Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Garden Inspection



Sunny days. Three in a row! Irresistible. Shy and looking downwards, daffodils nod their heads.
 

Exuberant mint bursts up from its pot. It would take over the world if I let it.


Grape hyacinth glows in the morning sun, its slender leaves stroked with gold.


Plum tree leaves reaching, unfolding, lifting to the light.
 

A dandelion offers its color to the garden. Today, it makes me smile. Later, I'll dig it up. Maybe make a salad with the leaves.


As I wander through the garden (it's not very large), I notice first the flowers blooming, then the garden beds where the garlic grows tall and green and wrinkled rhubarb leaves slowly uncurl. Stones mark the rows where kale and radish seeds, planted yesterday, wait in the darkness for life. My neighbour's grapevine growing over our compost bin swells with promise. I walk to the left to inspect the raspberry canes, happy to see the new sprouts and fresh leaves. I turn then, to the right. And oh, the apricot tree is in bloom.

A rush of pure and unexpected joy takes me by surprise. A tree with its first blossoms. Such a small thing to cause such depth of emotion. Puzzled as to why this particular sign of growth and life affects me so, I'll not over think this, but take it as a gift from the God who delights to give.

21 comments:

WendyBee said...

Beautiful! The grape hyacinths are amazing! You take such great pictures -- the color is so vibrant. I feel like I could reach into my screen and pluck a blossom.

podso said...

I enjoyed the sunshine with you in your photos. And the promise with those blossoms.

cucki said...

Aww they all so pretty x

Elizabethd said...

I feel like you about blossom. It strikes straight to the heart.

Marilyn said...

Walking in the garden in Spring is truly a delight and gift from God.
I love seeing your walk.

Pamela Gordon said...

I enjoyed your beautiful words and thoughts on seeing your spring garden coming to life. Thank you, Lorrie.

Vee said...

Oh the light is so beautiful, the prose so fine. Sometimes awe causes such a reaction...

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful...especially in the sunshine! No dandelions over here as yet...but we are certainly enjoying the blossoms of spring!

ellen b. said...

Such beautiful signs!

Cheryl said...

Yes...a gift from God. I like that interpretation!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Lovely sunshiny pictures. The flowers are so cheerful. We let the dandelions bloom and go to seed and become wishes. The plants only last for a while and then disappear from the lawn so we let them be. I'm always anxious for the first dandelions - which come later to our yard because of the shade - but eventually we get some and celebrate.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Whoa is that ever a lot of green, and blossoms, and beauty.

Jen

GretchenJoanna said...

New tree buds always amaze me! Your pictures convey the wonder of tender and colorful plant flesh sprouting from hard brown branches.

Debbie said...

These are beautiful, and I have felt the exact same rush of joy at the coming of this spring. It all happened at once around here, too.

Siddis back home said...

Beautiful!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Oh my goodness! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Your photos are so clear and vivid. I love to see the buds on a flower tree open. I think it's magical.

materfamilias said...

Hasn't it been just splended! splendid! weather? Gorgeous photos, thanks!

Helen Philipps said...

I love all your gorgeous flower photos......spring is a joyful time, and beautiful flowers make me feel the same!
Helen xox

My Little Home and Garden said...

I enjoyed your comment about the mint; I made the mistake, years ago, of planting a teeny, tiny plant and still deal with it shooting up everywhere in the summertime!

I like your sunny daffodils and the bright blue grape hyacinths, Lorrie. Today, it's a grey day so some April showers will help bring my May flowers.

-Karen

Friko said...

New life, finally. A joy indeed. We must simply accept it with gratitude.

aimee said...

Sunshine makes me so happy---I love it! That blue hyacinth is beautiful...
Blessings, A