Thursday, May 9, 2013

At Last

My love has come along...


My lonely days are over...


And life is like a song.*


The long looked-for violets are blooming. Thinner on the ground than usual - I think last year's drought has worked some damage - but sweet and lovely just the same.

(The dandelions, on the other hand, are flourishing like the green bay tree. They would probably survive a nuclear blast and come up smiling.)


What's blooming in your neck of the woods?

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*Song by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, 1941

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51 comments:

  1. My iris are growing like crazy, and the weeds, too. In the interest of love I have decided that the weeds and flowers need to learn to get along...Besides, weeds really are only unnamed flowers....who am I do take away their spot of glory?

    Yeah, Hubby didn't buy it either. I thought it was worth a try though. :)

    Hugs and blessings always dear friend.

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    1. Up with weeds! I mean unnamed flowers! :)

      Thanks Vicki.

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  2. I did battle with the dandelions yesterday before their seeds spread to every corner of my garden, my bleeding hearts and tulips are just coming into flower and look amazing, don't flowers just fill your heart with joy :)

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    1. Yes they do - even dandelions. After a long Wisconsin winter ANY flower looks good to me! :)

      I hope you'll post photos of your bleeding hearts and tulips....

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  3. the dandelions are a plenty here too Mrs. M, my goodness they are simply everywhere! We are also blessed with all the tulips and daffodils and my geraniums are starting to peek out into the world.
    I adore violets too and have been admiring their delicate beauty for a while now on these fair isles x Enjoy watching your flowers grow xox Penny

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    1. Thanks Penny - there are also daffodils which I see when I'm out and about, and on today's ride I saw wild mustard, garlic mustard, Marsh Marigold, and the beginnings of wild plum blossom. :)

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  4. I have to say I love dandelions, we don't get them here in this part of Florida. They look so cheerful.

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. I've noticed a few dandelions, too! No violets yet; yours are gorgeous! (Lovely yarn or fabric color, don't you think???)

    My hyacinths, grape hyacinths, daffodils and tulips are done, just waiting on the irises now. And then hopefully those newly planted seeds that are now an inch or so long seedlings will be filling the gap soon!

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    1. I can't wait to see your embryo plants - by the end of June they will be quite a bit bigger!

      If only we could get yarn OR fabric in just those violet shades and textures....

      :)

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  6. I feel your joy, Sue! Wholeheartedly. Here it's all about profuse lilac, wisteria, and purple irises which all add up to a hell of a lot of purples and mauves :-)

    Stephanie

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    1. I love purple as you know ... it sounds wonderful there.

      Our lilacs are pregnant and ready to deliver in a week or so. :)

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  7. Oh, look at my new header photo if you want to know what is blooming at my house!! xx

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  8. Sue, we have a flourishing crop of dandelions as well, but the Lilac bush is in its glory, and the Geraniums I transplanted from inside to outside are in bloom. Hooray!!!

    Our local grocery stores sometimes sell Dandelion greens, do yours?

    xx,
    Gracie

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    1. I haven't seen dandelion greens there - probably because they are so abundantly available in everyone's yards. :)

      I do love lilacs and geraniums. (Gerania?)

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  9. Lovely poem! I liked the flowers in your pics so much :) Here is now blooming a gulmohar tree - a big tree with bright orange flowers!

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    1. It sounds beautiful - I shall Google it and look for a photo. :)

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  10. Violets! So tender and sweet and a sunny dandelion!

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    1. They are very tender and sweet, and rather rare and precious this year! :)

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  11. No flowers for me this year, but the trees are all green and leafy and that makes me happy.

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    1. It's so refreshing to see the green, isn't it? I hope you find some flowers. :)

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  12. You can even capture the beauty of dandelions. Very pretty! :-)

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    1. Thanks Astri! I actually like dandelions. Probably that helps. :)

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  13. I love your violets! We are still battling the dandelions but they will come back with a vengeance I think... I have lots of petunias, narcisses and forget-me-nots. Love them!

