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.
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.
Do you have a lot of flowers outside?
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.
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…
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