Flowers marking the passage of spring

A woman named Verna built my home and lived in it for more than 30 years. My neighbor tells me that a few years before she fell ill and died, she landscaped the yard. The house became a rental for several years after that, and her beds got little love from tenants. When I moved in, one of the first things I did was give them proper care. And while I’m not a huge fan of digging in the dirt, I haven’t been able to resist adding flowering plants of my own.

Spring is my favorite time of year anyway, but I love it even more because of the flowers in my yard as they come and go. My mom gave me my grape hyacinths; they are first to emerge.

Grape hyacinth
Nikon F2AS, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

I bought a single regular hyacinth plant to go with them. They emerge and begin to blossom at about the same time.

Nikon F2AS, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

While the hyacinths usually come up first, my daffodils are always first to show color.

First color
Canon PowerShot S95

Here’s one that has fully opened. When my daffodils open, I know spring has fully arrived. It’s one of the best days of my year.

Nikon F2AS, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

These Lily of the Valley are relative newcomers to my garden. Mom dug them out of her garden before she moved from our family home last year, and gave them to me. The little blooms don’t last very long.

What are these?
Nikon F2AS, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

I can’t decide whether I look forward more to my daffodils or my peonies. Verna planted three prolific peony bushes. I always cut the flowers as they bloom and bring them inside, filling my home with their fragrance. The flowers don’t last very long — a few days, whether left on the bush or cut and placed in water. The aged flowers don’t just wilt, they rot. The bushes bloom for one to two weeks.

Nikon F2AS, 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor, Ektar 100

Another latecomer to my gardens, another plant from Mom’s former garden, is this evening primrose. It blooms as the peonies are finishing up.

Evening primrose
Canon PowerShot S95

I know spring is about to fade into summer when the day lilies come up. They keep blooming all summer.

Nikon F2AS, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

My tiger lilies are always the last to bloom, usually just after the first day of summer. My friend Dani gave me these.

Tiger Lily
Nikon N60, Quantaray 28-80mm, Kodak Gold 200 (expired)

I have other flowering plants in my yard, but these are my favorites. And they’re all milestones in the arrival and passage of spring, my favorite season.


9 responses to “Flowers marking the passage of spring”

  1. conspicari Avatar

    Some lovely shots there. I have grape hyacinths in my garden and when they start to flower I know spring is on the way.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I love these little harbingers of better weather!

  2. jpcavanaugh Avatar

    Not much of a gardener myself, and I admire folks who can put some nice flowering beds together. Some beautiful shots.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, if it weren’t for enjoying the flowers so much I wouldn’t even own a shovel.

  3. davidvanilla Avatar

    What a lovely way to mark the passing days of a favorite season! The effort put into maintaining a flower garden is hugely rewarded in happiness.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yup — a high cost::benefit ratio!

  4. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    Flowers are such a blessing. They never fail to make my heart smile.
    Nice photos, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I didn’t appreciate them — I barely even saw them — until my 40s. Glad to finally be on this bus.

  5. hmunro Avatar

    Gorgeous images, and beautiful stories to match them, Jim. Thank you for brightening my day with both.

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