Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finally - Spring!

Finally - Spring has arrived! I am joyful, and looking forward to more blooms in the gardens.

There are just a few blooms right now, but many more to come. There are hundreds of daffodils coming up, although none are blooming yet. And then there are the tulips - probably 150-200 of them to look forward to.

For now, I'm enjoying early blooms.

 Puschkinia scilloides (Striped Squill)


 Siberian Squill


 Chinodoxa forbesii (Glory of the snow)


 Snowdrop


 Hellebore



Spring - Yea! Enjoying warmer weather, getting out in the garden, and seeing flowers again.

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the love of tulips

Tulips are my favorite spring time flower. Last fall I planted around 100 bulbs - all are red, white, or red and white. They should be lovely - can't wait to see them! In the meantime, I have daffodils poking through the soil but no blooms. I've begun spring garden clean up - but there's nothing pretty to show!

However, in past years I've photographed many beautiful tulips and would like to share a few today...soon, I'll share those in my garden as well as Pella's Tulip Time beauties.

 Brinkhoff Park, Pella

 Fringed tulips in Pella



 A pleasing color combination in tulips enmasse

 These tulips look like peonies.

 I love the color and form of these beautiful tulips.

 Even the cookies are tulip-shaped in Pella!

 Spring color abounds - the tall plant is Frittalaria Imperialis (Crown Imperial)





TULIPS - There's nothing else like them! Beautiful!

Linking to Fertilizer Friday

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tulips on Notecards

Today I'm linking to Vee's Notecard Party.

My theme is "Tulips."

 Tulip Tea Room, Pella, Iowa


 Historical Village, Pella, Iowa, at Tulip Time


 Hostas and tulips in the Historical Village in Pella


Snow in May (my garden)


Notecard box cover


Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Wedding!

It was a chilly March day in northern Iowa, the day my son Aaron married Kendra. Come along with me as I share a few pictures I took that day.


 The wedding took place in this re-purposed barn (no cattle or grain storage here!)


The bride and groom








 Practicing before the ceremony


 Sisters




Happy to see our son has found the love of his life and that they will be sharing their lives together! God is good!


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