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No Skeletons at This Party

Come hither.

The skeletal remains of winter call out in vain. There are a few bare branches, an occasional shrub or tree that hasn't leafed out yet, but no one pays them attention. The party is on! I am almost embarrassed by the revelry that is going on in front of my house. The colors of passion and festival are celebrating the end of gloom and cold, and the wild kingdom is engaged in an orgy. Nothing serene or quiet out there. Everyone is rejoicing. Life is blooming, and lets tell the world!

Here are some photos of the front garden:

The Columbines are blooming! I love everything about this flower. Hands down, it is my favorite!

The azaleas are not in full bloom, but some are putting on a show. Others are just budding out.

Dogwoods, Japanese maples and other trees stretch above the colorful shrubs below. The yellow color of the oak trees reminds me of fall foliage, but it is actually due to pollen. Everything is covered in yellow!

Here are more flowers blooming in the garden:

It won't last, I know. Too soon we'll be hunkering in the shade as everyone seeks out the best retreat from the heat. The flowers, except for the hussies of summer, will fade, and people will live on cool drinks and air conditioning. But for now, lets go outside and party!

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Reader Comments (23)

Dear Deborah, Never mind a party, this is indeed an orgy going on in your garden. There is so much to amaze that one is almost lost for words. It really is incredible that so much is happening simultaneously but perhaps Nature is, as indeed we all are, just so happy to see the end of what has seemed a very long Winter.

You must be incredibly thrilled with it all and are seeing a great reward for so many years' hard work. As the temperatures rise and summer comes along, you will really appreciate your woodland shade. How fortunate you are to have it all. Enjoy!!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdith Hope

What lovely colours - definately ahead of us here in the Midlands, UK.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Deborah, your garden is truly stunning, and I especially love your columbines!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Wow, Deb. Your garden look gorgeous. Yes, I know what you mean--by July I won't want to venture into my steamy garden.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Deb, your spring gardens are to breathtaking for words. I can see why the columbine is your favorite. How can a flower bring so much happiness. Yes, as the heat rises we bold for the cool, funny how us humans can never be happy. We always seem to complain that it is too cold or too hot. I suppose it is our human nature. Thank you for sharing your wonderful garden.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherylR

I was just thinking today how I wasn't appreciating the fact that I have my doors opened and the weather outside is absolutely perfect, and I should be spending 23 out of 24 hours outside because it will soon be hard to spend a half an hour out doors without sticking to the nearest object. I never seem to be able to appreciate spring until its either summer or winter! :)

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I love those colors in you garden. Pink, purple, red, yellow.... it is a beautiful place to enjoy this time of year. These days we are having more of a October weather, than April. It feels like spring never came.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrtlaricaana

What a show! You are so far ahead of my gardens, I am always envious, but then you point out that you'll be hunkered down when your southern heat comes, and I feel better about things up here. Meanwhile I'm getting my spring fix early in your photos. Beautiful!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

I would love to see that view of your front garden in person. It must cheer up anyone that passes by. Dogwoods and Columbines are just starting to bloom here. Columbines are one of my favorites too.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I love your photos, and I dislike bare branches, but your first photo is eerily awesome! Wonderful post!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberly

wow, your garden is fabulous-- all that color is intoxicating!!!
Your first photo is so spooky-- great shot!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Hello Deborah,

You weren't kidding about your garden being a riot of color. Your plants are all having a party now that spring is here! I just love all of the pinks in your garden, especially the Columbine :-)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle (azplantlady)


wow, what a show, i love the depth and layers of things that are coming into being, greens and various shades of new growth and colors....your garden looks lovely!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternoel

What a wonderful show of spring colour. Question: what is the bloom on the bottom left of the collage of colour? Is it a witch hazel?

Your garden does look like a party! I love your columbines and azaleas. Gorgeous. I love all of the layers of various greens with the beautiful colors.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Bay

Your garden is stunning! So much color. I'm a firm believer that you can never have too much color. It must be a lot of work. I'm having a hard time keeping up with a 50 x 100 foot lot. I can't imagine 3 and a half acres. But it's gorgeous.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen at Summerhouse

There's some colour going on there! I did notice a weed with a yellow flower in my garden the other day - at least I think it's a weed!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Idiot Gardener

You are a month ahead of us! No sign of columbine stems yet, just hopeful rosettes in new and old places. They are very promiscuous so I am hoping for some interesting crosses when they do come up. The azaleas are not out yet either, I am going to plant a mix of 27 deciduous scented varieties for a client on Monday - can't wait for the scent! Your bottom right dogwood flower is stunning - thank you for sharing it.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarian

Deborah, I cannot believe how much everything has progressed. My own garden is looking very brown and tan in comparision.

Great post... love the columbine!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDirty Girl Gardening

Nonetheless, they are stunning flowers while they last! Exciting and intoxicating pictures of the columbines! I love them, too!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

So this is what spring is all about. Very very beautiful!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Belle

You're right Deb, spring is an absolute party, a riot of blooming things trying to seduce us! And I love every minute of it. Looks gorgeous in your corner of the world.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

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