Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yes!

You know all the cold I was complaining about? Gone. It was in the 70's for the last three days and made it to 80 today! The Spring that dragged its feet for so long just jumped right in. And suddenly people are out in shorts, soaking up the sun. Even the birds take a moment to bask.
My flowers like it, too. The candytuft that first made a tentative showing in February is now threatening to take over the world. I have probably a dozen patches of varying sizes and love the hardy stuff.
And the vinca has so many flowers that little escapees are creeping into the grass. I've spent some time each afternoon clearing out dead leaves and uprooting dandelions, wild onions and misplaced lilies of the valley.
I'm even happy to see the sweet wild violets that litter the lawn. I'm partial to weeds that are dressed in shades of purple. When I was working this afternoon I had bees buzzing companionably by my head and I found myself humming along with them as I worked.
I was so reluctant to come in that it was only after the church bells chimed eight times and the sun set the trees behind my house aglow that I put down my trowel and came back inside. Where every last window is wide open. Prodigal spring, you're more than welcome home.

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  1. Well worth waiting for! Hope it's arrived further north too where I'm headed tomorrow to visit my son.....

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    1. I haven't looked at the forecast for the whole country, but I hope so, too.

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  2. ah my flowers are loving it too...it was 86 here today...and warmer tomorrow...woohoo...come on spring!

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    1. Mid-80's later today here. I'm so thrilled!

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  3. Beautiful! Hope you are watching your back, literally! Things are trying to warm up north of you here in Indiana :)

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    1. I was paying attention and careful not to overdo it!

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  4. Your flowers do appear to be soaking it in. Soak up the sun - it's free.

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  5. prodigal spring is right! though the last two days here have been lovely as well. i am soooo relieved.

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    1. I am, too - it was starting to feel like it would never get here.

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  6. I so enjoy seeing your garden throughout the year. Spring is particularly cheerful and sweet.

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    1. Thanks. ANd I agree about that for Spring gardens.

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  7. "It was in the 70's for the last three days and made it to 80 today!"

    Same here! And I was soooooooooo thinking of you yesterday and today because I spent BOTH days outside enjoying the sun. I actually got a bit of a tan too!

    Lovely photographs!

    "misplaced lilies of the valley."

    Love the smell of lilies of the valley!

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    1. I love the smell of lilies of the valley too and have a huge swath of them in one bed. But they are aggressively invasive, so I finally just took them out of the section where they were choking out the azaleas.

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  8. Oh thank goodness!! Spring is out there somewhere. I was beginning to thinkn it was lost forever

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  9. there is a god. or some higher being or some universal life force.

    i know it because of that last photo.

    and,

    there is NOTHING like spring in all the world

    enjoy

    love
    kj

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    1. Here we disagree, because the last photo is scientifically understandable. I don't need a god/universal life force to celebrate the wonders of the natural world.

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  10. Nice pictures. Its still nasty cold here, north of Indiana.

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  11. Our daffodils finally bloomed yesterday! It's been a great couple of days. Between Sun and Tues, I've walked 15 miles......in shorts!

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    1. We get weather warm eneough to run in shorts sprinkled throughout the winter, but I am so relieved to have more consistent warmth.

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  12. Oh, how wonderful to hear that Spring still exists and is on its way. Thank you for this post in the blasted desert that seems to prevail months too long over hear this year:)

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  13. What an odd slip: of course I meant over 'here'. Am I going senile?

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  14. Prodigal spring, could you perhaps begin moving north? We're expecting snow this week. Again. I'm beginning to think winter will never end.

    Sigh.

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    1. I've been watching folks north of me posting photos this week of snow - I'm sorry.

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  15. I haven't been home in a few days but I hear tell that it's the season at my house too. I'm looking forward to seeing some of what you're seeing!

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    1. Now I'm waiting for the trees to fill in.

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  16. It's bad enough that I live my 'romantic moments' through your blog, now, with the thermometer on the back porch reading 22f I have to experience spring here too.

    Hopefully my better angels will stop me from visiting the palm reader again.

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    1. See, this is why so many people retire to the South. No 22 in April.

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  17. A little warmer here too today but still only 53F, I did manage to get a little work done in the garden though. :)

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    1. Back to sixties today, but climbing again. I can take 60's.

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  18. Your flowers are lovely! Spring is a beautiful time of year.

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  19. I love your descriptions, especially about the bees!

    So glad that spring is here. I'm loving the thunderstorms, too.

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  20. What a wonderful display of flowers! No such warmth here in Belfast, it's been raining on and off all day with a chilly wind. Our Spring is still too shy to introduce itself!

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    1. I was hanging on by my nails. Hope your Spring shows up soon.

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  21. Gorgeous display of flowers, perfuse in every direction. Or so it seems. Ours are still buried under several feet of snow.

    Oh, and where are the dux?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. Thanks. And welcome. No ducks at my house, but I do see them out at the lake.

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  22. I didn't even notice the bird for all the flowers. Gorgeous.

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  23. Crying too hard to type comment. FLOWERS?

    Sobbing again.

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  24. I saw a crocus today and almost wept with joy.

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  25. Any mild temps we've had has been accompanied by rain. Snow is again in our forecast tonight. Honestly!

    Your flowers are gorgeous.

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    1. We got a rainy day yesterday, but once Spring hits, I'm glad for occasional rain. Not for snow, though!

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