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May 7, 2013

Springtime, Lovely Springtime!

I love this time of year. This part of the world is coming alive with green grass and leaves and the bloomers of spring. We’ve had a string of 17 days in a row with no rain, and while I know we need the rain (coming soon according to the local forecast), I’ve even thoroughly been enjoying my rides to work in the morning: the sunshine at that time of day is gentle and beautiful and lights the flowering trees and greening lawns in a way that makes me remember to breathe deep and appreciate the moment.

When I walk out to my car, the air is perfumed with these:
lilac
Lilacs – mmmmm, is there a better spring time smell? And I’m going to have an abundant amount of blooms this year. The tops of my trees all look like this:
abundant lilac
They haven’t quite opened yet, that’s why the dark color, but they are beginning.

During all this lovely weather, I’ve been outside when time allows (mostly weekends) working on my yard. I did a lot of cleaning up and pruning during the April break from school. In addition to all the usual work, I made a decision to rip out a perennial bed that had not been looking overly healthy for the past few years:
periennial bed -before
I kept only what remains of my bearded irises, – they are yet to bloom this year and I don’t know how many blooms I will get – the bleeding heart
bleeding heart and my “crazy poppy”- click here for the story of that moniker.

On Saturday morning, I made a visit to my favorite local garden center, 16 Acres Gardens. (They are called that because they are in a part of Springfield known as “16 Acres” not because there are 16 acres of gardens)
garden center 1

garden center 2

It is still just a little too early around here for planting tender annuals and vegetables (unless you’re a bit of a daredevil and willing to watch the weather each night for frost warnings!) but I was more than ready to go spend the generous gift card I received from my dad for my birthday to replant that perennial bed. I came home with 9 new perennials of varying sizes and heights ranging in colors from pinks to purple to purplish-blue and planted them that afternoon:
perrenial bed - after
(I’m rather proud of myself for installing that new border around the bed too, even if it is a less than perfect circle!)

My latest-to-bloom-in-the-neighborhood daffodils are in full bloom now:
daffodil

daffodils

daffodil

as well as the giant rhodo-azalea:
full bloom rhodo-azaleas

I’ve seen two butterflies in the past few days – can the hummingbirds be far behind? I’m excited to hang up two new, unique hummingbird feeders I received for my birthday – I haven’t taken pictures of those yet but I’m sure I will do that soon.

I finally cleaned the vegetable garden patch of last year’s debris and removed the decrepit fence surrounding it. Next outdoor projects: put up a new fence and mulch my perennial bed. I’m also trying to grow some new grass in an area the dogs have ruined. There’s so much going on in the yard! But I do love this time of year!

May 12, 2011

Full o’Flowers

Thank goodness April showers do indeed bring May flowers.  It really feels like spring here today and my yard is fully perfumed with the scent of what seems to be a prodigious amount of lilac blooms this year.  I have lilac trees lining my driveway and on two corners of my house.  The trees seems to have outdone themselves this year.  I take a deep breath every time I step out my front door:

lots o' lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

My actual azalea (as opposed to my “rhodo-azalea”) is now blooming…

azaelea

…as well as the very beginning of lilies of the valley:
Lily of the valley

While I scoured the yard investigating what might be in bloom, I found these along the edge of my neighbor’s and my property, along with a fat, fuzzy, bumble bee:
bumble bee

Anyone know what these tiny blooms could be ?

The bleeding hearts continue growing and blooming steadily, and I couldn’t resist the pretty light on this stem:
bleeding hearts

Coming soon….
peony bud

peonies!  Love me some peonies.

Hope spring is busting out where you are too!

May 7, 2011

Earth and Efflorescence

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I’ve been rather alliterative this week! Well, okay, I only wrote three posts this week, but still! 

I spent this Saturday morning as I spend most Saturday mornings –  drinking coffee and reading Twitter on my iPod while I eat my breakfast.  My usual M.O. after finishing breakfast is to bring the cup of coffee to the computer and catch up on the blogs.  This particular morning, the sunshine was calling me outside… for yardwork.  I did do some blog reading this morning, but by 10:30, I found myself outside to deal with this:
Before

This is the area for my veggie garden, untouched since last fall when I plucked the last tomatoes and peppers.  Some years I have left the entire ordeal of cleaning and prepping the garden for the same weekend as planting.  And I have paid dearly with back pain.  I am trying to be a smarter 40-something-year-old this year.  Two and a half hours later, this is what it looked like:
After

Raked, pulled, weeded, hoed.  Not completely ready for veggies in a few weeks – I’ll still need to amend my soil – but much better. 

After a quick thundershower and some doing of other errands, I remembered there were more spring arrivals outside to share.  First, the ones I love to fill my lungs with each time I go to my car, lilacs:

Lilacs

I wish someone would hurry up and invent smell-o-net for beauties like these!  I was a little disappointed with the light outside; at the hour I was out there it should have been lovely.  All of a sudden, it seemed like the universe was listening to me:

Hello! It's me!

Hi there!  It’s me! The sun peeped out under the clouds, just enough for this pretty light to show:
lilacs

Newly arrived in the yard this week, in addition to the lilacs, are the sweet little bleeding hearts.

pink bleeding hearts

white bleeding hearts

I think these could be my next extension tube subjects if I get a sunny day with not too much wind soon.

Now that it finally looks like spring outside, Scott’s 4-season assignment has been on my mind too!  I’m hoping to get over to the location I selected for that tomorrow; be sure to get your shot soon too! 32 school days until summer!

May 8, 2010

What’s Blooming – Early May Edition

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 4:53 pm
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Here in Western Massachusetts at the end of the first week of May, the greenery is ahead of its usual pace due to some early, very warm weather in April.  Normally, I mow my lawn for the first time during the first week of May; I’ll be doing it for the third time this year sometime this weekend if the thunderstorms we’ve been having end soon.  The trees in my backyard that usually leaf out and block the view of the neighbors this week, have been fully green for a few weeks already.  And here at the end of the first week of May, some of my favorite flowers are almost gone already.  Luckily I took their picture earlier in the week:
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If any flower ever needed “smell-o-net” it’s definitely lilacs.

A brief shower earlier this week provided an opportunity to take some pretty shots with rain droplets on them:
azalea

Pink Azalea (did I spell that right? I always feel like I spell that wrong.)

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I liked the way this shot came out.  I thought the tiny droplets on this delicate lily of the valley gave it a nice touch – similar to Tracy’s “sprinkles” a few days ago.

While we are looking at a pretty white flower, here’s another:
white bleeding heart

I find the shape of bleeding hearts charming.

Continuing the white theme, this next shot is not so much a “traditional” bloom.  I actually got the idea to take this picture from Michaela.  Hers were blackberry blooms, and this raspberry bud is far less spectacular looking, but I still wanted to show this picture.  I liked the star shape.
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This next picture comes with a question: does anyone have any idea what this is?
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There are hundreds of these in my lawn, near the back of my yard where its a bit shadier.  They are only as tall as blades of grass and I run them over with the lawnmower.  They don’t bother me, so I don’t try to get rid of them.

In the last edition of What’s Blooming, I promised to share a shot of the full-sized red bleeding heart plant.  I can’t remember now if this is as big as it gets for the year, but this is what I’ve got so far:
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The promise of another of my favorite flowers appears in this shot as well.  Toward the back you see irises.  I have some bearded irises that I really love which are usually in bloom later in May.  Happily, there are many buds visible out there, so be sure to come back for the next edition of What’s Blooming!