Friday, February 3, 2012

Looking For Signs

Just as the priest said in the movie 'Fools Rush In', "There are signs everywhere."

And in my garden, even though it looks like winter is still here, there are signs everywhere that say spring is near.  Want to see some of them?


The irises are beginning to bloom.  These are early irises, and there are three or four blooming in the garden right now, with a lot more to come - soon, I think.


The water pump has been turned on.  The fish have to endure silence all winter, but in the spring, they hear the happy sound of splashing, laughing water.



Professor Charles Sargent decided to show off his first bloom of the year.


And while I was weeding, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that truly made my heart sing.  The first grape hyacinth bulbs (muscari) are blooming!  Spring must be right around the corner!

At least my gardener's heart hopes so!

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  1. It looks like spring is on its way in your garden. Lovely iris. We are enduring a cold snap at the moment, freezing temperatures and heavy snow forecast for tomorrow.

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    1. I hope we don't get a cold snap here. I had wanted one, but now that everything's starting to leaf out, I'd rather just have a mild winter all the way through!

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  2. Exciting stuff! I keep thinking one of these days the hammer is going to fall, but I keep looking at the 10-day forecast and there's just nothing but lovely weather ahead. Could this be our consolation for the last terrible two winters?? Enjoy it while we can!!

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    1. I wonder, too, if winter will hit us when we least expect it, or if we just won't really have a winter this year. I'm so ready for spring, I hope it's the latter!

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  3. You sound so cheerful and have every reason to be, looks like Spring is unstoppable now! Enjoy:~)

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    1. I have had none of my spring bulbs blooming until now, so I'm hoping they know best!

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  4. Love the pictures. I also have some white irises blooming, 'Wings of Peace.' An early bloomer every year. Also, nice red Camellia.

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    1. I have no idea what iris this is. You can read my March 24, 2011 post (The Secret Garden) to see where these irises came from. They amazed me by continually blooming and increasing, even when neglected.

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  5. Niektórym to dobrze, już widzą pierwsze wiosenne kwiaty, a u nas minus 20 stopni. Pozdrawiam. *** Some are good, I see the first spring flowers, and we have minus 20 degrees. Yours.

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    1. Oh, I feel for you having such bitter cold! I much prefer this milder weather!

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  6. Happy Spring to you! I'll have to wait a bit!

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    1. I'm hoping it really is spring, and not a cruel trick by Mother Nature!

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  7. Everything is on hold over here in London, we are in the midst of a big freeze over the whole of Europe. Sunday we expect to wake up to 4 inches of snow - in London!!...how quickly things turn. Loved your photos as always, Professor Charles Sargent is gorgeous!

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    1. Sorry to hear winter has hit. I hope nothing was already starting to bud out. You're right - things can turn quickly!

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  8. Oh, my gardener's heart hopes so too!

    I always enjoy your writing and have, therefore, nominated you and your Blog for The Versatile Blogger Award. My post this week includes your nomination and a link to your writing. ~Debra, Gardens Inspired

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I have already received this award and passed it on, but I do so appreciate you thinking of me.

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  9. For you Spring is here. How nice. It keeps feeling like Spring starting here, but it's just playing with us. Trying to catch up a little. Still behind with all the work here but wanted to drop by.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. I'm so glad you dropped by! I've been wondering about you. I hope Mother Nature doesn't have some nasty trick up her sleeve!

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  10. At least 2 months ahead of me...just beautiful...I so want to hear my waterfall...2 months to wait for that too..

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    1. I think we're a couple of weeks ahead of last year, which was a little early, too - UNLESS, of course, winter decides to hit us! I certainly hope those spring bulbs know what they're doing!

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  11. Holley, we are having a weird winter here, a little snow, but mostly temps in the 40's for the last few days. It's unsettling, like a prolonged spring or something, in a way I wish it would get back to normal which for us is a coupla feet of snow. Oh, well. Seeing all the flowers in your garden is so refreshing, all we see here is muddy snow here and there right now. I so enjoy coming over here to visit you, always something beautiful or inspirational to see.

    I hit publish last night on my silly post before it was done and then had to edit it. I'm still marching along with Leslie every day. I think of you every time!

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    1. I thought it odd that you had so few words in your post last night, then this morning I realized you must have hit post by mistake. I think of you each time I work out with Leslie! :) Isn't that funny? Even though we never have hard winters here, it is still a bit unsettling that this winter has been so mild. I can remember one year we had a winter like this, and people talked about how horrible the bugs were that year! I was not a gardener then, and stayed inside all the time, so I don't personally remember the bugs, but everyone here talks of hope of getting enough freezing weather to help kill off the bugs. I guess I'll see this year if it's true about the increase of bugs. Unless we get a freak cold streak, that is.

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  12. aloha, how exciting to see something new...here in the tropics the weeds just get more impossible to deal with...i love the beautiful hardscaping of your yard!

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    1. Yes, the weeds seem to grow immense if there is not a winter to knock them down! I imagine you have to weed constantly!

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  13. Beautiful blooms, I hope spring is around the corner. We are currently having nice weather, I hope it isn't trickery.

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    1. I hope it's not trickery, either! That would be a cruel trick - not only on us, but also on the plants!

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  14. The figure in your garden seems to be presiding over the pond and the arrival of spring flowers. Spring is still a long way off here, but I too am hoping that it arrives early.

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    1. This is a bit earlier than I expected, but I'm really beginning to believe we just won't have a winter this year!

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  15. It really is spring where you are and we have over a month and a half of winter left, technically speaking.

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    1. Scary, isn't it? February is usually the month for our worst cold weather, but every warm day that goes by makes it more believable to me that spring is here!

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  16. Hi Holley,
    I also got lucky and found a grape hyacinth in bloom in the warmest microclimate of my garden a few days ago, but I think irises are quite a ways off, still. Today was my first daffodil (not counting paperwhites). Happy spring!

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    1. How exciting to find a daffodil blooming! Mine are not yet, but the crocuses are beginning to come up out of the ground! I love those little blooms!

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  17. Yes, yes, please! Thanks for the signs of spring! I'm so far behind you--but that's OK because it's normal to be wintery in Wisconsin in February. But thank you for the signs of hope! :)

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    1. I think all us gardeners look for those signs of spring. I hope we all have an early spring this year. :)

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  18. I saw a muscari blooming in my garden yesterday. And the early daffodils are beginning to bloom, too. I'm beginning to think we're not going to have winter!

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    1. That's what I'm beginning to think, too!

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  19. Holley your garden is much more Spring looking than mine.Fools rush in! cant think of the priest, Ricky Nelson comes to mind.

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    1. I don't know the name of the actor, but I do like the movie. I'm hoping my garden gets more and more spring looking in the next couple of weeks! Spring bulbs are very exciting to see!

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  20. We just got four inches of snow on Friday. The snow was much needed, but your happy flower photos make me feel warm.

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    1. Oh, I hope your garden is fine underneath it all, and that it doesn't have any damage. Always worrisome this time of year.

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  21. Your garden is so beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Ava

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    1. Thank you, Ava. I especially appreciate the compliment in winter!

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