As Eloise would say, I love love love spring!
Lilies of the Valley
Last year, we had just a scattering of these beautiful lilies of the valley along our rock wall. This year, they’ve migrated to the soil running along the top of the wall and at the base of the tree trunk – huge drifts of them, all doing very well in the semi-shade at the side of the house.
I’m really looking forward to the handful of days they will be in bloom – they have such a beautiful fragrance.
After our lilacs bloomed last year, we didn’t have time to cut down the dead blooms, so I’ve been a little worried that perhaps we won’t have as lovely a showing of lilacs this year as we did last year. But judging from the flower buds we’re seeing now, we’ll have a wonderful display this year.
Our lilac trees are among my favorite – I have a love affair with scented flowers, and the lilac’s fragrance is sublime.
I planted this little strawberry plant in a sunnier part of our garden last year, and it actually bore fruit that very summer! Unfortunately, by the time I realized this, the birds had beaten me to the berries. This year the plant is already much bigger than it was last year, and I’m going to remember to keep checking for ripe strawberries.
Our two peonies are in bud; they are such big, beautiful, droopy flowers and brighten up the place so much when they’re in bloom. I planted this one about three or four years ago, and we have a smaller, baby one that was planted a couple of years ago. They both have a gorgeous, light fragrance.
I love the anticipation that is early spring! We also have poppies, irises, tiger lilies and a lot of other flowers that I won’t remember until I see them in bloom (which prompts a note to self: really need to start a gardening notebook).
Today, I had lunch outside.
Despite a very cool morning (I huddled comfortably under a fleece blanket while I sipped my morning coffee this a.m.), the weather had really warmed up by noon; I sat in a t-shirt and ate and read. Pasta, scrambled eggs (with marvelous Thai chile sauce), homemade cilantro and chili naan bread and floral red tea.
I was accompanied by Henning Mankell’s Firewall (a Kurt Wallander mystery). It was rather strange sitting there reading about about a bleak, cold Sweden getting ready for winter. This is my second Kurt Wallander book, and while I find the tone of the mysteries to be on the depressing side, I’m enjoying the reads a lot.
What are you anticipating this spring – books, flowers or otherwise?