Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Glorious Spring

.....has finally arrived here in the Great Northwest.

First in the lower valley near the Columbia River Gorge.

With the distinct differences in elevation between the lower valley and the upper valley (where I live), the arrival of spring begins and lasts for weeks and weeks as its effects slowly spread from one end of the valley to the other, climbing up the slopes toward the mountain, unrolling like a colorful carpet. I can see these beauties in town two weeks before they actually start to display themselves in my own gardens.

At home, in the shadow of Mt. Hood, we are just at the crocus stage, but the hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias and tulips will come, followed by dogwoods and pear blossoms.

This is the most glorious season in my part of the world. All the seasons have their unique beauty but spring has the most color and fragrance bursting out of winter's dull backdrop. I could say April is my favorite time of year but then I may have to change my mind in May when I see the rhododendrons and irises.

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. 
 ~Ruth Stout


  1. Watching the color slowly unroll must be a glorious sight. Lovely pictures. Ours bursts upon the scene in such a hurry before being overcome by full blown summer a few weeks later.

  2. The last few years full blown summer hasn't arrived until July. Maybe this year will be different! (Please) But spring does go on and on.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I love flowers but I think the spring ones are my favorite of all. They give you so much hope.

    This has nothing to do with flowers but I made your whipped cream/cream cheese frosting for a wedding shower today at our library board meeting. I can now die a happy woman, I have finally found a frosting I love! Thanks so much for the recipe. I promise I will not leave Kansas, move to Oregon and compete with you in the wedding cake business. What a joke that would be!!!!!!! My little cake turned out pretty good but I am definately just an amature.


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