Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Awaking

As I visit the various blog postings one thing
has become apparent, Spring is trying to awaken
and bringing forth the first green sprouts or the
first flowers of the season.
In different parts the little green tips are just
appearing and in other gardens the spring
blooms are bursting out in riots of color and
It is so welcome here this winter where it seemed
like the longest winter on record, but really maybe
we have become a little spoiled where the weather
is concerned.
This winter seemed more like the winters that
we had when I was a child ,with streams frozen over
and a covering of snow all winter long.
Yeah, yeah, that was many years ago. LOL!
But not the ice age.

So even the least unfurling or tip of green that
has begun to appear has brought a sigh of relief.
The sun has returned and with it anticipation
starts those old gardeners juices to flowing in
the veins again, like the sap from the Sugar Maples.
Please no jokes on how we are a sappy lot.
Well maybe some of us.

So at last it seems that Spring is awaking slowly
like the unfurling of this fern.

Peeking out slowly but not all at once
because we will still have those frosts and even
some snow showers yet before Spring finally
decides to stay around.

Hopefully the fruit trees will not bloom too soon
and be ruined by the frosts yet to come.

But even that will not stop the primroses from blooming.

Or the moss from growing.

This hibiscus would not do too well yet though if it were
blooming outdoors and not in the Franklin Park Conservatory.

Neither would this coleus.

March winds may be good for kites but not for these beauties
that are in the Palm garden.

But now is the time when Spring is awaking.
Whatever took you so long !

There is a purpose to this Awaking Posting
and that is the March contest at ”Gardening Gone Wild”.
The theme is ‘Awakening’ and my entry is the picture
of the fern unfolding. There are so many wonderful
pictures entered into the contest. The contest ends March
21st, so get those pictures entered.

Happy Gardening Everyone!


Darla said...

I do hope you do not see another dusting of snow in your area...these photos are spectacular and what a great entry for the GGW contest...Good Luck!

Kay said...

I hope you have been seeing my posts about the wildflowers I have been encountering on my hikes. I just love getting out this time of year. Everything is so beautiful.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

I have been out planting my cold crops in myvery small vegetable garden. I have daffodils that are just about to open. I'm afaid these are my mystery ones as I didn't put a label in the ground. Thought I would remember!

I love the picture of the fern unfurling, it looks like it could move and talk.


Kiki said...

Such a beautiful theme...meaning..images..gorgeous blooms..and wonderful moments of nature! Yay..Wonderful..good luck on the contest!! Best of luck!! Magic!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good luck with your photo. The awakening sounds very romantic for for a topic about stuff pushing up thru dirt:) Still, it makes our gardener's hearts beat faster when we see those new bits of green just emerging from the mud.

Noelle said...

What a beautiful entry. I love seeing pictures of plants that are awaking in spring. The tree with the pink blossoms is just beautiful!

Cozy Little House said...

My garden is just beginning to come alive. And we're supposed to have temps in the low 30's this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona~~ I LOVE the fern photo. It's got to be a winner. It depicts so skillfully the unfurling of spring, like arms stretching to embrace the sun's warmth.

I'm afraid I'm one of those sappy folks. LOL

Kimberly said...

Lona, what wonderful photos you have to offer us today! The fern is an alltime favorite of mine. And the colors of the primrose are so bright and cheerful. Your shot of the moss is peaceful and kind. Very enjoyable!
I'm also SOOOOO HONORED that I clicked on your blog to see that you've featured my blog. Thank you so very, very much! I'm glad, and humbled, that you enjoy it. And I'm glad that my sweet Lola gets the limelight...she deserves it. Everyone that knows her loves her! :)

debsgarden said...

You have a beautiful blog. I really enjoyed this post. The unfurling of the fern is wonderful! Spring is my favorite time of the year. I am excited with each new bud. Every day brings more life to my garden.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your fern is perfect for the awakening theme, what a pretty picture! I'm glad that it's beginning to feel a little more like spring there.

Green thumb said...

Wonderful post! Your words have captured the 'awakening' beautifully.
This spring is really special, coming after one of the coldest winters seen in a long time.
Your choice of photograph for the contest is very good...Best of Luck!

Stephanie said...

Nice photos! I feel very at home looking at these photos... they are tropical plants!

Trädgårdsmakare Hillevissan said...

Hi Lona,
somehow your posts get disguised in my google-reader list, and I seem to miss quite a few of them. Hmmm.... wonder how that is even possible.
Anyhow, I loved that fern photo today! So pretty and tender, a real spring sign.
The best sign I've had so far is that yesterday evening all the snow on our roof came down. Really loud and scary. I first thought that the rooftop itself came down... but, nope - all is well here!
Have a nice weekend!

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Yay spring !!
The unfurling pic is great.

Stan said...

Awesome!! These picture are so very gorgeous!!!

Stan Horst

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Darla: I think they changed it to rain now. Whee! That was close LOL!

Kay: I have and I love hiking with you. Doesn't tire me out in the least. LOL!

Eileen: You have been busy then. Some of the few Daffs I have are almost ready to bloom. Things are looking up ;-)

KiKi: Thanks so much. That means a lot coming from you girl ;-)

Marnie: Just puts a big old smile on my face when I go out and find something new growing. ;-)

Noelle:Now if I just knew what kind of tree it was LOL! It was at the conservatory.It was a pretty one.

Brenda: Hopefully the colder temps will not hurt our cold hardy plants that are coming up.Maybe it won't last now. Here's hoping.

Grace: LOL! You could never be sappy Lady.

Kimberly: I so enjoyed your blog and knew others would too. Thank you.Lola is quiet the lady LOL!

Deb: Thank you and thanks so much for the Fave at Blotanical. I appreciate them all. ;-)

Catherine:I have been so envious of all that is starting to bloom in your gardens.;-)I can enjoy your Spring and then have mine.

Green Thumb; Thank you so much and so glad you dropped by. Don't be a stranger now and come back to visit.;-)

Stephanie: Help girl! What is the tree with the red blooms. LOL!

Hillevissan: That is a puzzle and one I do not have the answer to. This whole thing is still a mystery to me .LOL! I know what you mean about the snow and ice coming down and the noise. Makes you jump LOL! Ours took one of my window boxes with it.

Patsi: None too soon either ;-) We are all ready for it this year.

Stan: Thank you so much I appreciate your comment.Thanks for dropping by.

Stephanie said...

Lona, the flowers that look like the Chinese fringe flower plant that I have. But since this one the flowers grow out from the stems like that, it looks more like witch-hazel plant that I see from photos.