Saturday, February 07, 2015

Glimpses of Colour



It's still dark when we eat breakfast on weekdays (7-7:30 am). This morning we slept in. While sitting eating my eggs, I looked out at the pots on the patio. Hey, what's that purple? Two little Siberian irises stand valiantly in the rain. Welcome, welcome!


Similarly, our walks are usually taken at night, after dinner, in the dark and we miss this carpet of naturalized croci and cyclamen with clumps of creamy snowdrops here and there. Today we went in the afternoon and enjoyed the hundreds of flowers. It's so pretty. And early. We've barely had winter this year.


Wandering further we were struck by the extensive moss creeping over the Garry Oaks. It's bright against the leafless browns of shrubs and trees.

Linking to Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little Home and Garden. There's little sunshine in this post, but all the rain is making for some welcome colour. 

31 comments:

My Little Home and Garden said...

I would say all of that colour brightens up a day, with or without a shining sun. The irises and carpet of blooms show a vastly different part of our country than my snow covered landscape, with more still coming down. I do like the snow, but I think I need to pick up a bouquet or some potted bulbs for a little dose of colour!

I hope you have a lovely week, Lorrie.

Karen

Mrs.Rabe said...

So nice to see the flowers beginning to bloom!

Very nice!
Deanna

Sara D.B. said...

The irises, croci and cyclamen look so wonderful!
Where I live it's snowing also this morning, and the newspapers say that during the winter months this year we have had about half of the "normal" amount of hours of sunshine. One can notice it.
Thank you for these primaveral images!

Marigold Jam said...

Beautiful and so full of hope of spring to follow.

Elizabethd said...

It is so encouraging to see the first signs of colour in the garden. I have one purple crocus that has just shown its face!

EG CameraGirl said...

ovely to see all the flowers! A snowplow just went by my office window. :))

podso said...

That is an amazing moss covered tree. We also have barely had winter. The pansies are blooming all winter and the daffodils are almost up--probably another day.

Snap said...

Wow! What a great, colorful nature walk. Love the iris with the rain drops. The tree is amazing with all the moss. And the field of bulbs is amazing ... such wonderful color.

Poppy said...

Wow! If I didn't know that these beautiful photos were of my native Canada, I would have never guessed, and in winter, to boot! I so enjoyed this burst of purples and blues, Lorrie, a sign of spring, for sure!

Poppy

Happy@Home said...

It's always such a welcome sight to see these little pops of color in the winter landscape.
The Siberian iris would be an exciting discovery at the February breakfast table. It's a little early for us, but I am planning to sprinkle some fertilizer around the daffodils today.
That mossy tree is so cool!

ann said...

Looks like spring is on its way.

Vee said...

Oaks look very pretty swathed in green velvet.

We were watching the expanded weather report last night when we learned that a front directly from Siberia was going to nail us good later in the week. John asked, "Don't they mean Canada?" I looked very closely and, yes, it was flowing down from Canada, but was avoiding the Pacific Northwest...you lucky dogs!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

Helen Philipps said...

I enjoyed seeing your lovely photos and the colourful signs of spring appearing. The iris are amazing aren't they, so bright and they always surprise me when they suddenly pop up!
Wishing you a happy week.
Helen xox

Carole Reid said...

Spring is on its way! Not that we've had winter weather this year. We Vancouver Islanders have been spoiled once again. Have a marvellous week, Lorrie. xo

Mascha said...

Wow, what a nice spring and Siberian Iris -
Unthinkable for me in this time, but I've enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing.
My absolute favorit is the old tree...

Sally Croft said...

I think we are all longing for sunshine across Canada, but these gray days will make us appreciate it more, when spring arrives. Love your photos, especially the Iris with the raindrops.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love that carpet of flowers! It seems early for them to be blooming but we have had a very mild winter....
Those iris are south a vivid shade of blue and they must be make for a cheerful greeting on your deck.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Beautiful photos. Lovely purple.

Madelief said...

Oh that field of crocuses. So beautiful!! Happy week Lorrie! x

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh that's a sight for sore snow eyes :)

materfamilias said...

Beautiful! Just spotted my own wee irises blooming this morning, and a neighbour's pink patch of cyclamen. Nothing like the carpet you've captured. . .

Selma from eclectichomelife.blogspot.com said...

That carpet of flowers looks so inviting and spring like. We have in April/May wonderful carpets of bluebells. Just gorgeous

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the beauty of early spring flowers.

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

The lovely flowers make up for the lack of sunshine. The old tree is a beautiful natural sculpture. What a beautiful sight to see during a walk! Smiles...Susan

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

How wonderful to see blooms at this time of the year ... here we are blanketed in snow and ice.

aimee said...

Beautiful! I love the early spring bulbs. I have enjoyed our mild winter but worry about the soon to be here fire season in our forests.
Blessings,
Aimee

Amy at love made my home said...

What an incredible colour that iris is!!! Such beautiful sights. xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Surprise blooms are always welcome. We've had quite a bit of dust this week which makes everything appear dull and lifeless. Bleh! It's dark when we get up at 6:00 a.m.for school but the sun is up by 7:00 a.m. when we leave. I much prefer walking during daylight. But not when there's dust. Best wishes, Tammy

Dewena said...

What a beautiful sight to see these flowers on your evening walks!

Marilyn said...

Oh a field of crocus, I would be beside myself with glee.
Love the iris and tree too. Yes, springtime is early, but
I will savor each and every blossom I find.