Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Finally, Flowers!

We've had such a cold and rainy spring that it's wonderful to see a few flowers blooming (sorry about the quality of these images. I'm no photographer).

Our magnolia. It was here when we moved here more than 30 years ago and was a personal favorite of the previous owner who cried at the thought of leaving it (She passed away many years ago, but what I  remember the most about her was her reaction to leaving what was then a rather small magnolia tree. I felt so sorry for her, leaving this home where she had raised her children, because I knew that it wasn't really the magnolia but the memories that caused her to weep). Today when I walked outside, the scent of the magnolia in bloom was so wonderful. Finally, I could tell that spring had really arrived. Somewhere I hope that Mildred knows her magnolia is still blooming and creating memories for us. 

I love yellow tulips. It's a little bare around this one, since there's an evergreen bush behind it, but I'll take whatever color I can get this spring.

We have this sad little forsythia that somehow grew in between some of our lilacs (we have a lot of lilacs).

Last of the pansies. Soon I'll replant this whiskey barrel. 

A lone red tulip, already on the way out while its neighbors are still buds. Flowers bloom and fade so quickly in the spring, don't they?


Laney4 said...

I miss our flowering crabapple tree that blossomed for about 24 hours around the beginning of May every year. Every year it got sparser and sparser, as we had to cut off diseased branches, until it looked really deformed. Then we cut it down in order to widen our single driveway so our kids could park their "new" cars too. I would do it again in a heartbeat, as there was nowhere else for them to park, but we all miss that tree, even after six years.... (I think I'll make a point of walking up the street to see our neighbours' flowering crabapple this weekend....)

Myrna Mackenzie said...

We have a Montmorency cherry tree in a similar situation. We planted it 30 years ago, and for years it had beautiful blossoms and lots of cherries. But it grows near the electrical company's right-of-way, so they've had to hack it back. Then a few branches died. Now it looks sad and doesn't offer up much in the way of blooms or cherries, but we haven't taken it down yet, because it fills a spot in the corner of our lot. Sooner or later, though, it will have to come down (or at least what's left of it). Enjoy your neighbor's crabapple (they're so pretty)!