Taking the Long View to Spring

“Spring is far more than just a changing of seasons; it’s a rebirth of the spirit.” ~Toni Sorenson

Spring is fickle. She stops and starts much like a new habit, but she continues forward stumbling along. Cold, hot, snowflakes mixed with rain and lots of sun with clouds. By early May we see flowering trees. And by mid to late May the trees are coming on strong with their greenery. You can see it in the tree above. A very tall apple or crab apple that was seeded and has many saplings that are now turning into a small patch in our brush crowded open woods. The picture was created with the watercolor app, Waterlogue.

And with the onslaught of spring, I am keeping busy with the changes in the garden, both blooms and new visitors. Like this new Hellebore giving me one bloom this spring. It is a renewal, rebirth you might say, for my spirit.


This beautiful Baltimore oriole was back with several others eating suet as we got their feeder ready.

Rose-breasted grosbeaks also flew in with the orioles and they also found some energy in the suet.

And right behind these birds came the last of our visiting birds for the season, Ruby-throated hummingbirds that will nest in our woods. We managed to get our feeder up in time for them as they came in exhausted from the long flight.

The only butterfly that has landed for a picture is this Red Admiral. I am seeing so many of these winged beauties everywhere.

A Canada goose family has successfully hatched a gaggle of goslings in the big pond. It’s been a few years since we have seen this. I have enjoyed watching the parents teach them how to swim in a line. Maybe training for when they fly south in several months.

We have a couple of new rabbits in the garden I am training to stay on the grass where all their favorites, like clover, are. You can see how much they love our area. This one is out many times during the day and night lounging.

And a new blackbird flew in a few weeks ago to rest before heading further north. They filled our trees. I love their yellow eyes. They are Rusty blackbirds and were identified with my Merlin Bird ID app.


Leucojum or Summer Snowflake finally growing and blooming through and around the landscape fabric the management put down. They were planted in fall of 2020.

Inside we still have one bloom that is growing on our 80+ year old Christmas Cactus, blooming since mid- November, giving us 6 months of blooms.

And the hostas have all returned in their containers. Finally a plant I can count on to come back each year in containers.

This is the last of the blooms of hyacinth, salvaged for a wee vase, with some white pansies that are growing back for the second spring. Maybe the third. I have lost count.

I love the contrast in another lovely Belleek bud vase.

With this vase, I am joining in with the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, from Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden.

All the pictures shared in this post were taken with my Nikon Coolpix or iPhone camera, and manipulated on my iPhone using the apps, Pixlr and Prisma. 

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22 Replies to “Taking the Long View to Spring”

  1. I love all your nature shots, Donna, especially the one featuring the geese. May you continue to enjoy the daily surprises and rewards of spring while it lasts

  2. Oh I think that I will investigate Waterlogue Donna. It was interesting to read about your visitors all unknown in my garden apart from Read Admirals. Rabbits used to visit my allotment and sadly did a lot of damage. A lovely little vase which must be beautifully scented.

  3. Thank you for sharing all these signs of spring, Donna – what varied bird life you have!! I love that hyacinth – is it ‘Woodstock’ do you think? Your Belleek vase is perfect for it

  4. A beautiful Hyacinth Donna. Good to hear spring is progressing, even if it is slower than you wish. Soon it will all be lush and green. I hope you are successful ‘training’ the rabbits. Our hares have plenty of clover but still love nibbling on my broom and dianthus! LOL! Happy Spring Donna. Have a good week.

  5. I like the hyacinth vase. Beautiful color. Your bird visitors are so exciting and exotic to me. The only butterfly I’ve photographed this spring was last week at the botanical garden nearby, also Red Admiral. Seems you’re making the most of spring. Have a happy week.

  6. I enjoyed your beautiful photography and truly felt it captured the essence of Spring. I wanted to walk beside you and see all the birds and animals, and your IAVOM bouquet was a perfect way to end the post.

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