods are out now too...side by side. Glorious! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Ruth Hiebert said...

I would take a walk around your yard any day,especially when you are going with me. Love all the Tulips and can't pick a favourite. The Finches are gorgeous. Can you send a few my way soon? Have a wonderful week and enjoy the warmth as it comes.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Thank you so much for taking me on your tour!! I just love it!! Such a perfect post. It makes me a bit sad, too, that I will never really be there to visit. Let's see, one of my favorites is the gorgeous double tulip with the purple edges. The orange tulip looks like the sun is shining out from the inside! The pink one is soft and beautiful. And the yellow ones all opened are stunning! So those are my favorites. Your post today is just too perfect for me to have just ONE favorite!

Lady Fi said...

Such pretty spring shots! We are back to snow...

Fun60 said...

I love the variety of tulips that you have in your garden. So much colour.

Connie said...

Betsy, I enjoyed seeing the tour of your yard. It is looking quite beautiful for spring. I especially enjoyed seeing your flowers and your deer visitors. Hope you have a great week ahead!

Happytrails said...

What a beautiful post!!! I loved that walk around your lovely home and yard!! From the tulips to the red bud tree, the adorable birds...purple finches to the deer you all have a gorgeous home that just makes me smile!!!

William Kendall said...

The tulips are such a welcome sight. It'll be a month before we see them here.

The Furry Gnome said...

LOVE the Redbud! Tulips are ok too.

Chatty Crone said...

I hope the deer doesn't get your BEAUTIFUL tulips. I would love to see your whole house - I know it is beautiful!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

My first thought, when I saw your header, was "This CAN'T be in their yard!!!" My second thought was that it was at the Biltmore, which was confirmed when I read the statement under the header. Such beauty they cultivate there at the Biltmore. But you and George are no slouches in the "cultivating beauty" department. Your yard is already showing off your handiwork. And the redbud is the crowning glory.

Betsy said...

I like how you have your flower garden sloped with stone. We need to have something done with our front yard slope to the side. The sidewalk when it rains becomes a trench.
We are having the yard sprayed today for ticks, the deer I noticed are in the back yard and every year the ticks get us as soon as we walk out. Never knew they would eat azaleas. Pretty animals but I just don't want them close.
betsy

Rose said...

Some gorgeous shots, here! I LOVE those yellow tulips. And love the redbud, too.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Betsy
What a lovely spring-time post this is.
Loved seeing the tulips, they are lovely colours.
You have some very nice garden birds and how about the deer! I hope they don't eat/disturb your daffodils.

Enjoy your week.

All the best Jan

PS Many thanks for your recent comments on Eddies blog post and the link too.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello again Betsy.
I think I said daffodils!!! I meant to write tulips :)

All the best Jan

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your home is just so darling! Well, I love tulips SO much that if I were to visit, you might have to protect them from me and not the deer. :)

diane b said...

Yes I enjoyed seeing all those beautiful tulips and birds. Enjoy Spring while we enjoy cooler weather.

Linda G. said...

You and George have a lovely home, well cared for! I love all the flowers, birds that visit and the deer too.

Jeevan said...

Each tulip outshines under the warm sunlight and good to see birds and deer having their part of spring around the yard! Lovely photos

KathyA said...

THESE PHOTOS TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!!!!

You're a couple of weeks ahead with your blooming. Such a blessing to know we're right behind you!!

Just beautiful!