Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring Is Here!

We're back from the cottage and just look what happened while we were gone! I guess spring has finally arrived here in the midwest and it sure is about time. It was a bit cooler up at the cottage than it was at home, so we didn't see any of this glorious color up there. But this certainly was a treat to come home to this wonderful sight!
It's sunny and warm today ~ weather that I have been longing for for quite some time. We had a nice relaxing time at the cottage although not many of the shops were opened yet. We did go for a nice long walk on a nature trail and I got several pages completed in my art journal, which I will share in a day or two.
The little blue flowers above are called Scillia and they remind me of my aunt, who passed away quite a few years ago. She had them planted at her house along the driveway and they are the most vivid blue flower I have ever seen. They are a much deeper hue than pictured here... I couldn't even match the color using Photoshop! They were in bloom when my aunt was in the hospital for the last time, so I brought her a bouquet of them to remind her of home. Although she was terribly weak at the time, she managed to smile and tell my cousin to press them for her. I like having that little reminder of her and I am always so afraid that my husband will pull them up when he is raking under the Austrian pines where they are planted. But they are very durable for being such a tiny delicate flower and sprout back up every year. As you can see, I have a lot of blue in my garden. It is my favorite color to plant. I love the blue of violets, delphinium, lilacs, hydrangeas, salvia, pansies, and larkspur. I like to combine them with white or yellow or deep pink flowers. I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty and working in the rich, warm soil. The stillness of the garden, with all it's plant life, birds, butterflies, toads, and insects, alway makes me feel more alive and content. It never seems like work to me though . . .
well ~ God's Work perhaps.

3 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Spring has finally come for you. What pretty flowers
Alison

dede warren said...

Your garden is lovely Jeanne, and I too love the blue flowers. I spent many hours today sprucing our yard after months of warm weather, it needed the first big spring cleaning. It seems everything is beautiful again in both our gardens...

PJ said...

What a lovely garden and the life and memories around it! Bursting with color :)

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