Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring Blossoms and Wild Turkeys

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast

rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Since the 13th of February there have been declarations of Spring: male and female blossoms appeared on Corylus avellana 'Contorta' and flowers flourished upon Rosemarinus officinalis. Thence came a progression of blossoms, increasingly, and mostly in order of appearance: Aubrieta deltoides, Crocus, Helleborus x hybridus, Daphne odora, Daffodils, Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) , Spiraea prunifolia 'Bridal Wreath', Forsythia 'Fiesta', Camellia japonica 'Camellia in Pink', Prunus cerasifera'Thundercloud', Rhododendron x 'PJM', naturalized Trillium ovatum and Trillium chloropetalum, and the fragrant and magnificent Magnolia stellata continues as overseer for most of it.





















































What would yesterday's stroll about the garden be without the accompaniment of wild turkeys?


Here's lookin' at you kid.



49 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

Our wild turkeys are busy hitting the picked corn fields as the snow is starting to open up a little. I love all of your spring flower photos. The warm me up a lot.

Kiki said...

Lovely...what a magical post..i love the photos...so bright and brimming full of spirit! Wonderful Di!!Definately sparked by the essence of Spring here..
Have a wonderful day
Kiki~

Scott (AKA Bull Rhino) said...

What beautiful signs of spring. I'm afraid I won't get to see most of those in my neighborhood for a few more weeks - and the wild turkeys - never. Dagmar at Barefoot from Heaven has a really nice close up of some of those snowdrops that you have just below the daffodils.

Thanks for reminding us that Spring is coming in all it's glory.

HeatherF1 said...

My rosemary does not appear to have made it through our cold snap we had in December, so I am impressed that yours did. Everything looks beautiful, but I love the picture of the camellia!

Ami said...

Oh, those are very beautiful spring flowers! I especially love all the white ones, only I don't know any of their names. Would you mind telling me the names of those white flowers?

Noelle said...

Oh my goodness! Your spring garden is just so beautiful...
I love the arching shrub with the tiny white flowers. But, I think the turkey is my favorite :^)

Dorothy said...

What an impressive post!! Looks like it is already Spring where you live. Beautiful pictures of your flowers, and the turkey, too.

Southern Lady said...

Your spring is ahead of ours! Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I am excited about what we have to look forward to.
God Bless! Carla

Susan said...

Your flowers and blossoms are a true sign of spring in your part of the country. I so enjoyed seeing all your pictures. And as for the wild turkeys, so proud and so silly they look. I just love seeing them in the woods Would rather have a domestic one on the dinner table though.

Trädgårdsmakare Hillevissan said...

Hello,
I wish I had your garden:-) Or maybe I wish you were my nextdoor neigbour, so I could enjoy your garden and get the best out of it..;-) It looks truly stunning! And the amount of nice pics you take...hmmm! Thank you!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This blogging is great.I get to enjoy the beauty of spring in your gardens now and then later in my own garden.Thanks for the beauty you shared today.
Blessings,Ruth

Di said...

I have to ask if anyone else is having as much difficulty as I this past week with Google and blogspot - painful in attempting to access and post. Or could it be our ISP Clearwire connection?

Spring is here and I hope everyone else is within a week of IT happening. ;) It seems that each day something else is in bloom: I forgot to include the Pulmonaria and just beginning to open are the wild currants.

Larry, they were having quite a day with all their gobbling; these two would lower their heads and "gobble", heads came back up and somewhere in the distance others would immediately respond. Quite the performance they had going! ;)

Kiki, thanks. Spring is on its way to you!

Scott, soon. :) and I will check out Dagmar.

Heather, interesting is that this rosemary is totally okay, likely sheltered by the cedar close by, whereas one that is more exposed to the elements - part of it has died.

Ami, the arching shrub with the tiny white blossoms is Spiraea "Bridal Wreath' and the last blossoms are from the Magnolia stellata. I tried listing the plant names in order of appearance at the top of the posting. Any other questions, please let me know. ;)

Noelle, I had the best time following them around. Or were they following me? :) Yes, the Spiraea 'Bridal Wreath' is so lovely in the garden. We have divided it many times (runners) and planted them in other parts of the garden.

