Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spring Finally Showed Up...

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Spring took it's sweet time showing up in Michigan this year.  I really can't remember a time when Spring has been so  late.  The trees were brown and barren for so long!  Finally though, Spring made an appearance and now everything is green and growing.
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The first hint of green on the trees:
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I took that photo a few weeks ago, luckily the leaves are fully opened now.
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I don't know if it was the cooler weather, or what, but I had so many tulips this year.  Just about ready to bloom:
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Finally blooming:
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I used flowers from my yard to fill these little bud vases.  I had these out at the table when my Mom came over for Mother's Day dinner.
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A beautiful bleeding heart in my Mom's yard:
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Nothing says Spring like yellow daffodils!
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My Mom & I have a tradition of going to the greenhouses together to buy all of our flowers every year.  It's honestly one of my favorite days of the year!  I love being surrounded by all those plants.  I've been know to go a little crazy and buy way more than I need, so I really tried to show a little restraint this year.  That didn't stop us from filling up the car though!
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Here are my peonies earlier in the month.  I'm always amazed at how fast they grow.
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And here they are yesterday - almost ready to bloom.
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This blooming tree is right next to my deck in the back yard.  The white blooms are so pretty.
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It is finally warm enough to put out the hanging baskets.  I think I put them out this year maybe a whole month later than I have before.
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I buy my baskets every year from K Gardens in Byron Center.  If you are in Grand Rapids I highly recommend them.  Their baskets are the best!  They also sell @ the farmers market (Fulton St.).
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A few other Spring blooms from my Mom's yard.  A beautiful iris:
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And allium:
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And now, I'm ready for Summer to show up! 
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15 comments:

Amy said...

I love Spring. Your photos are lovely. I didn't realiza that that part of the country was that far behind in the season. i lve your flowers in the bud vases too. So pretty.

Brandi said...

Everything is so gorgeous Alissa! Your pictures are magazine quality! Beautiful!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Alissa-
You definitely have 33 shades of beautiful green going on at your house - everything looks so lush and colorful. Your photos are always so beautiful.

My best- Diane

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Those are beautiful pictures :)

Mindy said...

Love, love, love these photos.

Chas said...

I am so ready for steady, warm, sunshine weather! I can't wait to get over to Lake Michigan and enjoy the sun! Great photos!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Spring is trying to arrive here as well. It has been a cool spring, rainiest on record! But flowers are beginning to bloom, which feel great!

natasha {schue love} said...

Wow...such great photos!!! Can't wait for spring or summer for the matter, to show up here! It's snowing today!!! Ahhh! :)

Tereza said...

Great photos! I'm so jealous of the trunk of your car!!! looks like you'll have fun gardening :)

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

How gorgeous are these pics?! I'm from Michigan originally. I sure miss the lilacs! Can't wait to see your peonies!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Gorgeous, Alissa! And, you know...many people around here are saying that our colder-than-normal winter is the reason our blooms are bigger and bolder this spring. I guess it really was worth it! :)

Jen said...

Absolutely gorgeous...and I love the pics of the back of your car...such a great day when you bring home all those lovelies!!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love the allium. Great pics, Alissa!

Rene said...

What beautiful images Alissa! We share some of the same favorites. Wouldn't you like to have time lapsed photography during the growing season?

Brisbane Carpet said...

And those flowers just totally brought up my day. The colors, differences, everything about it looks very beautiful. You've got great photos here. Really very beautiful.

 

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