As Eloise would say, I love love love spring!

Lilies of the Valley

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.

Strawberry Plant


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.

Lunch with Kurt Wallander

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?

19 thoughts on “Anticipation

  1. Janel

    I noticed the lilacs starting to bloom at the park yesterday. I don’t think you have to worry too much about cutting the blooms off at the end of the season. There are several old, huge bushes in our neighbor’s yard. The bloom profusely every year without any care.

    Right now our pear trees are in bloom. The wind is blowing at it looks almost like snow blowing across the yard! Luckily, it isn’t. :)
    .-= Janel´s last blog ..Mind Shot: Push =-.

  2. Kathleen

    I love spring as well. Your pictures remind me that I have some work to do in my yard! There’s just something about spring and the promise of summer that I enjoy so much. Being in California I am a weather wimp so even though our winters are mild, they feel freezing cold and miserable to me! Glad to see you are enjoying the change in seasons.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Read the Book AND See the Movie =-.

  3. Theresa Milstein

    The pictures are so lovely. Our cherry tree blooms have come and gone. Now it’s lilacs and wisteria. I live in a city, so I see these flowers other places since I don’t have much property of my own.

    I’m looking forward to consistently warm weather so I can enjoy the flowers, (mostly) fresh air, and reading in the park.
    .-= Theresa Milstein´s last blog ..A Kinder Kindergarten =-.

  4. Jemi Fraser

    We’re still a couple of years behind you for plants. Thanks for the preview :)

    My spring will be crazy busy – coaching track teams, helping with softball teams and getting the students reading for provincial testing. Fun, fun, fun!!
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..Am I Stalking you Properly? =-.

  5. Barbara

    My lilies are coming up and I’ve cleared away other “stuff” to give them room to spread. Our pear trees and forsythia are blooming like crazy and the lilac bush Dave gave me years ago is just about to bloom. Since the deer feasted on the lilac bush one year, we’ve nursed it along and now it is gorgeous – inside its fence. All of our summer birds have arrived; I love watching the purple martiins swoop around catching bugs and we have barn swallows that do aerial tricks over the pond catching insects too. It’s a wonderful season.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Evening Out: Dinner and a Show =-.

  6. Melissa

    This is the first spring I’ve spent in our new home and it’s been so wonderful to see all the flowers that have popped up. We had no idea what to expect and have been delighted by lilies of the valley, peonies, daffodils and lilac bushes (my favorite). Spring is just the perfect season (minus allergies).
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Friday Favorites: A Moveable Feast =-.

  7. Cat Woods

    I love, love, love spring too! The sights and scents are magical in their own right. You’re blessed to have such a lovely place to enjoy your reading, writing and life in general.

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  8. Margot

    Looking at your pictures and reading your post made me homesick for the midwest. I miss peonies and lilacs and all those wonderful spring blooms. I’ve always felt that those special blooms were a reward for the people who lived through the tough winters where those plants grow. Enjoy. You earned it.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..It’s BLOGMANIA Day!! =-.

  9. MarthaAndMe

    How funny is this – I have all the same plants (except the strawberry) and they are definite signs of spring to me. I wait anxiously for them! My peonies are in the shade and come a bit later than yours I think. I almost always have flowers for Father’s Day. I’ve been worried about my lilies of the valley. They were in a semi-shaded spot but we had some shrubs removed and now there is no shade there. they have come up like gangbusters, but I’m worried about how they are going to fare without shade for now

  10. Ladytink_534

    I used to have a strawberry patch as a kid at my grandmother’s house and I’ve recently been thinking of planting a patch somewhere. I’m anticipating books more than flowers this spring I’m afraid!

  11. Kristen

    Lilies and lilacs and peonies, oh my! Three of my very favorites. I should really get off my duff and get into the garden and make it look the way it looked when we moved in and the master gardener lived here. I would so love it to be gorgeous again but I don’t even know what things are and seem to end up cultivating weeds more than anything else.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? =-.


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