This last week my kids have been on school vacation. We typically would take some sort of trip during this week, and in past years we have been to Washington, DC, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Chicago. This year we decided to stay home, in part because I leave early tomorrow morning for a business trip to Asia. When we did go away, I would return to find that some of the Spring flowers had come and gone, and this frustrated me. I live in the northwest corner of New York State in the US and we have a very long winter, typically five or six months from the first snow fall to the last. After all that, Spring is such a relief and is just downright beautiful, and I hate to miss any of it. But, as I said, I will miss some of it starting tomorrow, so I took some photos to remind me what it looks like. If you click on an image you will see the original size photo in a separate browser window or tab.
|These tulips are right outside our back door and are getting to the end of their blooming time, even though we have some daffodils that have yet to flower. I painted this side of the house last Summer, and the bed was damaged a bit, so it's good to see these return.|
|These daffodils are a bit further from the house and still have a way to go before the petals drop. I put in some of these, but most of them were planted by a previous owner of the house and they have been naturalizing for years.|
|Some of you may remember my account of building this fence in late 2004. It has held up well through two winters, and the flowers come in nicely this time of year. I planted some lillies in 2004 and they were rather sparse last year: I'm hoping for a more significant showing this Summer.|
|This is the third year for this cherry tree in our front yard. It's doing very well and has grown quite well. I wish I could say the same about some of the other things I've planted.|
|Same tree, with me trying to be a bit more artistic in composition.|
|Finally, this is the same side garden where the daffodils in the photo above are planted. I know for a fact that all these early red tulips were planted inside the stone border, but squirrels or something else decided to spread them out a bit. They'll be gone before we have to worry about mowing the lawn there.|