Friday, April 27, 2007

Time to be Outside

This morning a hummingbird was gyrating outside my studio window, as if trying to tell me he had finally arrived and it was time, time to be outside. Perhaps he sensed the 77 degrees forecast for today and a similar outlook for tomorrow as those colder temperatures seem now tucked away until later in the year.

Trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers have also made winter an afterthought as their color, size, foliage and fragrances respond to the increasing warmth of the season. I tried to capture more of those blossoms to share with you before they evolve into their summer’s form.

Overshadowing the heirloom rose, which will begin its display within the next month, is this delicate early blooming Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird'. Two mourning doves have professed squatter's rights in the upper right hand of the trellis.

At the left foot of the structure is blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), an evergreen ornamental grass, and looking beyond you can see the somewhat towering Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca', the Blue Atlas cedar.

Walk on through the tellis and observe how somehow nature always does its thing, as one of the branches of the cedar reaches down to gracefully touch the Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' which rests upon the carpet of good ole mother of thyme.

The sparkle of the Common Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold') accents that space.

Come take a walk with me tomorrow to see one of our favorite trees, for now it is time to be outside and meet my husband for our evening stroll in the garden.