Thursday, April 30, 2015

April is a Beauty Queen

Spring has been quite even tempered this year. It hasn't been too cold, and it hasn't been too hot. Perfect.

While I've been longing for a hot, sunny day, it's better that we haven't had any. The flowering trees and bulbs have kept their blooms much longer this way.

Honestly, I've never seen such a beautiful spring. I suppose we say that every year, because spring feels so welcome after frigid winter. But this year it seems especially sweet.

The grass is so fresh and green that I'd like to roll around in it! But sometimes I actually do worry about what the neighbors would think. But only sometimes.
Every blooming tree makes me catch my breath. It's so pretty that I just want spring to last and last.

But spring will transition into summer, and then I'll start to swoon over what a beautiful season summer is. And then fall will come, and we all know how gorgeous the fall colors are. But I draw the line at winter. There's no way that it will ever be my favorite.
So I'll just go on swooning over this perfect spring. I'm sure you'll all agree, it's a real winner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Soft and Sweet

The winter was harsh, and in her remorse. Mother Nature is being kind to us this spring. March did indeed go out like a lamb, and now the April days are soft and sweet.
Grape hyacinths with sedum Angelina
We're a long way off from our frost-free date yet, but we can barely tell. Even the nights have been gentle, with chilly mornings turning into warm days.
Jetfire daffodils
Jetfire daffodils with sedum Angelina 
Jetfire daffodils

 Spring makes me absolutely giddy with joy, as it does to many people. When winter is raging about me, I often think how much I'd like to live in a warm climate, where I can garden year round. But would I really? Would I appreciate each little spring blossom if winter didn't make me long for them so much?
Unknown hellebore

Lenten Rose hellebore
I think I might get complacent about year round gardening. Dare say, I might yawn at the blooming of each little flower!
Striped Squill
Mrs. Moon pulmonaria
Maybe it's better that I have winter time to rest up from my garden chores. That way, I'm ready to go once the snow melts. There's no dragging me out to clean up the debris, no sir. All it takes is the first warm day, and I hurry out to play.
Pansy pot
 April is a fickle month, we all know that. It could lightly snow, pour buckets, or give us warm sunshine, all in the same day! I'm sure I'll see another light frost by the end of the month. But for the most part, she has spared us her temper tantrums this year. I love that about April. She's a feisty young lady, but boy do we love her when she's soft and sweet.
Species tulips

Species tulips
Now excuse me while I go see what she's up to now.
Unknown daffodil