Spring Makes Its Way Back

The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. -Basil Hume, English Catholic bishop
Somehow, it seems fitting that Easter comes at the same time nature is waking from a deep winter’s sleep.

And, because one of my northern blogging buddies nudged me that she’s looking forward to seeing Springtime photos from my part of the world, I set out with camera and good intentions — braving high pollen levels, I might add! — to capture the following shots:

Weeping Cherry begins to bud

Weeping Cherry begins to bud

Aren't these pretty? One is white; the other, a delicate pink

Aren’t these pretty? One is white; the other, a delicate pink

Pink magnolia against a blue sky

Pink magnolia against a blue sky

There's an entire row of these blue Hyacinths, and the scent is heavenly!

I found a yard dotted with these Hyacinths — blues and pinks

Magnolia branch up close

Magnolia branch up close

Who doesn't love Daffodils? Mine aren't blooming yet, so I snapped a neighbor's patch!

Who doesn’t love yellow Daffodils? Mine aren’t blooming yet, so I snapped a neighbor’s patch!

No idea what this is, but it's spectacular

No idea what this is, but it’s spectacular

Don't know what these are either, but there was a whole row of them

Don’t know what these are either, but one yard was lined with them.

Dandelions!!

Dandelions!!

One house had an entire row of these blue Hyacinths, and the scent was intoxicating!

One house had an entire row of these blue Hyacinths, and the scent was intoxicating!

More Daffodils, along with some bulb flowers yet to burst forth

More Daffodils (white, this time), along with some bulb flowers yet to burst forth

Who invited Mushrooms to the party??

Who invited Mushrooms to the party??

Note: Happy Easter to all my friends celebrating the holy season! Happy Spring to all!

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Spring Makes Its Way Back

  1. Happy Easter, Debbie, and thanks for the gorgeous photos. The one you weren’t sure of? The blue one about in the middle of the series. I do believe that’s grape hyacinth — a really interesting plant.

    I had to smile at your reference to pollen. We had a terrible spate of it about two weeks ago. Now, it’s not so bad, but when I was out and about yesterday, I discovered we’ve entered something far worse: mosquito season. Thank goodness I had the foresight to throw a can of repellent into the trunk of the car. If I hadn’t, my time outdoors in the slough would have been limited to getting out of the car, and getting back in!

    • Linda, I had to Google grape hyacinth, and I do believe you’re correct. I’d never heard of this before, so thanks for increasing my knowledge! These were planted in a border on what looked like the dividing line between two houses, and they really did look like they’d spread (I guess you have to have cooperative neighbors, or somebody would spend a lot of time trying to keep these guys off their lawn, ha!)

      Our pollen has been awful — trees, mostly. Of course, there’s some sort of respiratory “crud” that’s making the rounds (they’re calling it a flu), and you can hardly venture out without hearing people coughing and sputtering.

      Thanks for reminding me about the mosquitoes. I understand bugs of ALL sorts are going to be prolific this year, thanks to our mild winter. ‘Tis pretty hard to come out ahead, isn’t it — a mild winter and a bug-less summer might just be asking too much! Happy Easter to you!

  2. Debbie, your photos are FANTABULOUS! Don’t ya just love Spring and all the beauty it brings? I can see from your photographs that you too have been blessed with colorful Spring! I love cherry blossom trees and was so delighted when I spotted several blossoming on my walk home from work last night. I especially like when the tiny petals fall on the city streets and sidewalks; looking like white and pink confetti!

    HAPPY EASTER, my friend! Have a wonderful day!

    X to you and Dallas

    • Ron, I hope you don’t mind that I posted Spring photos on the heels of your delightful shots — what is it they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?!?

      I was blessed to find such a pretty day for a walk. Dallas wasn’t one bit happy I left him at home, but sometimes it’s just too hard walking him and getting the right photos at the same time.

      I saw on the news last night that the cherry blossoms are blooming in Washington, D.C. — now, that’s a sight I’d like to see for myself. I suspect I’d be just one of millions with camera in hand!

      Happy Easter right back at you, my friend! xoxo

  3. Happy Easter, Debbie! Gorgeous photos. I miss seeing daffodils. They were always the first sign of hope for me after a cold, dreary winter. Now I’m surrounded in cacti blooms! Have a great day!

    • You know, DD, the thing about daffodils…some are in full bloom while others have yet to pop open. Must have something to do with their location. I need to dig mine up and replant them where they’ll get more sun — right now, they’re tucked in a shady spot that doesn’t take advantage of their beauty.

      I imagine a desert filled with blooming cacti is a sight to behold — every part of this great planet has its own particular loveliness. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  4. O, My, Goodness,
    you have all of these gorgeous blooms already? WOW. That is resurrection!

    We have SNOW)))) YUKkkk.

    …..the good news is: The tomb is Empty. He is risen! Happy Easter, Debbie!

    xx

    • Poor Kim, still battling the white stuff. Don’t worry, love — your spring will be here before you know it (and we Midwesterners are perhaps the most grateful of all when we finally get some pretty days!!)
      Happy Easter to you — resurrection just might be the most wonderful hope of all, don’t you think?!?

  5. Happy Easter, Debbie! Lovely pics – I’m partial to hyacinths and adore tree blossom. It’ll be another month or so before blossom appears here, so nice to get an early reminder that spring is on its way… :)

    • FF, hyacinths are among my favorites, too. Snapping that photo while their sweet scent was wafting around me was just plain heavenly. I could have sat right down in that patch of them and sniffed for much longer than it took to click the shot!

      I didn’t realize your spring was a few weeks behind ours. Just think — you have all this loveliness to look forward to (and we’ll probably be battling bugs by then, ugh!!)

      Happy Easter!

  6. Happy Easter Debbie! Those little purple flowers are grape hyacinths. I had hundreds of them planted along my walkway in Oregon in the 90s so I know them well. Pretty little things – aren’t they? Thanks for courageously braving the pollen to share these beautiful spring captures.

    • Those little grape hyacinths ARE beautiful, Barb. I’d seen them before, but I never knew what they were. Thanks for enlightening me! Our pollen has been in the “high” category for weeks now, thanks, I suppose, to our relatively mild winter. They tell us the bugs will be beastly this summer, too. Sigh. As long as the meds keep my sneezing under control, I’ll be out enjoying nature — who can resist, after winter’s gloom?!!

    • How I love tulips, Katybeth! You must take a picture and show me, for I have only one pink tulip but I doubt it’s going to bloom. This morning, I saw the neighbor’s cat use it as a bathroom — grrr!! — so now I know who to blame! Hope you and Cole had a wonderful Easter!

    • Professor, somehow I just knew you’d find this clump of mushrooms interesting. They look rather warrior-ish, don’t you think? Kind of like they’re plotting something!! Hope you and yours had a lovely Easter!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the pink magnolia trees. Don’t you just love spring and all that it encompasses. It is as if the Heavens are telling the glory of God, (which also happens to be one of my favorite classical pieces.)

    • I love that song, too, Monica! And its words are so true! Glad you enjoyed seeing all these pink trees — kind of looks like they got new dresses just in time for Easter and Spring!!

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