Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why My Mother Loved Springtime

 The flowering crab in the back yard.

We've had a lot of rain the past few days, and with the intermittent sunshine and warmer weather, everything is really popping...

...even quack grass.

Spring was my mother's favorite season. In Wisconsin you have to reconcile yourself to the fact that springtime does not start on March 21, but more toward the end of April, or even the beginning of May.  March is usually our snowiest month. April is usually cold and rainy. But once it warms up and things start blooming, it's hard not to love this time of year! I think from now on I'll plan to expect springtime on May 1 and not get my hopes up any sooner.

These are some photos which I took last week and am just now getting around to posting!

Beautiful wood violets
I realize that some think of them as noxious weeds.

 Bleeding Heart
Next to daffodils, my favorite. My grandma always had a bleeding heart plant.

 Silver Leaf and Hostas
At least I think this is called 'silver leaf.' I was once given 11 small leaves, I stuck the stem end of each leaf into the soil, and in no time I had a flower bed full of this stuff. It must be contained or it will take over everything, kinda like mint or snow-on-the-mountain. 

 I'm not the only one who's enjoying the lilac.

 Plum Blossoms
The poor tree itself is such a wreck, and I've threatened to cut it down several times. But then it bursts forth these pretty and delicate blossoms -  and I repent of those mean thoughts.

 The First Picking of Asparagus
oh so delicious!!!!

I am so in awe of the Designer who thought all this stuff up, including every exquisite, functioning system and microscopic detail. And then to think that He gave us eyes to see it!

'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power. For you have created all things - and for your pleasure they are and were created.'  Revelation 4:11

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Unknown said...

Spring time in the desert has it's own beauty, but there is nothing like spring time in lush green areas! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures..... lilacs are my favorites :)

Robin said...

Beautiful flowers!!! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Karen Harris said...

Wisconsin and Colorado sound like they start their spring at about the same time . . . early summer. What a lovely post. I wish I had my own little crop of asparagus and rhubarb. Ah, the wonders of nature.

Empty Nester said...

Oh gosh! I love all the photos but I MUST HAVE one of those bleeding heart plants! MUST. HAVE. I wonder if they grow down here? Gotta run-gonna find out! LOL

Joyce said...

I feel like we skipped spring here...even my dogwood bloomed in a strange way. Oh well, at least the snow is gone and that thought does make me happy : )

Under Her Wings said...

What a Designer we have! Oh, that all may know Him. The "noxious weeds" grow all along the side of my house, and I must say they are lovely. One time I transplanted them and moved them into a bed. The fertilizing that I did to the other plants caused them to grow humongous! I had to dig them out before they completely took over my garden.. It took forever, because the root systems spread voraciously. :o)

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Spring is certainly amazing...especially after a long hard winter. No wonder it was your moms fave. And by the way...that asparagus looks AMAZING.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Debra Hawkins said...

I have seen bleeding hearts in such a long time. I really love them. They are so beautiful!

Yenta Mary said...

Such gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I adore when Spring finally comes back, especially when my lilacs bloom ... :)

Heide at ApronHistory said...

How funny! Our Bleeding Heart has not yet bloomed! Which is strange. It is one of my favorite flowers.
But the Solomen's Seal and Lily of the Valley are in full bloom. The Poppies will be blooming in a week or so. It has been such a mix up spring. When I went for a walk yesterday I noticed every tree and shrub was in bloom. I have a feeling it is going to be a bad allergy year.

Judy said...

Thanks for the bleeding heart closeup, Judy! You have some healthy looking hosta there. Our bunnies love to nibble on our hostas, so right now they are fenced in till they get bigger. Nice photos. It's a whole 53 here......

Carla from The River said...

Great photos Judy! The message is awesome too. Praise God!

SomeGirl said...

Wow! Those plants and photos are gorgeous! How can anyone argue against a Creator when they see such beautiful handiwork as that?!


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