Sure-Fire Signs of Spring

When Winter is done and the fiery sun

crosses to the Northern Hemisphere150515_01

We seek out a reason to believe in the season,

A Sure-Fire Sign that Spring is here.150515_02

Bloodroot comes to light150515_03

Blooming in white150515_04

Nature’s own ressurection150515_05

Then the spring beauty150515_06

And this little cutie150515_07

We’re headed in the right direction!

The daffodils show


Catching a glow


The quintessential sign of Spring.150515_10

Nice weather is here150515_11

Reason to cheer


Nature showing off some bling.150515_13

The storms come through150515_14

The valley goes blue150515_15

It becomes quite the colorful scene.150515_16



And Pink


It’s pretty…


Don’t you think?


Petals on a carpet of green.150515_21

Finally comes the shade150515_22

The season is made150515_23

The effervescent light of the wood.150515_24

The finch turns gold150515_25

The dandelion’s old150515_26

And an ant crawls on a peony150515_27

It’s good!

37 thoughts on “Sure-Fire Signs of Spring

    1. Awww, thanks Nia. It IS beautiful. That’s why I like to share. I hope you have a nice weekend too. πŸ™‚

  1. Lovely photos and words, as usual! What is the name of the pinkish flowers under “Don’t you think?” It looks like a quince that I saw at the garden center recently.

    1. Thanks! Yep, those pretty little flowers are quince blossoms. We have two quince bushes which are the rowdiest, most unruly bushes I’ve ever met. But, as they are located either side of the most-used entrance to the house, we are compelled to keep them reasonably well trimmed. They respond well to that and put off lots of blossoms and fruit. πŸ™‚

      1. Wow, what is the fruit like? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it for sale. This year was the first time I’ve noticed the bush at the garden center. It was eye catching, and I noticed several people had one in their carts. I wonder if they know how “rowdy” it can be πŸ™‚ They are such pretty flowers. Thanks for the explanation!

        1. The flowers are much prettier than the fruit is tasty. It makes a nice jelly, if a whole bunch of sugar and several hours of stirring is your thing. Frankly, that’s not my thing. So we don’t really use the fruit. ‘Tis OK. We don’t use the fruit of the pawpaw tree either. I think there is a reason why the quince bush hasn’t become popular and I’m surprised to hear that garden centers are selling them. Maybe they are making a comeback. All that said, I like the two bushes either side of the back door and take it as a challenge to keep them from over-running the entryway to my house. πŸ™‚

          1. I have heard of quince jelly but never tried it. I prefer preserves–all jellies pretty much taste the same to me. Hmm so the fruit isn’t great and it grows all over the place…despite the beautiful flowers I don’t think a quince bush is for me (besides the fact that I only have a balcony for a garden haha). I had never seen those bushes at the garden center before, but that could just be my lack of noticing in previous years. I don’t know how I could have overlooked those flowers though. Either they are making a comeback or I’ve just finally noticed them. Anyway good luck battling them all summer πŸ™‚

  2. Made my day! it was started to get really gloomy, but now there is SUNSHINE and COLOR! πŸ™‚

  3. Tes photos sont de plus en plus belles ! Et le jardin est un vrai rΓ©gal pour les yeux, une explosion de vie. J’aime la lumiΓ¨re Γ  travers la jonquille. Vraiment, c’est carrΓ©ment magnifique !

    1. Merci. Le Printemps! C’est la meilleure saison. J’aime beaucoup les autres saisons aussi, mais le printemps – c’est trΓ¨s doux. Comme tu dis, une explosion de vie…. et des couleurs…. et des odeurs. Yipee! πŸ™‚

  4. You really have captured the essence of spring in your photos and words! Thanks for including some of my favorite flowers, and I love the “spring bling” concept. πŸ™‚ Bravo!!

    1. Thanks. Indee, Spring is the kind of season which likes some bling. And wears it well. I love spring bling! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much. That’s awesome. I’m glad you found it compelling enough to read again. Hooray! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. I take lots of pictures and share the really good ones – the ones which I find compelling and hope others do too. I’m glad you like them. Have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Julie. Yes, the shade is magic. Just a couple months ago the valley was white and bright. Then carpeted in blue. And then comes the shade and the lighting becomes most compelling. There are just enough holes in the canopy for little pockets of light to illuminate certain branches. I tried to capture that in the photo about the effervescent light of the wood. Have a great day. Hope all is well in your home and garden. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. It if filled with splendor. But splendor only works if we notice it – thanks for noticing. πŸ™‚

  5. As soon as I saw your discussion of quince, I wondered where you were located. Now I see- Indiana! I spent a little time visiting there and quince came up in discussion. I’ve still never tried it!
    Great photos and very refreshing!

    1. Hi. Thanks. I still recommend an apple, peach or plum. But the flowers are pretty. Have a wonderful day and thanks for checking out my blog. πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Jim, I think you spent a lot of time on your knees or on your belly to obtain those photographs.
    I love seeing deciduous trees covered by a haze of green as the buds begin to burst.

    1. Thanks. Anything for a good photo, you know. πŸ™‚ I love the haze of green as well. I call it the “Spring Haze” and I just love watching as the trees transition from bare branches to full leaf. It is perhaps the most invigorating scene of the year. πŸ™‚

  7. I can’t believemy reader did not pick up your new posts. 😦 Love you spring flower photos. Thank you, Jim!

    1. Hi Amy. The reader can be a fickle friend. ut I must say, you are the most committed and encouraging blogger on the block, so no worries about the reader. I thank you sincerely for your encouragement and support. πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you for your kind words, Jim. I love your post and photos, I really don’t want to miss it. πŸ™‚

  8. The robin is definitely a sure sign of spring here:) Very nice photos!

    1. Thanks. Yep, the robin says it all. I suppose I could have stopped right there, but there are so many more pictures to share. πŸ™‚

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