Friday, March 4, 2011

Signs of Spring......

This morning there was, finally, a break in the rain and wind, so I took the dog for a long walk and took my camera along with the hope of capturing some signs that Spring was on it's way!

What better sign than the bright yellow-gold daffodil......

IMG_0309I wish this pretty pink Current bush was in my yard, I would cut some and take them in the house to force those sweet blossoms open.

IMG_0287I found delicate white Snowdrops blooming away in a weedy patch....

IMG_0289A big bright yellow Forsythia threatens to overtake the side of this house.

IMG_0297Oregon's rain doesn't do Camellia blossoms much good.....about the time the bush is in full bloom a big rain storm will hit and ruin the flowers but they are so lovely while they last, it is worth it.

IMG_0299Found these tiny blue blossoms on Vinca minor or dwarf Periwinkle...

IMG_0295 LOVE this Andromeda japonica, commonly called Lily of the Valley Shrub.

IMG_0294 My crocus have bloomed out but the neighbors are just beginning to open.  These are a beautiful dark purple and light lavender with dark purple veining, yummy!

IMG_0308 We walked over a mile, all the while I was diligently looking for a white Candytuft, or Iberis, with no luck.....until I was almost home....when I, finally spotted one, in my next door neighbor's front yard.....geez!

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Spring would not be spring without a few Dandelions......it's too early for Daisies!

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Western Oregon has seen more rain than usual this winter while many parts of the country have been buried in snow, I think we are all ready for spring and some sunshine.   

I hope the snow is melting where you live and we can all start to enjoy the fresh green sprouts and the oh so distinctive smells and sights of spring!

It was so encouraging and uplifting today to see  "earth laugh in flowers"! 

"But each spring....a gardening instinct, sure as sap rising in the trees, stirs within us.  We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground".  (Gantt)

                                                                       

Thanks for stopping by, please come again and for the first time I am joining the Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. and, a place I haven't been in a while Southern Daydreamer's Outdoor Wednesday and this great, new to me, blog Fishtail Cottage's Cottage Flora Thursday.

17 comments:

pinkkandy said...

Happy....sweet and sugary pink Saturday.....Have a wonderful week end and God Bless You!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Great to see some signs of spring even though we won't be seeing anything like that here in Pa. for at least another month if we are lucky!!

HPS!!

Hugs,
Debbie

rennata said...

We still have a ton of snow, thank you for sharing your flowers, they made me smile.

Marilyn Rock said...

Just what I needed today; signs of spring! Beautiful!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Isn't it wonderful to see the signs of rebirth?
Spring is around the corner...


~ Gabriela ~

elle said...

Wow, something to look forward to, but not anytime soon. Thanks!

SquirrelQueen said...

There is nothing quite like spring blossoms and yours are so pretty.

Could you maybe give spring a little push to the north, my part of WA could really use it! :)

La said...

It looks like you have many signs of spring in Oregon. I'm still looking here in Ohio. I love Lily of the Valley.

Kate said...

Hurray for spring and all of the beautiful shapes and colors!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Oh gosh, your spring walk was delightful! Thanks for taking us along! Can't wait to see spring flowers in NY!

Donnie said...

What a sweet expression "earth laugh in flowers". It amazes me you know the names of them all. Great post.

LV said...

With all this beauty nature provided, it certainly made your walk a lot nicer.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Thanks for sharing your walk. Spring flowers are such a sweet reminder of new life.

Light and Voices said...

I enjoyed the cyber walk. I am so glad to see Spring again. After all that snow this past winter. Thank the ground hog.
Joyce M

Seams Inspired said...

How lovely you've captured Spring! I was just telling my husband we needed some forsythia in our yard. I absolutely love the yellow bells! :o) New follower from Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks for sharing! :o)

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

You have a lot of flowers blooming! I love the japonica blooms!!!....I wonder if we could grow them in east Texas?
Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Seeing your post reminded me that i planted the pink flowering current last year too! now i am very excited to see that pop of color soon? Thanks for linking your post to Cottage Flora Thursday's - so glad to meet another gardener in blogland! hope to see you again next week - looks like you've got lot's to share! xoox
~tracie