Spring Walk in the Rain

Now, dear readers, I know what some of you are thinking. Tulips again. I make no apologies, however, for taking myself on a little jaunt after what seems like days and days of pounding rain (and more this morning to greet us upon arising!). As sheets fell yesterday on our Easter Sunday I found myself pondering the obvious parallel between the Resurrection and the perennials which steadfastedly and loyally return year upon year to grace our lives. Thus the inspiration to turn into the rain and see what was about. And beautiful tulips were definitely part of the terrain! Come!
Spritely red ones ready to open!
And how charming is this vignette? Oh, I love it!

Not to be upstaged, I come upon these apple blossoms wending their way over a fence in a neighbor’s yard.

And while, yes, this fruit branch is a bit weary from the driving rains, you must admit it’s holding its enchanting beauty. (Good metaphor!)
I find another tulip loving person in the neighborhood, and with good reason!

As you can imagine my flower appetite is beginning to be sated and then I turn a corner to find these marvelous red and yellow ranunculus, growing among these endearing forget me nots!

What’s next? What was next was a garden that had a number of broom plants growing within. I was surprised, as broom is something we in California are encouraged to pull up, as it threatens to take over parts of our counties, so aggressive is it. However, I had to take a second look as this broom was as lovely as ever, and it had not yet even begun to blossom. Who knew it was so pretty?

My walk was winding down. Whom I brought home with me in my camera were this lavender about to explode into blossom…

And, these two plants which I will need to have a reader identify for me, as I know not what they are. #1:

And (help) #2:

I’m noticing the bit of gloom that had accompanied me out the door was fully dispelled by the time I got back home. And I punctuate this post with two lovelies awaiting me at home:
(I have never never seen this camellia so abundantly full; it must love the rain.)

And these dear wee ones I find so charming…
English daisy

Thank you, lovely readers, for joining me in this morning’s adventure. I invite you to look beyond your own immediate gardens for inspiration–and report back!

Shhhhh…I think I hear the patter of rain!

Love and gardening blessings,
Kathryn xoxo

8 Responses to “Spring Walk in the Rain”

  1. Plant number 2 is ceanothus! No need to apologize for the tulips, they are lovely! Hope you have some sunshine heading your way!

  2. Hi, Sheila! Ceanothus! Thank you! Duly noted! And appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunshine has arrived in full force. Yay! Kathryn xoox

  3. Such beautiful spring color! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, how, pretty, mom! A Lovely reminder of Spring.. and, a needed one after all the rain we’ve been getting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you,

  5. Hi, Pam! Welcome! Thanks for the visit. Glad you enjoyed our local color! Kathryn xoxo

  6. Hi, Antonia! Yes, it was a good reminder that it’s beautiful once you get OUT into it! Glad I did it! Love, Mom xooxo

  7. Gosh – your plants and flowers are WAY ahead of ours!
    We’ve head some awful weather for the last couple of weeks, but today has felt like spring. First-Born and I ventured out coatless to spend the day wandering round our town’s second hand/junk market and the farmers market. It was lovely!

    Re Jamie Oliver and school gardens. Many, many UK schools now have vegetable gardens (including the one where I’m a Governor), where they grow the veg, sell them to the kitchen then eat the outcome! It’s working really well here. I hope it takes off over there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hi, Liz, Yep. California will do that. ๐Ÿ™‚ But your day with First-Born wandering about sounds utterly scrumptious! How I would love to do that in the UK! AND, I’ve written to you about your school gardens as I am very very very interested! Thank you!! Kathryn xoox

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