Spring Flowers - Outside

A stroll outside...

A meandering stroll outside one’s home now days should display the annual arrival of spring. Or at least that’s the case at my home in eastern Tennessee. The grounds and shrubs are showing the buds and blossoms in a variety of color and often the flowers fragrance fills the air with sweet bouquets depicting their scented beauty.

Blood Root
Blood Root

Spring is in the air

Let’s just take a little stroll around the house and see how my wife’s flowers are doing. I first noticed the crocus on Valentine’s Day, and a few weeks later the daffodils bloomed. Springtime is now upon us and I hear many say, “It’s about time…” It has been a long winter it seems with week after week of snow and unusually cold Canadian air coming in like wave after wave upon the sea shore. But that was then, now, it’s finally spring. The time for flowers and birds that sing; what a beautiful time of year. Almost daily now we notice new flowers blooming, not only the bulbs we set out last fall, there are also the wild flowers and the perennials that bloom according to their own built in time clocks. Careful where you step, you see the wild violets growing in patches all over the yard? Pay particular attention to the delicate Bloodroot, that grows wild in the small wooded areas out back which I transplanted at the base of the Redbud and Dogwood trees and along the front walk. Spring is in the air.

Wild Violets
Wild Violets

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Grape Hyacinths
Grape Hyacinths

one lone Johnnie Jump-Up...

My wife’s Tiger Lilies are a foot high already along the north-side fence and the Grape Hyacinths are blooming in abundance every place there is an opening. The leaves are coming out on the lilac bushes and there are small buds showing but it will be about month or so before their sweet fragrance fills the whole neighborhood with its sweetness. The Jasmine Bush still has a few of the buttery yellow blooms and the old apple tree is putting out its leaves but it will be a few days yet before the apple blossoms begin to show. Along the south side of the house are the poppies, the iris and the hydrangea, oh yes and my wife’s prize holly hawk, all just coming along nicely. It might be a month before the orange poppies bloom and a few weeks later for the iris. My wife said to be sure and mention the lone Johnnie Jump Up at the edge of the grass at one corner, no one knows where that came from but there will be many more all over the yard throughout the summer.

Thorn Apple
Thorn Apple
Johnnie Jump-Ups
Johnnie Jump-Ups

watching for the new growth...

The surprise lilies foliage is in full array, but will die down and vanish before the bright pink plant stalls that appear almost unnoticed overnight come late July or August. My wife cut the shabby monkey grass along the front walk back before I mowed last week and we’re watching for the new growth to appear, while the phlox is slowly putting out a few blooms at a time.

I almost forgot the bright yellow color of the forsythia that is almost blinding in the bright sunshine right along our back boundary beside the plum tree that is already smelling up the whole back yard with it’s luscious fragrance. Well, that’s about it except for the mosses and the ferns as they unroll their beautiful fonds. I’m going back in now to set down for a spell, all this walking and looking around has about worn me out…

© 2011 SamSonS


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The flowers look nice. In Wisconsin the flowers will have to wait until it quits snowing.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks dahoglund for your nice comments. Sorry about the snow, heard about it on Fox News...

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

Ours here in Michigan aren't blooming yet. I can't wait. We do have crocus blooming now though.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Sorry I pushed useful, don't know why I did that! But yes the magnolias here are so gorgeous and I took pictures today I need to be looking at! It was so warm and so beautiful in all directions!

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Susan, for your nice comments. I need to talk to you sometime about another site...

*and thank you Barbara Kay for your visit and yes, our crocus are just about over. I meant to include a pic of those...

*thank you Polly for stopping by, and thanks for the ratings. Would like to see those magnolias...

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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

How very interesting. I've been out taking pictures for the very same, a hub on Spring in Limousin, and we have the EXACT same plants here. I can also say that there are the same ones in England. I suppose we have the 19th century plant hunters or else the international nurseries to thank for that. (Perhaps good subject for another hub??)

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: I voted this up! I love looking at the beauty of flora of all kinds. I enjoy and am amazed at their beauty. That said, I would never grow one for I believe if you can't eat it, don't grow it. But that's just me. I do enjoy going to my neighborhood botanical gardens to observe God's creativity.

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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


Glad Spring has arrived in Tennessee. The snow tells another story in Central Pennsylvania.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

You are lucky to have all these gorgeous flowers popping up around your yard so soon this Spring. I have a few popping out too and I'm enjoying them to the fullest along with the birds that are singing by my window right now. Thanks for sharing your walk and these beautiful pictures with us.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Les Trois Chenes for your visit and your nice comments about the similarities of plants between the countries...

*and thank your Bro Dave for your interesting comments. God has truly placed us all within His beautiful world to enjoy each and every part of it...

*lifegate I hear that some areas north of here are indeed suffering yet another blast of Ole Man Winter's fury...

*thank you Becky for stopping by and sharing your perspective and mentioning the birds singing. Thanks also for your compliments on the pix which I really enjoy taking...

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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Beautiful pictures of flowers!!! I have over 25 plants inside of my home!!.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks drpastorcarlotta for stopping by and for your nice comments. Inside flowers is next on my agenda...

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katrinasui 5 years ago

I love spring flowers. They look awesome.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

and again I say thanks katrinasui, for your nice words of affirmation...

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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Such beautiful pictures. They seem so real that you feel incline to touch them. I notice that you like purple/blue flowers.

I have been to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on two occasions (9 years apart) and I skipped classes to attend the shows. I was so ecstatic at the beauty of nature and the display by the ingenuity of man.

Thank you for the beauty of the earth which you have nutured and captured their beauty in photography for all to share. Thank your wife also for her green fingers. God be blessed.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much einron for your gracious comments and blessings on you also my dear...

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your stroll among your back yard flowers. I actually did not know what a Johnny-jump-up was. I do have a few violets, iris and one Mirandy rose, but my take-care-of themselves Four-o-clocks are my mainstay.

Thanks for your natural beauty...am going to your inside flowers hub now.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you so much frogyfish for reading and making such inspiring comments. Glad you found out what a Johnny Jump Up is and also happy to hear about your Four O'Clocks. Boy they will take over if you don't keep them thinned out, won't they. I also need to write a new hub about the outside flowers. Just yesterday noticed a prized orange iris had bloomed...

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I vote up, awesome, and beautiful. Did I mention that I will share too? Great photos and descriptions to brighten up my summer day :)

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Great pictures, nice variety of spring flowers. I'm sure you enjoy your yard. Thank you for sharing it with us. Glad Christy shared it with her followers.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thank you so much Christy for your nice ratings and for sharing. I appreciate your kind remarks...

*and thank you Cyndi for stopping by and commenting on the pix of my spring flowers...

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