Monday, March 19, 2012

~ Mother Nature Is Showing Off ~

Hi there, hope you had a good weekend. Did you do lots of work outside or have a slow, easy lazy weekend? Ours was pretty quiet around here. I got a few things done I'd been putting off. Got the front of the house hosed off, the dust was so heavy out there. The shutters sure look a lot better now, black and shiny against all the gray siding. They're calling for heavy rains the next few days so I've held off taking the rest of the cushions and pillows out to the wicker furniture. I have plans to make new bright red and white ones, keep your fingers crossed I can work that in to all the other activities I have going on around here. I did purchase a few plants for in front of the shop for next weekend's open house. It's so hard to find exactly what I want with the timing of things. I would love to have it full of Boston ferns and some other flowering plants, no luck on the ferns just yet.
This evening I took a short walk around the yard, I'm trying to be diligent about taking the camera with me each time I head out the door. I really want to chronicle the start of all the blooming around here this year. Our winter was so light and Spring has sprung into full motion early, I can't believe everything that's already taking off. I don't recall the creeping phlox blooming this early before, then again I wasn't wanting to have a record of it either. Has your's starting blooming? Do you recall when you saw your first blooms last year?
The clouds had already started moving in, gray and over cast skies the Flowering Crap AppleTree wasn't showing off it's true beauty.

Then, low and behold the sun popped out and I ran back outside to snap a few more shots. The tree is loaded with blooms. Year before last I used cuttings from the tree to decorate the outside for the Holiday Open House. If you missed that post you can revisit it HERE. Keeping fingers crossed I'll be able to use some for this year's open house.

Peeking through the branches towards the end of the house where you enter into the gift shop.

And on a happier note, the energizer bunny is back to her old self once again. The voice has returned, the nagging cough is still there and maybe a touch of a headache, but from where I was a few days ago, my friends I can handle this. Yippee Skippy!!

Until next time.....


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh everything is looking so pretty. I love to see the first blooms of spring. Hugs, Marty

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Glad you are feeling better. Spring is so pretty but hard on my and my allergies! hugs, Linda

LindyLouMac said...

Our blooms are almost a month behind in some cases, compared to last year. I think as a result of the big freeze we suffered here in Europe.

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are beautiful blooms, I love the pink phlox. Glad you are feeling better. I had the same thing about two weeks ago.

genie said...

What a lovely series of spring filled pictures. The budding trees are beautiful and the flowers are, too. You are way ahead of us here in our part of Virginia though we do have some trees in bloom. I am waiting anxiously for our crabapples to start popping forth. This is one lovely post. Happy Spring. genie

Unknown said...

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Loui♥ said...

Very nice!
here in Denver, My creeping phlox has just began showing green tiny signs of life..the Crabapple tree out front has started budding ever so slightly..Roses have tiny new leaves..but that's about it ..other than the Pussywillow tree..
thanks for sharing!