Till the summer comes again. Today, I signed up to receive seed catalogs and already, I have my eye on many little gems. I will watch my mailbox, waiting for them to arrive. It’s like planting a seed for summer to grow.
Today, we are covered with a quilt. The snow has kissed the trees, every limb is frozen and glistening beautifully in the sunlight. Winter’s White is pure and new. It’s time to rest as the trees and flowers will have hard work ahead of them.
For now, the appreciation for the season will be the warmth and comfort of cable knits and fleece, healthy food, and the darkness before spring’s light. See the beauty of the season.
Dream of spring with this beauty. It is great for art, cardmaking, and crafts. Right click on the image to save to your device. This image has been restored and background removed.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful start to the New Year.
For a few glorious weeks the lilacs bloom. The fragrance fills the air with that old fashioned scent that can transport you to another time. There are different lilacs that offer blooms in the summer and fall, but I truly love the early bloomers. They seem to set off spring on the right foot.
Cathi from Over The Hill On The Yellow Brick Road mentioned lilacs were her favorite last week. I love to offer botanicals that are near and dear. I hope you like this simple, but charming botanical print. Its set as an 8 x 10 on the PDF but it can be resized. Click on the Lilac link to save to your device.
I didn’t think spring would arrive this year. Just a week ago, we listened to the ping of freezing rain hit the windows and then leave a gift from Mother Nature of snow and ice behind. Although we still have some snow in the woods where the sun can’t break through, there has been a shift from white to green.
The birds are singing in harmony again. There are no brisk winds and the air has warmth to it – refreshing. The days are longer, the earth is unfreezing allowing green shoots to poke through like a promise of good things to come. For me, it was a happy day, we had a spring visitor. He is one we look forward to seeing after a long winter.
Out the front door, we had another visitor. One lone turkey scratching away.
I love to see the green emerge from a long winters nap.
With the air crisp and cold it almost convinced me it was a January morning. Even though it is April, this was the view on Saturday. The trees frosted with a thin layer of snow, a fresh blanket of white on the ground and the spring birds singing. Usually, the lake is frozen and offers no reflection of the landscape on the water when the snow falls. The previous day was a balmy thirty eight degrees and just enough to melt the lake. This is the beauty of spring. The little surprises when you open the curtain in the morning. We have no green signs of life at the moment, the poor little dears are buried beneath the snow, but with the sun it still evokes magic. Nature, no matter what the season, still provides a serene stillness you can enjoy if dressed properly.
This morning, the view and temps were slightly different. It had dropped into the low teens over night. I don’t think the geese appreciated this fact as they were standing on the ice. Today, I could not get close. They flapped their wings in anger. I really could not blame them, they were freezing their tail feathers off. If you look close you can see their outline.
Since there are no signs of green and certainly no flowers, I thought a spring print would brighten the day. Click on image below to save to your device. This is for personal use only. This is a 4 x 6 print.
The perennials have decided to show their beautiful blooms this weekend. The perennials are the backbone of my gardens because of the zone. I need hardy plants that withstand subzero temps in the winter. Planting roses on top of the septic tank was suggested by several when I moved here, my sideways look of ‘what’ has turned into ‘it works’.
Soon, it should be safe to plant the annuals, but I plant minimal. I try to find unique perennial bloomers to add to my existing garden of Shasta Daisies, Ornamental Grass, Butterfly Bush, Lilly, Herbs, Echinacea, Hydrangea, Black Eyed Susan, Phlox, Hibiscus, Iris, Missouri Primrose, and roses. It’s a nice blend of color that I can count on year after year.
I was gifted a bird house over a year ago for Christmas, I rearranged the front garden this year, and finally picked a spot, putting the posthole digger to work. My next purchase will be a clematis vine. It has full sun, but enough shade from the other plantings to keep the feet cool.
Here are a few more shots of plants and blooms that made their debut.
I am still mulching my gardens in an attempt to freshen up the look. Pulling weeds, prepping the ground, and shoveling mulch…lots and lots of mulch. Cultivating provides a sense of contentment. There is definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you stand back and take in your work, especially when you power through an invasion of black flies. As I shoveled, I thought about cultivating more areas of my life: relationships, finances, work, writing, and art. There are many I need to freshen up. To take it to the next level, to really be satisfied with my journey. There will always be bumps and bruises along the way, but we are so lucky to wake up each and every day. You never know what might boom next. Here is what is blooming in my yard. Still waiting for those lilacs to open. I cannot wait to breathe in the heavenly scent of divine happiness!