Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring has really Sprung



Hello Folksies
I finally saw something today that I thought had vanished from my world. The sun. Yep. The actual, honest to goodness SUN came out today. I hated that I had to work! I wanted to be home playing, frolicking, dancing in the great outdoors. But I did the next best thing. When I got home just a wee bit ago, I took some pics to share with you. Things are really starting to come alive and bloom. It is still pretty chilly here most mornings and evenings (and some days too!) But these brave flora and fauna have been waking up and unfurling their beautimous bounty for me to see.
Below is my first azalea to bloom each year. It's in the front yard under my huge old oak tree. This was the first plant I put in the ground when I moved in this house 16 years ago. Yeah, it was one of those almost free because it's almost dead plants. My yard is full of those~


Above is my oregano already poking back up next to my trusty rusty old victory garden shovel.


Now this little lilac is very special to me. Both of my grannies are long, long gone. They loved each other as kindred spirits as soon as they met. They shared their love of family, stitching and gardening. They often exchanged seeds, starts, etc. This lilac was one of the sprigs that my NY Granny gave my hillbilly granny 62 years ago. I thought it was lost to me three years ago as it got all woody, no blooms and in general, doing it's swan song. One of my dear clients, a master gardener at 95 years young, told me to cut it back quite severely. I figured, what the heck. I did, it lived and is growing back nicely these days.

Here is some more of my hillbilly granny - This little patch of phlox has been salvaged and brought back to life recently. I am tickled!

Okay, you KNOW that I had to stick a weed in here. But I loves me some ajuga or commonly known as bugle weed. It is quite regal and proud. I dig it up wherever I see it in the yard and
place it where I want. I hate for it to be cut down. It only blooms a short while.

Okie Dokie, that's my blurb of happiness for the day. Hope everyone else starts to get some
good things blooming.

6 comments:

SayraH said...

what pretties. Can't wait to plant some more azaleas myself. Wanna help me spend some of my hard-earned money this weekend? ;)

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hiya Face
I am good at spending! Listening to Cold Play and thinking of you. Missed you this evening. And yes, we will get our hands and knees really dirty this weekend. Yippee!

Snugglebug Blessings said...

Blondie,

I thought the sun had vanished too! But your pics are wonderful and a reminder that God is still with us. Thanks for sharing. I love your shovel too!

Blessings,

Cathy

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

What's the white flowering tree up top? A Dogwood? Or a Magnolia? Glad to see blooming things!

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hi Dixie
The photo on top is one of my dogwoods. My dogwoods are all white, dug up from the surrounding woods. So many around here have gorgeous pink ones that are cultivated. I would love to have a pretty pink one someday.

Melanie said...

Lovely plants glad you have some sunshine too. It's been lovely weather here the last few days so we went up to the Lakes yesterday.