Monday, April 20, 2009


I know I'm a bit late with this, but I hope everyone had a happy Easter.  On the other hand, if you're Orthodox, then my timing is almost spot-on and you'll appreciate this snapshot, since you'll inevitably still be digesting your Easter celebration meal.

Spring has more or less sprung in my part of the world, and we have been graced with some (but not too much) beautiful weather.  It sometimes feels like counting chickens before they're hatched, though, as yesterday was chilly and windy, and today..... is rainy and cold.  However, the grass is greening up, and it will soon be time to torture the offspring with endless sessions on the riding lawnmower.  Some things in my garden (namely the ones which have escaped being sat upon by two large dogs) are beginning to unfurl.

Others remain tightly furled.

These peonies are getting ready to put on a show- it's funny, last year they only had a few modest blooms.

It's the time of rakes and shovels and rubber boots and gathering twigs and branches and burning piles....and picking up doggy doo... I keep my eyes peeled while doing so, though, because inevitably I'll come upon a treasure....

like this little woodland violet...when it warms up a little, I'll take you on a spring wildflower ramble.  Bring your boots.


LadyFi said...

I love the shy violet - and all your other gorgeous photos. Looking forward to that spring ramble with you!

Firefly Hill said...

This spring seems so slow in coming...or maybe it is my imagination.

Love the chickens...!

Anonymous said...

I do not think you should torture female offspring with mowing the lawn. The male offspring can do that while the female offspring adopts a different chore this spring/summer.
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hayseed said...

Oh, hey 'anonymous', you wouldn't happen to be my female offspring, hmmmm?

Heidi the Hick said...

Send her to my place- smaller lawn than yours I'm sure! However, no riding mower. If we had lots of lawn and a riding mower I doubt I'd ever see my son. Maybe at the dinner table.

This feels like a long cold spring but things are very slowly coming to life here. Looking forward to the nature walk!

Maria said...

So looking forward to taking a walk with you again.
I have those little purple flowers as well, they seem to me like little gifts from the earth

Pony Girl said...

How did you make those cute little chickens in that basket?? Those are adorable!
Great signs of spring around your yard! Isn't it great?