Dorothy, spring is busting out all over. I only hope we don't have a cold snap, especially to hurt any of the fruit trees.

Carla, we are sending Spring your way! Have a wonderful week.

Susan, I had a wild one once, years ago, and domestic is highly preferred. ;)

TH, if you were my neighbor, I would offer you many divisions if you wanted. We divide and divide and many gardens have been planted from those.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures Diane. Love all of the pink blooms of Spring and you have so many of them. Very pretty but maybe not so much the turkey. ;-)

Lindalou said...

Your pictures are so getting me into a Spring state of mind...not that I need much help.

I often see wild turkeys on my way to work. I love when they puff themselves all up. Amazing.

Ami said...

Di: Thanks a lot for the names! I guess I should have read the info prior to the photos more carefully. My eyes were just drawn to your beautiful pictures as soon as I opened your post :) Now you are mentioning it, I think I did kind of recognized the Magnolia stellata, but all others are new too me. Oh, how lovely that Galanthus flowers are, and the bridal wreath (I can see how it gets its name)! Both types of Trilliums look very exotic for me as well. LOVE THEM! Thanks again!

Andrea said...

There is the beauty of spring you in the temperate climes all clamour to arrive, and now it's here. I specifically love the beauty when taken as a whole, but the specific colors are all so beautiful. I love the first one though, aside from the snowdrops which all looks the same anywhere. I was smitten by it the first time it was introduced to me and my longing is intensified by the snowdrop photos you here at blogworld has been sharing. thank you.

Ami said...

Di: I just posted a comment to your answer, but for some reason, I did not see it showing. So, if later you see two comments with similar content from me, please do not be surprised :)

Thanks for taking time to answer my previous question and kindly left a comment in my blog to let me know! I should have read your plant names prior to the photos more carefully. But can you blame me to draw into those beautiful pictures as soon as I opened your post? LOL. Love how Galanthus buds hanging on the top of the plants so gracefully, and the waving bridal wreath (now I know how they got their names). Both types of Trilliums look very exotic for me. LOVE them! Now you have mentioned it, I think Mognolia actually is the only one I kind of recognized. They are so beautiful. Thanks again!

sweet bay said...

You have such a variety of spring flowers. Beautiful. The Prunus tree is unbelievable, such a heavenly cloud of pink-mauve flowers. And I love your pictures of the Magnolia stellata flowers.

Beth said...

Di, Your garden is looking great! Spring is such an awakening! Loved scrolling through your post, looking at the blooms, and the turkeys are pretty cool too!
Blessings - Beth

Di said...

Ruth, so happy you can have two springs. ;) Yes, this is a wonderful world in which we live.

HHG, those turkeys sure are characters aren't they? Was God playing a joke on them? and I say that lovingly. :)

Lindalou, they were so comical with the gobble routine: head thrust down and parallel to the ground, gobble, gobble; head straight back up! lol

Ami, you are welcome! I like comments/questions such as yours for it allows me to check my writing for better clarity. Thank you.

Andrea, you can enjoy our spring with us. And yes, the Corylus is quite unusual and I'm drawn to it. There is year-round interest with this plant.

SweetBay, if you were here you would see how that Plum dominates the landscape with its beauty, and currently the bees are abuzz.

Beth, awakening indeed! I love spring in all its glory... things bursting forth and in technicolor! :)

Les said...

Lovely, lovely! You appear to be well ahead of us, but it is all late here. I feel everything will all bloom in the same week and then summer will be here.

Grace Peterson said...

I have to say, Di that those turkeys look a little menacing. But your floral photos are lovely. The Bridal Spirea with the cascading flower stems looks like an exploding firecracker.

The weather has turned on the chilly side in these parts. I sure hope it doesn't last.

Darla said...

The Pacific Northwest has led the country in Spring this year!! Beautiful!

Susie said...

How fun to see those turkeys. I think they are so funny looking.

I can't believe all the spring blooms you have going on there. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Spring has sprung there for sure! What beauties you have blooming. I've seen a few rhodies blooming around here, the ones in our yard are much later blooming though. I love how the Plum trees look in bloom!

tina said...

That settles it, I'm begging hubby to move us to the NW now! Such beauty! Your snowdrops are gorgeous and the blooms. Oh my-it looks like a wonderful place to be.

jo©o said...

