Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bursting Spring


While a few places in the U.S. are still stuck in winter, spring has come to many. Today, a moment's pause to celebrate the long-awaited season. (Photos taken from our California backyard.)















Closing out with a night view


14 comments:

Elaina M. Avalos said...

Oh...I'm jealous. It appears as though summer has already hit Southern Cal. Brown hills, over 100 degree temps. Bleh.

The photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

inkblotsonthepage said...

Oh. My. Gosh. It's gorgeous! I am so jealous - I live in TX, where no one bothers with flowers because they don't last in our two-three weeks of spring, and the grass and trees are only green for about a month before turning a sickly sort of yellow brown. :( For a girl raised in Ohio, that's very, very sad.

Thanks for the pictures! Enjoy your beautiful day.

~Lita

wordlily said...

Love the wisteria!

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Wow! It's a little Eden. How do you ever come out of your backyard in spring? Do you go out to write in the garden house?

It has been beautiful here in NM too. I'm really blessed by my six-year-old who gasps with wonder every time she sees a new tree budding.

Nicole said...

Lovely. Truly.

lynnrush said...

Beautiful.

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Heh-heh. Rosslyn, I have to laugh. That "garden house" you're referring to is the gazebo surrounding our hot tub. Yes, the hot tub (sans gazebo in the book) that gave rise to the infamous first chapter in Violet Dawn.

However we do have three decks that aren't in the pictures. So there's plenty of places to sit outside.

D. Gudger said...

What are those purple flowers? I bet they're something that won't grow in Colorado.
It's nice to see spring is happening somewhere. We're just recovering from another few feet of snow, lots of mud and still-bare trees.

Are those purple flowers smelly (like pretty kind of smelly)? I love frangrant flowers. My lilac is still naked. :(

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Darcie, if you mean the purple flowers on the hill, I don't know. They don't have fragrance. The purple on the trellis is wysteria, which is fragrant. Smells like star jasmine.

Kay Day said...

Wysteria will not grow in Colorado. :( Well, I'm assuming because I have never in my life seen it here.

Your yard is gorgeous!

Sarah Salter said...

I'm from NC which is about 80% consumed by wysteria during the Spring. It IS beautiful, but if you don't prune it and stay ahead of it, it is a beast! It will take over everything in your yard and kill it! I'm sure there's a sermon in there somewhere... Brandilyn, it looks like you've done a lovely job of taming it. With so many flowers in your yard, do you find pollen to be a problem?

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Wow, what breath taking pictures! Such a beautiful backyard you have or are some of these shots of a view from your backyard? Whatever, it must be nice to be surrounded by such beauty al the time!

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Sarah, we get lots of pollen way before the flowers come. Lots from the trees.

Karen, this is our own backyard. I just couldn't get in every part of it.

Susanne said...

Your garden is absolutely breath-taking!