Hallelujah Hallelujah!!! I think Spring is now a here to stay in Arkansas!
I took advantage of a beautiful day over the weekend to get outside and start cleaning the garden beds. It was an absolutely gorgeous day even though the prediction had been for rain. A bit cloudy in the morning but that’s not bad when you are working in the garden – You don’t want it too warm and the temperature was perfect. And the sun made an appearance about the time I was ready to quit, glistening on the dew drops still remaining on each leaf.
Not wanting to keep all of the beauty to myself I thought I would take time to share with you a few signs of spring I was able to enjoy while I worked.
The Dogwood tree was in full bloom. This is only the second time it has bloomed for us.
Last year we had just a few blooms to enjoy but this year it gave us quite a show. We are hoping each year it will add even more blossoms.
The vibrant pink flowers are so delicate and pretty.
Working in the garden in the quietness of the day I find myself thinking back to memories of shopping for new plants with my “mama” – such special memories of spending the day with her.
So many of my garden adornments were purchased on those wonderful excursions with her – I love having them here with me as they make me feel that much closer to her.
This little frog, a gift I purchased for my sweetie last year, is a reminder of his father. His dad was a biologist and each time we see a frog we think of him.
The hostas are just beginning to emerge from the soil. Several were new to the garden last year and it feels good to see them beginning to expand through the garden.
The sun playing on the leaves paint a pretty picture.
It is a sure sign of spring when this little helper is out. He loves to prance around in the grass chasing anything he sees. He’s the reason we now have a fence around the garden area – his love of digging doesn’t work well with the plants.
Red bud trees are one of my all-time favorites. I only wish the beautiful blooms would stay all season long.
Several statues appear throughout the garden. I love the look of them – especially when they begin to weather. There is something that brings a peaceful feeling to me when I see them.
And then ….. Are you ready? For a couple of weeks I had wanted to get out my hummingbird feeders but the weather had been so chilly. This weekend with the warmer temperatures I took the time to make up the nectar and hang the feeders. I had always wanted hummingbirds when I lived in Illinois but never had any luck getting them to come to a feeder. When I moved to Arkansas where we live next to the woods, I hoped to change my luck. I put the feeders out last year and much to my delight the little ones arrived. I had high hopes of seeing them again this year and I wasn’t disappointed. In less than fifteen minutes I had a hummer at the feeder!
They are just so much fun to watch!
Can you see the tiny feathers around his neck?
He is a hungry little fellow.
It has been wonderful. I am blessed to work from a home office and the feeders hang right outside of my office window.
It has been so much fun today watching them flittering back and forth – sparing between themselves as they try to get to the nectar first. I love the buzz of their wings as they travel through the air.
What beauty! What peacefulness! We truly are nearer to God’s heart in the garden than anywhere else on earth.
I am feeling blessed today.