Instant Gratification Friday

Dreaming of Spring

So far, winter in Michigan has pretty much been a bust. Cold with very little snow makes for a dreary season. Everything is pretty much gray. I dream of spring, when a haze of green covers the ground and trees and that smell of moist earth and growing things. If the color green had a smell, that is what it would smell like.  Now, in the cold, gloomy days of winter, I’ve almost forgotten what spring is.

I decided to dig through my instagram and my ‘droid to see if I could revisit the ghost of past springs.


Hellebore Blue Lady, one of the first flowers to bloom in the garden.





Not far behind are the snow crocuses (croci?) and the iris reticulata.


We never consider the violet a weed,  especially in the spring.


The first daffodils to bloom in my garden, “February Gold”, though they never bloom in February, but usually at the end of March.


One of the last daffodils to bloom in May. I don’t know its name. Daffodils are my favorite flowers in the spring, so I have a lot of them, all sorts of varieties and bloom times.


There are a lot of blooming trees in the downtown area. This is a crabapple tree with double blooms.


Another favorite, the columbine. This photo was taken in North Carolina at the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. The columbine in my garden didn’t do so well last spring – hopefully they’ll do better this year.


Not the best photo of my favorite patch of tulips. Unlike many other tulips I’ve planted, these keep coming back year after year.


Another crabapple tree, this one directly in front of the downtown library.

Before winter loosens its grip, I’d love to have at least one big snow; the kind of snow that makes you feel like a kid again. Wading up to your knees in the fluffy white stuff, reddening your cheeks, stinging your nose when you take a breath…. remember the swish, swish swish sound that your snow pants made as you hike in the woods, the trees all covered and looking like a Christmas card…a dream for another day.

It’s a bit late for Garden Bloggers Bloom day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, but since this is the first time in a long time that I’ve posted anything from my garden I thought I would be a late Lucy and join the gang.


About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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3 Responses to Instant Gratification Friday

  1. joannethiemehuffman says:

    I have been missing a really good snow, too. I enjoyed the color and freshness of your spring photos; as much as I love the flowers, I think the flowering trees are my favorite part of spring.

  2. cathwren warner says:

    Thanks for the peek at Springs past… I too, am tired of the color grey…

  3. Brooke says:

    What a great post to enjoy on this Winter’s day… I have been busy with some decorating and craft projects this week and behind on reading my emails and posts. So glad I stopped in to enjoy your site!

    Thanks for sharing!
    God bless….Brooke

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