A Splash of Spring’s Colorful Flowers

These splashes of color provide hope and beauty that Winter is waning and Spring is going to burst forth.

Bluebonnets, the Texas State FlowerTreating you to a Splash of Spring . . .

. . . with these pictures from East Texas. These flowers presented themselves in March and/or April.

No matter where you live, I think everyone reaches that point in late Winter when they are ready for the next season — Spring. These splashes of color provide hope and beauty that Winter is waning and Spring is going to burst forth. Pink flowering tree in the woods.

Pink flowering tree in the woods.

 

 

 

Blue pottery bird bath on tree stump with yellow flowers in background.

 

 

From shades of pink and purple . . .

Purple flower in sand with minimal foliage

 

 

 

 

. . . with golden cat, aka Frank, strolling around, and yellow and white flowers too.

Gold cat with pink flowers with green foliage.

 

Bluebonnets abound as you drive along highways and backroads alike. Bluebonnets along country road with large tree in background.

 

 

Bluebonnets flowers up close

 

The Texas state flower, bluebonnets, are pretty at a distance and close up.

Dainty purple flower

 

 

Dainty purple and white flower.

 

 

It is a nice surprise to find patches of color in the yard or woods.

Clump of purple flowers.

 

 

 

Dainty pink flowers and green clover like foliage.

 

 

 

Dainty pink flowers and green clover like foliage. Agave plant in terra cotta pot in background.

While not a flower, you’ll see my agave plant in the flower pot behind this beautiful clump of dainty pink flowers and green, clover like foliage.

Hens and Chicks "hen" in sand with rock and glass electric insulator in garden bed.

 

 

 

Hens and Chicks are a succulent that are easy to grow and beautiful in their own right adding shades of color to the garden.Hens and Chicks "hen" in sand with rock and glass electric insulator in garden bed.Dainty yellow blooms with lots of green foliage.

 

 

 

Dainty flower probably in daffodil family. Two large rocks behind and log background.

 

 

 

White Iris blooms with succulent in flower pot behind.

White Iris with block pillar in background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing you a joyful Spring Season with lots of colorful moments and flowers in your life!

Field of bluebonnet flowers with trees in background.

Spring in Northeast Minnesota

It was mid-April, and you never know what Northshore weather will bring. The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded.

It was in the mid-forties when we arrived at the little stone house outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota and the sun was shining. Heating up the sauna was not such a chore as with the below zero temperatures of January. Little stone house with light snow and ice It was mid-April, and you never know what North Shore weather will bring.  Eight days later, we learned that winter was not ready to lose its grip.  It was 26 degrees, roads were slick, and trees looked beautiful with their ice sheen.  Thin ice sheets gave up their purchase on the roof and made their slow decent towards the final plunge to the ground.  Heavy sigh.

Thin sheet of ice slowly sliding off metal roof

The crashing waves of Lake Superior have been beautiful to hear and see. Their steady, heavy pounding has brought sand to our beach area.

Lake Superior Waves  — link to beautiful video

The winter storm advisory became a reality that brought a dusting of snow and the closing of schools due to hazardous roads.  Our little stone house sits in the middle of this winter bluster awaiting spring.  The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded.  The huge mulch pile was useable even though there were still ice crystals in the upper part.  The woodstove is fired and we have three windows partially open to manage the temperature in the house.  We have temporarily halted the outdoor projects we had gotten an early start on, and are finding indoor projects to work on.  Hopefully winter is soon ready to let go and allow spring to quite teasing and finally take hold.  Here’s looking forward to lilac blooms and an up north rhubarb harvest.  What are you looking forward to with the arrival of spring?

Snowy Lake Superior shoreline