Spring – Weekly Photo Challenge

Welcome to spring in my garden. Unlike the dessert which may burst forth with life overnight after a soaking rain, here in New England spring is more of an unfolding; a familiar well-loved play with scenes we anticipate seeing that always surprises us with a detail – subtle or bold – that we have somehow overlooked before or strikes us in a new way. As a plant-lover I greatly anticipate the first crocuses and daffodils pushing up through the ground with the melting of the snow, then other perennials each in their own turn sprouting new life adding various shades of ripe green and their own shapes and forms to the garden. Some days it seems that life stands still with new buds closed tight against a chill breeze only to burst open when the temperatures rise and the sun warms them.

The various micro-climates in my yard with varying amounts of shade, sun and soils are most evident in spring. Right now the daffodils in the warmest part of my yard are turning brown while others are in peak bloom and those in the coldest spots are just opening. In the last couple of days the lungwort and trillium have begun to open and the Solomon’s Seal are just showing hints of the arched stems that will curve gracefully in the shade garden as they grow taller. The hostas are now a few inches tall but still curled upon themselves.  The lilac buds had been closed tight and with the recent warmth the leaves are beginning to unfurl and the flower buds are slowly growing. The huge willow trees in the back yard are all tinged lemony green as the leaf buds pop open. The grass is greening up with several spring rains and slowly rising temperatures.

Spring reminds me that each day is a miracle.

daffodils at edge of trees with day lilies in foreground

daffodils at edge of trees with day lilies in foreground

day lily leaves

day lily leaves

snail in the spring garden

snail in the spring garden

tulip after the rain

tulip after the rain

lungwort buds open pink and then turn blue

lungwort buds open pink and then turn blue

trillium opening

trillium opening

Solomon's Seal emerges

Solomon’s Seal emerges

hosta curled tight & purple vinca

hosta curled tight & purple vinca

lilac leaves budding (475x356)

lilac leaves begin to open

Find more interpretations of this week’s photo challenge here.

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16 thoughts on “Spring – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Ah yes, New England spring – blink and you miss it LOL. Lovely choices – I think New Englanders appreciate spring more than anyone, it’s so darned long in coming – especially this year. So glad to see your lovely flowers peeking through!

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