April 2016 in White Pines
I took a walk yesterday around the neighborhood with my camera in hand. Though our Spring is just about always variable (one day bright, warm and sunny then raining cold even snowy the next) we do get our share of gorgeous blooms in April. I am glad I did this yesterday, this morning I am looking out my window and there are big, sloppy snowflakes falling. But that is fine, we need the precipitation. The Godzilla El Nino turned out to be more like Pee Wee Herman and we are still in a drought. This is an old neighborhood, established in 1938 by logging families and many of these plants were actually planted back in the 40’s. This one above, I am thinking it is Flowering Quince, is in many yards and brightens up a dull day with its gorgeous red flowers.
I love how these windflowers have naturalized along this fence. They are blooming at the foot of a gorgeous Lilac, see this post on the Lilacs of White Pines…they are not blooming right now but very soon they will be filling the air with their sweet perfume.
Muscari have naturalized all around this one home. It is a vacation home right now but the folks that bought it recently are planning on retiring here. The do keep the place well maintained. This is the front lawn. It is a small patch of lawn and I am thankful they have let the Muscari just do its thing. When it is time to mow they are all done blooming and you never know they were even there.
Some have even migrated outside the front fence, tough little rascals, they get no water here and come up in the rocks.
They have also naturalized in the back orchard along with Daffodils.
The daffodils are at their peak in White Pines, mine are a little mud spattered from the rain but lovely none the less. Don’t ya love the red of the outbuilding.
And the old blue garden cart…
White Pines is filled with fruit trees, it is why we get so many bears come Fall. Right now the Apples and Pears are just loaded with blossoms. This one is a delicious Pear.
They are so pretty, I am going to have to paint them.
The apples are just as enchanting…
This is a very tasty variety too..
Sadly I don’t know what this yellow plant is called but it is a spark of yellow in many gardens around the neighborhood.
And this Bridal Wreath Spirea is just filled with white, I think the name is so apropos.
Though I have to say this apple tree is giving it a run for the money.
There are some plum trees blooming too with bright pink flowers but I failed to get any shots of those. This post is already so loaded with photos I probably have overwhelmed most that dropped by for a visit.
I have visited this garden many times and have failed to notice this sweet little rock garden filled with Hens and Chicks. I love it and plant on doing something similar against my front block wall.
I went as far as the lake to see how it is faring. Last Fall it was so empty you could walk across it on dry ground, thankfully it has filled with the rains and snows we did get this winter.
Have a fabulous Spring Day…next week it is supposed to get into the upper 70’s so you know where you will find me….yep, in the Garden!