Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Signs of Spring

Cherry blossoms

After all the rain we had, the last two days brought sunshine and the temperatures are rising. What a difference two days make! Out in my backyard spring has definitely arrived - I'm quite excited about the new growth I discovered!

The peonies have developed little buds - these are dark magenta.

The French Lilac already has flowers, and oh! how do I love its scent!

Clematis come out of the ground again and start to wind around the apple tree - in the fall they show tiny white blossoms that the bees love.

I can't wait for the wisteria to bloom. It's climbed into the dead cherry tree and is stronger than the tree now, threatening to topple it over, so I have to cut it back hard after the bloom and remove the tree.

Another clematis, huge deep pink flowers.

This is a climbing hydrangea right next to the bench in one of the shady corners.

The bees were buzzzzy in the pear tree.

Are there signs of spring where you live?



alexa said...

That top photo is just stunning ... Our spring is behind yours I think, but hopefully will emerge soon!

Marilyn & Jeff said...

These are wonderful photos of your spring. I never new that there is a climbing hydrangea.Spring is a wonderful time of the year.
Here autumn is making her presence felt with cool nights and mornings and lovely warm days. The trees are yet to start turning gold and red, some have just a hint of the colours yet to come.

EVA said...

Our Spring is a long way from this but your beautiful photos bring me hope!

Maria Ontiveros said...

OUr fruit trees (apple, plum, pear) are all taking off. And the lavender is huge!

Ginnie said...

Gorgeous images, Carola, of spring. I especially love seeing the bees are still around. Thank God. And yes, there are signs of spring everywhere here in Holland. But it's still cold out of the sun...around 40-45 F. When the sun shines, however, it's 50-55. Gotta love it!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, eure Vegetations ist ja schon richtig weit. Wunderschöne Fotos sind das mal wieder. Bei uns dauert es mit der Blüte noch ein wenig, der Forsythienbusch schimmert leicht gelblich. Aber heute habe ich schon den ersten Schmetterling im Garten entdeckt.
Die paar Tage wunderschönstes Frühlingswetter haben bereits gereicht um im Harz Waldbrandgefahr auszurufen. Verrückt.

Christine E-E said...

so - perhaps you should add a photography class to your teaching list!! these are stunning. something about these pics make me want to drink in the smells, touch the blossoms and walk in the garden.
what camera lens did you use?

Katie Jeanne Wood said...

Oh, wow! Gorgeous photos!!

WrightStuff said...

What fantastic Spring photos - makes me want to rush out and take some of my own. I can hear the little birdies singing!

Mike B. said...

Definitely an exciting time! I enjoy noticing when plants first start coming out of the ground. It makes you realize that they spend so much time growing before we notice their flowers.