Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yayyy Earth! ~Outdoor Wednesday~

Since Thursday is Earth Day I couldn't resist joining in for this week's Outdoor Wednesday festivities. I spent much of this past weekend in my yard and enjoyed every minute of it. The dirt and the sun and the smell of the cottonwood trees all made me feel very appreciative of our beautiful planet. The spring blooms didn't hurt either!

Seeing this clematis blooming at my front door is a pure joy.

But I'm just as thrilled with the humble little violets

I love the unexpected blooms like these little anemones..I look and look for them in early spring, then suddenly when I least expect there they are.

Or this startling Darmera peltata bloom...that comes up from the ground like a little alien leaves just flower!

Then there are the little tiny blooms that make their presence known in a big way. Forget me nots couldn't be forgotten even if you tried!

Signs of new life are everywhere you turn

Spring bulbs are still surprising me - I forget this ones name

But Spanish Bluebells I remember

Spring really is the season of love in the garden

And I love love love this bleeding heart to pieces

The rhody season is getting underway and this mini is the first to bloom in my yard.

But one of its azalea cousins is blooming too

I've just added this cutie to my garden. It's called lithodora "Star"

One of my favorite yellow flowers, trollius, is starting to bloom right now. It has such perfect little teacup shaped flowers. It reminds me of the one that Willy Wonka took a bite of :-)

Spring is a time when it reminds us of what the earth has to offer in the way of food. Apples on the way

Yummy green onions

And tomatoes hiding in their water beds

I'm always so excited to see this Mountain Bluet bloom! Saturday was the day this year

Even though I have plenty blooming in my yard at the moment I couldn't resist going to buy more....the fever has hit!

How could I not buy this pretty little fuchsia?

Or this otherworldly looking african daisy?

Hope all of you enjoy a wonderful Earth Day this year. I just looked at the weather forecast and a little sunshine is promised, so hopefully I can get out and enjoy some of what mother nature has to offer. Go check out all of the other posts at Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer's place. I know there will be some pretty stuff!


Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Happy Earth day to you Suzy! I am so glad I started my day off with a big smile coming to your blog in the wee hours of the morning. You have such a nice variety of blooms, and I would love to be a fairy living in your garden.

I am waiting eagerly for the 100 tulips I planted in the fall to burst open with color! Should be any day now.

Be Well
Go Green
Every Day is Earth Day
Have a great day my friend!

Cindy said...

My word, your blooms are gorgeous!!! You are blessed to live in an area where Spring blooms come early. I have not seen one bloom yet. (Sob) Somthing to look forward to, I suppose.
Hugs, Cindy s

Maggie said...

Your Earth Day tribute is wonderful, one beautiful photo after another.
I'm intrigued by the tomato plants water bath, don't think I've come across those before.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs. Love the tomato baths! I don't think I have ever seen an African Daisy before.


Kathleen said...

Fabulous! I have flower envy! So many different varieties, some unknown to me..The yellow almost looks like a peony, which is another fave of mine,,you have some?
Wonderful OW post...

Marigene said...

Beautiful flowers, Suzy...the clematis at your door is gorgeous! The bleeding heart is lovely, too.

Carol said...

Happy Earth Day, Suzy! Your flowers are all so gorgeous! Some really really interesting ones, I love the bleeding heart, too!

Blondie's Journal said...

How lucky you are to have so much blooming already!! We have a very short growing season in the Midwest. I am envious of your pretty clematis and your African Daisy is just awesome.

Happy Earth Day, Suzy!


Unknown said...

Wow... you have whirly gig daisies!! I saw those for the first time at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. If you've never been there, you should go. It's sooooooo worth the trip.

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