Saturday, April 7, 2012

Color My World

Here in the midsection of the country, the season is a full three to five weeks ahead of normal. But, who's complaining?

My crocus, above, are long gone. Some years, we'd just be seeing them now. All of the tulips are well ahead of schedule. Some of my varieties are on the downhill slide now. Others, I've already stuck a fork in.

The wild violets along the creek ravine were spectacular this season. More blooms than I think I've ever seen on them. Most of them are spent, but they leave behind such pretty clumps of heart-shaped leaves. My mom always wanted me to pull out the violets, as, admittedly, they are very invasive. Over the years, I've compromised by choosing to "control" them to prevent takeover of flower beds and lawn.

The native Prairie Smoke flaunts it pink heads. By the time these normally bloom, the pretty blossoms will have given way to an intriguing puff of smoke--fluffy seed heads that grace these attractive plants until winter.

Brunnera are among my favorite early bloomers. This year's show does not disappoint.

I don't remember what these lovely white flowers are that cascade down the rock wall. I bought one small plant at closeout at Home Depot several years ago. It looked like it was on its last leg when I bought it, but has looked like a million bucks every season since.

Garden, the color becomes you.

Make it a great day!


  1. Your garden flowers are so pretty, Ann. Nothing is blooming in my garden yet. I've seen tulip blooming around town but not much else yet.

  2. What an amazing show of Spring flowers! Wonderful captures!

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

  3. Beautiful flowers and shots.

    Regards and best wishes

  4. What a treat for me this morning to come across your beautiful garden!

  5. We were keeping pace with you pretty well there until the very end of March. Then KA-BOOM! The cold is back, the weeds & flowers are all stabilizing to their normal growth, and I'm looking for sunshine.

    I'm just a bit jealous of all your color.

  6. Ann - What beautiful flowers - I am so jealous! I used to be able to grow flowers like this when we lived in North Carolina, but here in South Florida I am just not able to grown tulips, daffodils, dogwood, or hosta's. (Oh how I miss them!) But your garden is beautiful!

    Thanks you for the kind comments you left on my blog earlier - the pictures were taken when we were in Alaska on a job for the USFS. It was beautiful!

    Hugs - and I hope you are having a wonderful Easter!
    Carol @arewethereyet

    1. Opps - actually the pictures that you left the comment on were taken in Custer State Park - and you let me know that you used to visit that area - so sorry (I also posted some pictures from Juneau Alaska and I was confused - so sorry - but I do so appreciate the kind comments about Custer, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse - I loved the area!
      Hugs again!
      Carol @arewethereyet

  7. Such beautiful photos! These certainly brightened my morning. Megan

  8. SUCH gorgeous shots... each one is worthy of a note card! Thank you, Ann, for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot.' :-)


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