What a delicious posting. So much beauty out already, and so many shrubs and trees in flower.
I agree with the previous comment: a wonderful part of the world.

Sarah Laurence said...

I am drooling over your gorgeous, gorgeous spring. Nothing is blooming here. We do have wild turkeys – fun to see but nasty birds.

Rose said...

Your garden is simply beautiful, Diana! Now I wish I was headed to Portland next week instead of Phoenix. You have so many beautiful flowering shrubs--this is a vision of spring.

Looks like the wild turkeys are enjoying your garden as well:)

joey said...

Your spring parade of flowers is stunning, Di. So far behind here, I'm in awe!

Kim and Victoria said...

Wow, you have so many plants in bloom! Lovely.
The turkey made me smile.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Wonderful post with breathtaking photos. I enjoyed each and every one of them. :)

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Dear Dian,
thanks for having a peek into my blog. I'm stunned by your photo's, you're fooling us right? These must be last years??? Please say I'm right....If you have sping in all it's beauty like above I am so jealous.... But I'm gladd I've stopped by and take a plunge in your wonderful garden. Love you photo's.
We'll see eachother around in blog land.
Bye Dagmar

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, those pictures are so beautiful! Love Spring, it's my favorite season. Cannot wait for the lovely flowers to bloom ... Enjoy all your gorgeous colors and the scents! xo

Liisa said...

Di,
What a beautiful awakening, and a wonderful variety of blooms and color in your garden. The snowdrops are just lovely, and the Magnolia stellata is truly a sight to behold. I do wish we could grow the beautiful Camellia's here, but I will gladly enjoy yours. Happy Spring!! :)

Cathy said...

Your photos of our spring flowers are wonderful! Everything is blooming so early this early. And what fun to see wild turkeys.

Carol said...

Beautiful!! I love seeing all these gorgeous flowers. What a beautiful garden you must have. Great shots of the wild turkeys!

The Early Birder said...

Whow Di, what an amazing explosion of colour in such a short space of time. Our Spirea 'Bridal Wreath' is only just showing the new emerging buds so will have to wait a while for its white coat to appear.

Marilyn said...

No wild turkeys in my garden, but some of the same flowers. Love spring time and love your quote at the top of your entry.

Sage said...

What wonderful photos! It does look like spring here. Thank you for your visit.
Rita

Jean said...

My goodness you all are far along in spring already! Absolutely glorious photos which really capture the beauty of spring.

Chris said...

Hi Di,
Thanks for passing by my blog and writing a comment... I could then discover yours. I'll come back!

Randy Emmitt said...

Di,

Yes I got a beautiful card and walla walla seeds. Thank you the card is beautiful! I'd already planted my onions and have no more room, but will save the seeds for next years garden. We had a guest is the seed starting room and did not get to use it at all for starting seeds, the cats make it necessary to plant seeds away from them.

Are all those trillium from your garden? Wow.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---Spring has come to YOU, Diana.... I can't wait to see many of the same things at our home sometime this month (or next): Crocuses, Daffodils, Redbud, Forsythia, Azalea, Rhododendron, etc..... I am waiting --but not so patiently!!!!!

Love your turkey!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Diane AZ said...

I am overwhelmed by all the wonderful things growing in your garden. That 'Bridal Wreath' looks like fireworks and I love the wild turkeys.

Kate said...

Hi, Di;
I could spend all day drooling over your gardens. What, pray tell, is that gorgeous purple flower, 5th one down? Love it! Those turkeys made me giggle. You've got a little bit of everything, don't you? :)

Di said...

Thanks everyone! I love being able to share the photos. Those turkeys are indeed funny creatures. I do think Spring is here and excited we are.

Randy, yes, the trilliums were here, naturalized and each year they get bigger and bigger.

Kate that is Helleborus x hybridus and is a beauty. Hope all is well.

Okay, off to the potting shed. so many seeds to plant, so little time before our guests arrive for dinner.

Just Jenn said...

Oh so lovely!

Kelly@LifeOutOfDoors said...

What a bounty of blooms you have. Wow! I'd bet we're about a month behind you - what great things I have to look forward to. Enjoy!