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    1. I love petunias and narcissus - which I never see - and forget-me-nots too. Dandelions are indestructible. :)

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  14. I just love violets... I make a violet jelly with the deep purple ones here.
    I think a field of dandelions are indeed a thing of beauty.
    Have a great weekend.
    Susan x

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    1. Thanks Susan - and violet jelly sounds amazing!

      Our back lawn is very nearly a field of dandelions - the clumps are huge. Good think I like them so much. :)

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  15. Very little wild is blooming here yet. We have had a brutal spring. A few daffodils and tulips in peoples' gardens! Thanks for brightening my day. I miss violets running rampant in Nova Scotia!

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    1. I was so happy when we moved to Wisconsin to find that violets grow here. (We never had them in SoCal.)

      :)

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  16. My violets have been around for a bit... :-))))))))

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    1. I'll bet they have ... you are ahead of us this spring! :)

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  17. Dandelions! We have A LOT of dandelions!! However I've been reducing their number somewhat by boiling some up in the dyepot :)

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    1. I look forward to seeing the yarn ... a pale green, isn't it? Or is it yellow? Ginnie did some last year, I know.

      :)

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  18. The magnolias are blooming!

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    1. There is a magnolia tree around the corner here - it is covered with bloom. So beautiful. :)

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  19. Always so reassuring when things begin to bloom again. When I walk, I overlook all the litter to find beauty. Someone mentioned Kuwait is "pristine" -- ha! That is so not the case. Our temperatures are already up to 100 degrees so I must walk early morning or late afternoon.

    Thanks for your comment yesterday. From everything I've been reading lately, protein from beans is complete especially when paired with a grain. It's only been since the 20th century that meat became a hot commodity and there are still many places in the world where it is rarely consumed. I don't prescribe to the FDA guidelines. Our government allows traces of contaminants in our food supply and then ups the daily requirements of certain foods. It boggles me that certain things banned in Europe are allowed in the States. It's no wonder so many people are sick.

    Have a great day! Tammy

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    1. Yes - beans & rice are a classic combo here. The FDA guidelines may certainly be taken with a pinch of salt (ha ha). ;)

      And yes - the things we allow to be sold here (in the US) boggle the mind. Good luck with your new culinary lifestyle!

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  20. Ahhh...the Wild Violet!
    I've written many a blog about the nodding violet!
    My absolute favorite, especially the deep purple ones.

    I spend hours each Spring digging them up from the middle of the lawn and replanting them in their own beds before the first mow.

    I do so adore them!

    Have a lovely *wild* day!
    Mimi
    The Goat Borrower


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    1. Thanks Mimi - so nice to hear from you! (I thought I was following your blog but will have to check my reading list - sometimes blogs disappear without warning.)

      Replanting is a good idea - many of the ones here grow in the middle of the lawn and it drives me nuts that the landlord's son mows them down.

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  21. I love seeing the wild violet in the hedgerows near us. They are so delicate and pretty!! Soon we will also have the wild orchid....I must try and get some photos this year...the problem is that I am usually driving when I see them!! Ah me

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    1. Wild orchids sound so exotic and lovely - I do hope you can get some photos.

      Violets are my all-time favourite wildflower, along with lilac (which isn't technically wild but we do have a lot of naturalised lilac in Wisconsin). :)

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  22. Your violets are soooooooooooo very pretty and are a real JOY when they are blooming.. Yes, My DH would agree with your.. The Dandelions are definitely flourishing in our yard too... I wish you a wonderful Happy Mothers Day. Hugs Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy - I really don't mind the dandelions as I am not a lawn-worshipper. Anything green and/or colourful on the ground is good enough for me. (Needless to say we are renters and not owners or I might feel differently.) :)

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  23. AWWWW a pretty pretty post.

    What's blooming here? Crab trees and plum trees right now

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Our crab and plum are on the verge of blossoming.... :)

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    1. I'm sure they must be delicious, but I've never had the courage to eat them! (I'd rather leave them growing and enjoy them there.) But Stephanie at Millefeuilles has taken the plunge here:

      http://sbmillefeuilles.blogspot.com/2013/04/violets-elusive-and-enduring.html

      Enjoy your violets, Marigold! (If you have them. Do you?)

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