Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

No, I'm not talking about Christmas!  I do love Christmas, but I think the most wonderful season is Spring!  Monday is the first day of Spring and although it's still pretty cold and we may get more snow, it means winter is loosening it's grip. Warm weather and flowers will soon be here!
If you were to look at our back yard right now, there wouldn't appear to be much beauty to observe.
At first glance, you would see:

A bush that had a hard time with the wind and snow this winter,

and grasses that are matted down and not looking any too beautiful!

However, if you look closely, there is hidden beauty!

Buds on the maple tree!

Daffodils popping up through the undergrowth.

 A few dried remnants of last years luneria that outlasted winter.

Some of last years flowers left their seed pods behind, and they have their own type of beauty.

 The hydrangea tree has 2 flowers that have made it all the way through the winter.

And the forsythia is showing off its buds, with the promise of blooms soon!

"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."
Song of Solomon 2:11-12   


Jean said...

I LOVE all these signs of spring!!!

Jennifer Hays said...

I love the way you see the bright side, Mari. :)

Anonymous said...

I love spring, too! You and Bob have such a lovely yard/garden and I know you are anxious for warmer temps. Have a nice Monday.

Michelle said...

We have turned the corner towards warmer weather and for that I am glad!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I love Spring and Fall best. Spring because after Winter it is so beautifully warm but without the hot summer temps. Then Fall is great for the beautiful colors and the end of the humdity here that does us in !!

Sally said...

Our yard looks very much like yours, Mari. Except: I'm not seeing any buds yet. :)

Welcome Spring - oh, how we love you.


Laura said...

Beautiful! So much hope. :)

Karen said...

There's beauty in every season and in the transition. Lovely composition of photos and the Bible verse.

Cherdecor said...

Poor Bob! He has a big job ahead of him. Just Kidding! When I had my health, I loved cleaning up the yard in the spring. It is a lot of work as you know, but it is so rewarding. With all the changes Bob has made and built, your yard is going to be spectacular this year!
I can not wait to look through that garden gate!

I love the Bible verse you used. Someone ought to put music to it. It is lovely.

Heather said...

I love spring and cannot wait for all the leaves and flowers to come back. Such a great reminder of God's love and how much he cares for his children!

Henny Penny said...

Pretty pictures! I sure hope spring comes back for us. We had our spring in February.

Dianna said...

What a beautiful post, Mari. Thank you so much for sharing the scenes from your backyard. I loved the blooms that made it through winter...even though they are in a different stage, they are still pretty!

Hope you had a good weekend...maybe a little time with the grandgirls and not having to work. Praying for you continuing.

Judy said...

I really enjoyed this post Mari.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes...yes, Spring is absolutely my most favorite time of year. And your photos are so artfully composed. That poor bush. Yet, it still has a lot of character. I bet your hubby will be out there very soon training and tying it up to regrow straighter, tho. Right?

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Gorgeous photos Mari!! You should really frame some of those. I love the passage and sharing of the beauty that might be unseen. ;)

We're slowly feeling Spring moments here too. Nothing much popping up yet - but seeing some green grass here and there between the last of the snow. Hopefully we won't see too much white stuff anymore.

blessings to you & Happy Spring!! xoxo

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

We in the Deep South really didn't have much of a winter this year unfortunately. For us, that means along with an early spring we will be over run with bugs and mosquitoes much too soon. But, it is beautiful with blooming azaleas and other warm weather flowers and trees and as I enjoy this wonderful spring afternoon on the patio, I am also enjoying the birds and butterflies. So, it is a trade off. Loved seeing your photography.