Garden Update: Slower Spring

Spring has slowed down a little bit around here with our recent overcast, cooler days. Darn, I was loving all that sunshine and summer temps.

So far, we’ve seen our crocuses bloom, our daffodils continue to open, our forsythia shrub is still glowing yellow but slowly changing to green, our red tulips are just about finished but more tulips are continuing to grow, and the tree buds are still sprouting but have slowed down a little bit.

I was feeling anxious to find something new from our gardens to share with you.

I already showed you our magnolia blossoms.

They are so beautiful that I just had to share more shots from a different perspective. I really want to use the colors and shapes in these shots as inspiration in my sketchbook.

Our vinca vines are coming back to life and filling out quite beautifully underneath our crapapple tree.

I never tire looking for treasures throughout our yard, even if not much has changed since my last update. It’s also good inspiration as I learn how to use my camera. I hope you don’t mind. We’re supposed to have more sunshine this week, so I’m hoping to find more new blossoms. Thanks for stopping by!

PS – if you have a chance, check out Randi’s gorgeous spring blossoms from her spring weekend!

From My Inspiration File: First Bulbs to Bloom

I’m here today to share with you the start of another new column I am going to be doing. Today, I am introducing “From My Inspiration File,”  where I hope to share  everyday things I’m passionate about, such as treasures discovered in our yard and gardens, time spent on a trail, a visit to the botanical gardens, a morning at the farmers market, an afternoon at the zoo, a day on the beach or on the trails.

These are things in life that bring me peace and require unplugging from social networking as a way to find my own voice, to be more original, and to create my own muse. (how ironic, I know) I’m hoping you might be inspired too or simply uplifted by some of the shapes, textures, and colors I hope to share.

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We’ve had an streak of unusually warm weather around here lately. In fact, it feels like summer already, rather than the cold, damp days we usually have in March. So I spent a lot of time cleaning up our yard and gardens over my spring break.

Spring is my favorite season, so I’ve started my daily treasure hunt. Right now, the crocuses are opening.

They are the tiniest, most subtle flower that could easily be missed if you don’t know where to look.

Our daffodils started to open too! They are such a cheerful flower.

Stay tuned for lots more garden updates as everything around here comes out of dormancy and back to life. Thanks for stopping by!

PS – in case you missed the release of my first sewing pattern (yippee!) over the weekend, click here for more information. More patterns to be released soon!