Just Peeking

Some signs of spring are peeking out! Here in the mountains the forsythia are in full bloom, daffodils have bloomed and are beginning to fade already, trees are starting to show signs of leaves and flowers, bulbs are shooting up their hopeful green leaves, and the grass is greening up.

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves

Dogwood Buds

Dogwood Buds

Forsythia

Forsythia

Iris Shoots

Iris Shoots

Hydrangea Leaves

Hydrangea Leaves

Inside, in my forest of potted plants, my Christmas cactus is blooming magnificently for the first time since I got it, and just in time for Easter. Christmas Cactus And my Peace Lily is blooming, too! Peace LilyOne of my favorite things about spring is the incredible contrast that the new growth brings to the landscape. Green grass poking up through the brown turf left from last year, colorful flowers bursting out, bulb shoots coming up between the dead leaves (we’ll clean the rest of those out eventually). The fresh pale green color of new leaves is so refreshing. And the birds sing all the time! It’s been especially exciting this spring because we’re in a new house – we see more color outside every day. Pardon me while I run outside to take some more pictures.