Though our family near and far currently endures a measure of misfortune and illness, and a fog of shell-shocked weariness engulfs us, the beauty of spring still has the power to startle and delight--especially as it's our first spring in our new home and so we get to enjoy weekly surprise parties courtesy of the perennials, shrubs, and trees as they bloom.
|Somebody planted this place with azaleas and rhododendrons in dazzling shades of purple...|
|...and red. The delicate interiors of the flowers are just as lovely as the vivid petals.|
|Sprightly little plants also spring up uninvited, but welcome; here's a pansy that's |
quite at home in the paving stones of a path to the back deck.
It's completely unfazed by the dog galloping over it daily.
|I had no idea a graceful bleeding-heart adorned the slope out front |
by the culvert that catches runoff water until suddenly there it was, in full bloom, dangling its pink earrings in the breeze.
|A magnolia topping out at about 15 feet grows outside my office window. |
It looks as if it's holding hundreds of white bone-china teacups up to the sky.
|Last autumn's leaves form a still life in the bird bath along with catkins from this spring's growth.|
|Kitty came with us from our last home. She now dozes on soft moss, |
sprinkled by fir needles and cherry blossoms.
|We lugged our rhubarb plants with us, too. |
They'll have a year to settle in before we harvest them again.
|Hooray for Spring!|