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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ah, Sweet May...and a Giveaway



Ahhhh, late May. Is there any time of year sweeter than this? I think not. The tree foliage is lush, the lawn is spring's brightest green. The hostas are unfurling their stunning leaves and the bleeding hearts behind them arch their graceful branches and dangle rows of little pink hearts like charms from a bracelet.








The windows are wide open and the apple blossoms' sweet scent fills the room as I write this. Ollie is content to once again have "his" open window back; he sniffs the breeze a hundred times a day, chirps back at the goldfinches on the feeder ten feet away and curls up in the sun for his afternoon naps. And I'm sure he is dreaming of how he would catch the hummingbirds that zip by his window if he could only reach through that screen...






Our back lawn is littered with drifts of purple violets and I grieve their beheadings each time the hubby mows. (He tires of my plea  "Wait one more day.. I might want to take a few more photos...") Yes, I think late May through mid June is just about my favourite time of year...







We experienced a nasty little storm on Thursday afternoon, a severe thunderstorm with very heavy rains. It beat down plants, washed out newly seeded lawns, flooded streets, toppled trees and knocked out power. We had just planted our new maple tree on the front lawn the evening before, and hubby had spread topsoil, seeded and rolled the large area. Yep, all washed away. The tree is fine, the topsoil and grass seed, not so much. But it could have been worse. So we carry on. Other than putting in annuals, and planting my vegetable garden, I'm almost done the spring garden chores... and so I'm grabbing my camera more often these days ...and evenings...






I have to admit one of my favourite plants to photograph at this time of year is the bleeding heart. I cannot resist its charm. So I hope you'll indulge me these few more photos, it will soon be past its prime and I'll move on to the lilacs...






















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Peace,
Linda

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." ~ Edwin Way Teale

11 comments:

sunny said...

Such beautiful flowers! Post as many pictures as you like. Please!

Betsy said...

I can't wait until my bleeding heart flowers. Yours is stunning!

Jennifer said...

Such pretty flowers! What is it with cats and open windows? Bianca loves to sit by our back door when it's open - screen is closed, so she can't make a break for freedom - especially in the evenings. Perhaps the air smells different then.

KaHolly said...

Ahhhhhh! Gorgeous photos! Yay for May! Your header is stunning!

Sheryl S. said...

gorgeous photos. I agree, for me it is the best time of the year although a lot of work needed in the garden.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

My Bleeding Hearts have a story that I posted just the other day. I love them so much. This year I will add Poppies to my garden. I don't know why I don't have them yet. I love them. A lady down the road had a ton of them and I'm going to ask for a start. And I'm going to take a start of my BH to try in the back yard. Nothing better than looking out a window and seeing birds and flowers!
xx, Carol

Dasha said...

Your floral photographs are stunning. Love the Bleeding Heart. I'm not sure I've ever seen the - perhaps its too hot here to grow them.

Donna said...

Beautiful photos of the bleeding hearts! Sorry about the rain damage.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

I'm so glad that you found me again..I somehow lost touch with a few people when the migration didn't bring over all of the comments...that's how I found everyone.

Sorry to hear about that rain, it's been a wicked few years for weather hasn't it?

Jen

Vee said...

Those bleeding hearts are so gorgeous! so sorry about the gullywasher. Glad that the tree will be fine, but sorry that all the work must be done again. Life!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos! Everything is so gorgeous right now and the air smells so sweet. I love it. That was quite the storm on Friday and I'm glad we didn't have it so bad out here. I'm sure there was lots of damage to property in and around Freddy and am sorry about your lawn. Disappointing I'm sure. Looks like a cool wet few days coming up. What a roller coaster in temperatures and weather.

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