Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brave little flowers get my vote



Happy Thursday, everyone.  Glad to see you here.  Make sure you check the bottom of the post for a reminder from the Chicks! 

I enjoyed Maggie’s pictures taken at Malice Domestic with the wonderful flowering trees and plants in the area around Washington. Certainly that’s one of the bonuses of the Malice Domestic Conference.  In April, I’m jealous. After our brutal Ontario winter, spring comes slowly. Then in early May we start to get some action.  It’s still cold in the nights and any flowers we get are brave and hardly little souls.  I’d like to salute them today.   They've been poking their heads out of the cold dark earth, seeking a little sun.  Hmmm. Much like a writer after a rough deadline.

They are like a visit from a friend! 

 
Surely the bravest are the little pansies we buy in the grocery store and place outside. I was still wearing my jacket, boots and gloves when I stuck them in that pot, so they bring hope as well as color.   The little violets arrive all on their own.  Some people think of them as weeds, but they're dear to my heart.














Ontario's official flower is the trillium. It hides in shady woods. I found clumps like these behind the trees in the back yard. 




 These are called squill  or scilla.  I've never met anyone who planted them, yet every year in May, there they are, giving a dash of bright blue in my front and back yard.



The daffs are cheering up everyone.  I tried to capture this little bumblebee having a snack inside one.  He seemed to find me annoying so I left him and them in peace.
 




Finally a couple of early tulips. We are crazy about tulips around here. Ottawa has an amazing Tulip Festival.  I hope to have some  shots for you.  













 Come on over and tell me what's happening in your garden or park or flower boxes. 
 
  Speaking of lovely things! How about this below?