A Dash of Color

I have been a gardening maniac for the last few weeks.  With the late spring, it feels like things are moving along quickly and there is SO much work to do just to get the gardens set for the season.  When I need a break from the physical labor of gardening I will sometimes grab my camera and stroll around the grounds to take some photos.

My bleeding hearts are in full bloom behind the house. Such magnificent flowers!bleedingheart

Volunteer Violets are blooming in the garden too. My Grandma called them “Johnny Jump-ups” and they will always remind me of her.  As a small girl, when I would go to visit she would always send me home with a bouquet of these flowers for my mom.  They were prolific at her house, almost like weeds.  She would wet a paper towel, wrap them gently around the stems, and finish it off with tinfoil to hold in the moisture.  I was always so proud to bring these little gems home to my mom, who would put them in a very small crystal vase and place them in the windowsill.  It is these memories that make my heart happy each spring when these lovely flowers appear in my garden.


And then there are the tulips.  One can never have enough tulips.  I do not have enough tulips.


I need to remember that this fall.  I really do need to plant more tulips.  They are such a beautiful way to welcome spring.


I planted these a few years ago when I put in my new Magnolia tree.  I don’t even know the variety, but I really do love them.  The bright color stands out boldly from all the green spring foliage and makes a real statement.DSC_0330

These purple tulips are pretty too, but their color is more muted and seems to get lost a little in the sea of spring green.  I’m not complaining though.  They are beautiful too.purpletulipsI have a lot more pictures of spring blossoms and flowers to share.  Things are really blooming around here!

Hope you are enjoying spring blooms in your part of the world!



Filed under Flower, Gardens, Photography

4 responses to “A Dash of Color

  1. Joan Soles

    Love those pink tulips. You did a great job shooting them! We have Johnny Jump-ups, too, and love them.

  2. I wonder what happened to those tiny vases? I dedinitely need some Johnny Jump ups at my house!

  3. Oh my goodness! Your story about the “Johnny Jump Ups” brought a tear to my eye! My grandmother used to do the exact same thing with the paper towel and tin foil. She’s gone now, but my parents have many flowers at their house and my daughter comes home with a bouquet every time she goes over there. She hasn’t brought home any of the violets yet, but they grow in my parents’ back yard like weeds too. Maybe we’ll have to bring some of them home next time just for the memories.


    • Isn’t is amazing how flowers can evoke such vivid memories? At least that’s the way it is for me. My grandma is gone now too, so these flowers (as well as others) are even more special to me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s