Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Greens



Government House is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia - the Queen's representative in our province. The house is open for tours just one Saturday per month, or by special request. 

But the grounds are open every day (almost) from sunrise to sunset. Last Monday we strolled through the gardens. There is much to admire at this time of year - rhododendrons, camas lilies, fawn lilies, daffodils and tulips. 
  

What really caught my eye was spring green. It's such a fresh color, new to the world and full of eager brightness and vigor. Unfurling ferns and emerging leaves are the perfect foil for spring blossoms. 
 

These magnificent tulips caught my eye, too. So rich looking, don't you think?

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage. 

47 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Lorrie! I love the beautiful ferns and the tulips! Gorgeous images! Have a happy day and week ahead!

Sara D.B. said...

So much beauty!
The fresh spring green is lovely and the tulips are really magnificent.
Thank you for sharing! Have a beautiful week!

Mersad said...

Really lovely tulips in that last shot. They look so plump and vibrant.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Maggie said...

Lorrie, I love the variety of greens that appear at this time of year some are citrusy, some acidic and some could even be neon, they're so bright!
Have a blooming wonderful week.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I loved strolling through the garden in Victoria, so lush and green. I actually have tulips just like that in my garden, hoping they grow again this year.

Vee said...

Hi~

Vee said...

Hi again...two down...trying again.

Your walk through the garden has me wondering when I might be able to do the same locally. My best guess is four to six weeks. We'll see! (I really hope that I am wrong.)

Spring green is what my eye longs for most.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks lovely there! :)

Snap said...

Thank you for the lovely spring images from the grounds at Government House. I love spring green, too!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my Lorrie, what lovely pics and such a beautiful mosaic! Nothing says freshness like Spring Green.
You have the prettiest places to visit!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh I love it all. We are so lucky to live in such a green area, and the tulips are wonderful. I find one thing lacking in Bellingham - pretty gardens to stroll through, I wonder why that is. There is a rose garden by one of our local parks, but it is simply an open area with rows of rose bushes - very pretty - but not the kind of park to wander through and sit and enjoy. You are fortunate th have such pretty gardens nearby.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an unusual color for the tulips...they are beautiful! Enjoy your week my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

Donna said...

These are fabulous but that green next to the arbor is stunning....

carolann said...

Magic of Spring. How beautiful!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love wandering through those gardens. It is amazing that they have any tulips left after the deer have been grazing and nibbling...such pretty photos. Your Monday walk looks full of beauty.

Elizabethd said...

Each tulip petal is like a little fire, beautiful!

Denise said...

What beautiful pictures, Lorrie! I love the delicate blue flowers and the showy tulips. I agree with you about spring greens. My husband and I have commented that the new green leaves on the trees always look so soft, almost fuzzy, and the green is almost a chartreuse. I know everyone is so glad to see spring this year. :)

Thank you for your visits and comments. I'm about to get caught up on visits after my two-week absence from blogging. I enjoyed your post and hope you have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful photos what a lovely place! The title of your post caught my eye...and I noticed another post somehwere last week called "Fifty Shades of Green". I have a half-written post that I have had in my dashboard...SINCE LAST SPRING...called "The Greens of Spring". I have collected more photos this spring but yet it is still unpublished....there are just SO MANY shades of green in the spring, aren't there? If I do happen get this post together and published, I hope you don't think I was copying you...lol!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Shades of green are a welcome sight after the monotone whites of winter. Can't wait for tulips to bloom here, there are so many colour varieties.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Lorrie.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Such bright, vibrant colors and everything is so green and pretty. the dust we had recently is like a fine powder so very hard to sweep away and even harder to clean all the plants. Have a good week! Tammy

Pamela Gordon said...

Very beautiful photos. I love spring green. Waiting patiently here. ;)

Jill said...

Yes, fresh is the perfect word for your pictures!

Cranberry Morning said...

Ah, the tulips are gorgeous! How I wish the rodents didn't compete with me for the tulips! Beautiful and cheering colors!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I'm watching here for the fresh, spring green to show up! Our yards are greening up nicely and daffodils and crocus are blooming away!

How lovely to have so many beautiful gardens to enjoy!

Deanna

Helsie said...

Such a lovely time of the year in your part of the world.

ellen b. said...

Lovely greens for sure! Love those tulips!

Happy@Home said...

Spring green is such an appealing color. It seems to offer so much promise.
Those tulips are gorgeous and the forget-me-nots are one of my favorites.

Cheryl said...

What fascinating and gorgeous tulips!
And, yes, green is so welcome to a winter-weary soul!

Mary said...

Here's to the greening of the springtime landscape - it truly warms the heart doesn't it Lorrie.
The ferns are so pretty - I've just never had any luck growing them in the ground - just in hanging baskets for the Summer months.

Hugs- Mary

handmade by amalia said...

Lovely green photos.
Amalia
xo

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Nice tour and green is so much more welcome than white. :-)

Ida said...

Oh so pretty. Those little blue for-get-me not flowers are darling and the tulips were gorgeous.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I've never seen Government House in the Spring time. How lovely! I'm glad to have gotten a glimpse of it through your eyes.

Wishing you a beautiful day, Lorrie!
Brenda
xox


materfamilias said...

Very regal, those tulips

aimee said...

I love the color of spring green -- especially on the mountainsides as the new leaves appear. Gorgeous tulips Lorrie!
Blessings, AImee

POIROT said...

April is one of favorite months of the year because of beautiful leaves of plants.

Dawna Motz said...

So pretty! Your photos are wonderful . Definitely Springtime in your beautiful part of the country!

Poppy said...

Lorrie, you have brightened my day with your gorgeous spring greens, so pretty are they, among they, amid the bold and beautiful blossoms, not minding that most people consider them second fiddle to their flowering leads.

Poppy

Marilyn Miller said...

We strolled through these gardens a few years ago.
They are just stunning, as your photos show.
Fond memories of this stroll.

Sheila said...

So lovely Lorrie! Thank you again for sharing Spring with us! Beautiful photos!

Helen Philipps said...

Such beautiful spring greens...the gardens look wonderful, Lorrie, thank you for sharing the pictures.
Helen xox

Madelief said...

Governement house has a lovely garden Lorrie! It must have been a delight to take a walk there and enjoy the first spring flowers.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!

madelief x

Anneliese said...

I love Spring green and our tulip picture is absolutely gorgeous! Just to think how it all reflects back to our amazing Creator.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

What beautiful grounds!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, your Spring Greens are just totally delightful! I'm just crazy about your tulips, absolutely gorgeous!!!

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

Nancy

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

That lush fragrant green freshly touched by rain...sparkling drops adorning. That is what I miss so much, what a gorgeous place to take a walk. Simply stunning.

Jen

bj said...

ahhh, so so pretty.