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April 21, 2015


Good Bye to Spring Flowers

What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places? ~Mary Oliver

gate to field beyond

gate to field beyond

 Spring is such a lovely time of year in my spot on our small blue planet. We aren’t into summer yet tho our days are warming. The early spring wildflowers have passed and already the fields are alive with California poppies, lupine, pea, buttercups and others too numerous to remember their names! {If I knew them…}

summer oranges


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spring california native blooms

spring california native blooms

  This lovely native California Lilac is stunning.
There’s so many varieties now available and yet, I’ve planted several and end up with a few more differences than I expected.
They are rather unpredictable.

As is that wild pink rose so delicately tough!



calla lily fields

calla lily fields


calla three

calla three

 The gorgeous callas will await another spring with only long slender leaves marking where they bloomed so beautifully a few weeks ago.

wisteria, trees, grasses

Wisteria amidst the Trees and Grasses in Spring

The wisteria is one that likes plentiful water, something we didn’t actually realize until this spring.
Having let an old dripping faucet run dry {a broken pipe to blame} our normally gorgeous giant is about half her usual stature but still covered in those lovely deep purple flowers.


lilac and rose

native lilac and rose

Another shot of lilacs with that sweet little wild pink rose that popped in one year and has grown beautifully and without effort ever since.


rosemary and jasmine colors

rosemary and jasmine colors


pink jasmine

pink jasmine

 Truthfully we have rosemary blooming sporadically throughout the winter as well as during this time of year.

The jasmine, in particular this pink one, has a sensuous, short  season. When it is in bloom, the fragrance is intoxicating. I wish I could bottle it as it scents each evening and early morning.


callas two

Two callas


groundcovers of flowers

groundcovers of flowers

Spring ground covers, one a lovely rose~shaded alyssum and two types of lobelias, a true perennial ground cover, tough as ticks and a trailing blue essential for my pots.


wisteria hill

Wisteria hill


And coming up sweetly and as pretty as always….

peace rose

Peace roses

 Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

blue pansies

Blue Pansies

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16 thoughts on “Good Bye to Spring Flowers

  1. Lovely photos. I lived for many years just south of your place and I have fond memories of those hills in the spring.

    • Yes, I know you were in Marin… Was it west Marin? We are blessed in blooms right now while around July, things begin to wane til fall. No matter, we enjoy now while it’s so lush, especially this year with no rain in sight. It’s really disconcerting the apparent lack of concern I see around here. Ah well, can only affect our small worlds, thus that non-dripping faucet…


  2. What a colorful smorgasbord of spring. Wonderful stuff!

  3. Wonderful pictures. The lilac is so beautiful! Love the color.

    • Thanks Janell… they are a native so very easy tho not reliably labels so you get surprises as it grows… i’ve got 5 different varieties when i bought ONE! 🙂

  4. Oh gosh, here in NJ we ju…st started to see daffodils! Gorgeous blooms!

    • Elena, you need to move to CA! 🙂

      I do love daffys but they don’t last very long. My roses are blooming their heads off and the grapes are growing like mad… We’ve had a mild winter and it’s showing. Unlike that polar vortex you had on that side of the continent!

  5. A special time of the year – your photographs of the sunlight gracing the flowers are just awesome Linda ~

  6. I just got tears in my eyes looking at your bountiful flowers and reading your equally lovely descriptions. Like people, flowers grow better when they are loved.

    Around here we’re seeing the first crocus in the neighborhoods and stinkflowers in the park – or maybe they’re coltsfoot ^^

    • Ah crocus… finally!! I am SURE there are beauties in your part of the world… like the sea? I have no idea what those wildflowers are!! 😀

      Please don’t get too weepy…. You are welcome anytime to come take a stroll and have a cuppa. ♥}

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