A bell tolls for spring

We’ve been stuck in a rain cycle for a while now. This week’s forecast was for rain every day, so I was prepared for another rough one. I’m use to the rain routine at work; get on my rain gear, keep tools tucked away and then spray mud off of everything, including myself, when I get home. I still managed to work a full week, but it hasn’t been easy: rain, wind, sun (kind of?) and then a cloudburst or two. We have definitely been swept up by the full swing of spring!

Time for a quickie

Today was another mixed bag of weather conditions. It started off cold with little bits of rain, but ended with the sun coming out for a bright showing. I’ve been aware of the plants waking up and leafing out and even some early spring bulbs like the crocus and snowdrops coming and going, but today, when the sun came out and my hoodie came down, I had my first spring awakening.

So when I finished my work for the day, I took a bunch of pictures to capture the bright light of spring. Remember light?…The sun?

I’m not a huge fan of Oregon Grape, but even I couldn’t help but be brightened by the cheerful yellow flowers.

Cool and creepy! A Cedar Deodora I think?

Heather in bloom.

Pieris snows in the springtime!

Barberry under the sea?


Round two: Back to the homestead

Also known as “let your pictures do the talking”.

It was a great afternoon to walk around and catch up on the garden. There’s quite a few pictures, so take breaks when you need to.

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ just starting to show color!

A view from under the Akebono, my Japanese flowering cherry.

Narcissus; The scent of spring. Remember to stop and sniff.

Spring bulbs continue to shoot up everywhere. !

The first iris every year.

Early tulips. I’ve had these for over twenty years. Always one of my favorites!

I don’t think your suppose to let rhubarb flower, but how can I resist?

A trout lily that disappeared for a few years. A little out of focus, but I just had to include it anyways.

A frog’s day out.

Checkered lily.

The backyard hedge. I reduced its height dramatically last year, but left a dead branch for the birds to perch on.

A Peony whose buds are starting to swell.

You know I was in a sunny mood if I was taking pictures of dandelions and English daisies in the grass.

Tulips the deer haven’t found?

Trillium returns! Tra, La, La, La…Trillium!


Brunnera with a dark stem. It will keep blooming nearly all summer long.


Violets en mass.

Well, for those of you who made it to the end, thanks for joining me on this lovely day. Make sure to get out there and enjoy it while you can.

Happy Spring!

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17 thoughts on “Spring-a-Ding-Ding!

  1. I can’t believe that checkered lily, Bridget.. ! That’s for real? You have quite a unique and surprising collection of plants.. and a true flowering cherry tree.. Sakura. ! How lovely to spend a spring day in the yard with you. Getting my hands dirty lately, as well.. carving out some areas. Just tossed a bunch of seeds, and the seedlings in the greenhouse here are doing very well.. hey those greenhouses really work! So much tall, wet grass here. We’ve had plenty of downpours as well. On and off with clear skies, and even a few rainbows looking into the valley…! You’re in cahoots with real celestial magic when you get to view one of those . . keep enjoying your Spring. ! ~*~


    1. That’s great that you’re doing all of that gardening, even with the rain. It sounds like you’ve may have been bit by the gardening bug!
      The lily does look unreal. It should naturalize/muliply on outs own. That should be exciting! I’ll share if that happens.
      Nature girls forever!


  2. That cool and creepy cedar is a pendulous cultivar of blue Atlas cedar. It is not my favorite, but most people really dig the sculptural character.
    Your Oregon grape really shows why it is the state flower of Oregon. They do not often look like that for us.
    Is rhubarb monocarpic? (I suppose it does not matter if it has pups.) I have never seen mine bloom! I do not know why. I never cut flowers off.


    1. Always good to know a name. I was pretty sure that I had it wrong. I don’t really care for the blue/gray needles, so I guess I would be in the group that like it’s sculptural quality.
      As far as the rhubarb goes, im not sure if it’s monocarpic and haven’t been able to find information that seems reliable. Maybe a future post? I always assumed that the idea was in relation to it putting its energy into blooming and producing seed rather than the yummy stalks. My rhubarb started shooting up flower stalks about 5 years ago. I guess younger plants don’t do it at all. Mine is so old that it probably is trying to finish it’s life cycle! My picture is of the flower before it fully opens into a bloom, very pretty!

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      1. Now you have me wondering if rhubarb gets butter when it bolts like cabbage and other vegetables do. I do not think it would matter if it is monocarpic because there are so many pups behind it. I have been growing mine since I was a kid, and have never seen it bloom. it gets chopped and dug a lot. So many people want the pups. It never got the chance to bloom. I have seen pictures of the flowers, so I know it ‘can’ bloom. It just never did.


        1. I’ve dug and divided mine over the years too; usually only keeping a small chunk, giving away some, chucking the rest. It just gets too big!
          I can remember rhubarb growing in the back yard when I was kid. That would be neat to have a chunk of that plant still!

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        2. That is what mine is! It was a piece that I took from my former home that came from my mother’s home, that came from her mothers home that came from my paternal great grandparent’s home and so on. I has been all over the place, and has gone to Oregon, Colorado, Texas, and who knows where else.


  3. This is really wonderful – I can almost smell that freshness that comes from wet grounds drying in the sun and all the new blooms! And your photo of the Akebono is really stunning, wow.

    Also, I think a new saying has been born:
    “Well, sometimes you have to let the rhubarb bloom, my friends!”
    love it!


  4. My ignorance of garden flowers is great, but I can recognize the beauty of garden flowers; a very nice array! It’ll be interesting to see the changes that come with summertime.


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