Spring surprises

Last spring this time, I was waiting for my offer on a house to be accepted.  And waiting.  In the meantime, the garden went through the springtime without me.  That means that this year, every week brings a new surprise.  Like the view off my deck, green all winter and now scattered with various colors of leptospermum:


Then, the warmth and late rains transformed a weedy hillside along the drive into a field of wildflowers, delicate and unexpected:

DSC01256And this:


DSC01244Just yesterday, I saw the first of the trumpet vine flowers open, way up high.  Those I have seen, blooming well into the summer and turning the oak tree into a brilliant red canopy.  I’ll show you a picture of that as summer comes along.

This garden works the way I as a writer put together stories, as I pursue unanticipated events and find myself surprised by the shapes and colors.  I can’t wait to see what the garden has to show me next.


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  1. Barb on April 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Delightful and miraculous. Enjoy the gifts of your garden. I imagine the little sprites — like Disney’s Fantasia — are having a wonderful time.

  2. Em Frothingham on April 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    What a wonderful post & gorgeous pics! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. Mine is rather modest by comparison, but equally well-loved–it’s such a delight to have green things flowering and fruiting nearby. And hummingbirds. Do you have a feeder? Hummingbirds keep us company all winter, and we’re all the way up in Seattle! Amazing little beings.

  3. TheMadLibrarian on April 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    O, pretty flowers! A friend just got back from Japan and was showing off the sakura festival (cherry blossoms) pictures she took. The plumeria are budding out, which means our trees will be raided for lei-making soon.

    The middle pictures look like what we used to call ‘blue-eyed grass’.

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