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The Spring Begins

For winter's rains and ruins are over,

And all the seas of snow and sins;

The days of dividing lover and lover,

The light that loses, the night that wins;

And time remembered is grief forgotten,

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,

And in green underwood and cover

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

Perhaps the best part about spring is renewal, the hope, the joy of birth and new dreams. I was driving to work the other morning, and I was struck by the soft light washing over the landscape. Everything is so fresh! Overnight the trees are brushed with soft tints of new growth. My own garden is painted in pastel watercolors, ephemeral shades that will be replaced with deeper, bolder colors later in the season.

Here are some images taken around the front garden, March 2012:

May every day open to you fresh and filled with new expectations. Happy gardening!  Deborah

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Reader Comments (19)

How lovely to see and to read about. Especially since we are still stuck on brown & gray washed out views up north. All in its own time . . . Happy early Spring!

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

OH SO LOVELY! Why does the price of gas have to be so much NOW!! UG! I'll be writing you Deb.

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEve

Those spring pastels are wonderful aren't they? Lovely views of the new season!

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

"And time remembered is grief forgotten" is a line that is very familiar to me but I didn't know the whole poem, so thanks! The rhyme scheme is very interesting, isn't it? Your photos are lovely. We don't get that beautiful, soft, spring light here, the light is much clearer all year round, I think. I know you don't approve of your holly domes, but they do look good in that first picture (if I'm right and that's them!).

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Happy Spring to you too!

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

That's Spring in a nutshell.

It's all still a bit muddy around here, though!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Idiot

Spring is showing itself in your part of the world very much like it is here Deborah. Your photographs are very beautiful

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

Beautiful views of a lovely spring day, such a wonderful time of year isn't it, full of hope and promise. Your garden looks truly delightful in the soft light, we are experiencing a similar effect over here with lovely warm sunshine once the mist has cleared, down to my T shirt this afternoon, for the first time this year!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

Lovely, lovely. You captured the light beautifully. Spring is such a magical time. I have mostly hot colors in my garden in summer, but I love the pastels that spring brings.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

Those pictures of your garden, the light filtered through the branches and your enthusiasm made me feel the smell of green, and flowers and freshness that Spring brings. That cornus is stunning, I bought a 1mt tall cornus florida yesterday but it's a slow grower, isn't it? It has a few flower buds on too, I'm looking forward for it!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto

Lovely pics and spring is coming in fabulous...ours is just starting and is a full 3 weeks early...

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Love your soft look at Spring.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Deborah - we (cold zone) gardeners live vicariously through you and your photos, especially so early in the grow season. Hoping this week's warm temperatures really coax the 'early risers' out of winter doldrums here! Thanks for bringing us sunshine and spring beauty! :D

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShyrlene

the light in all your images is so evocative of this time of year. Here the days are lenthening and the sunlight is getting brighter and at last there are some blooms. Your garden looks so beautiful in the spring light. ENJOY! Christina

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Beautiful shots! I love how you can see the spring light permeating your garden.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterspurge

Deb, I'm in Maine for the week, and even here, temperatures have gotten up into the sixties and spring is in the air. Today, I noticed trees starting to bud. Your beautiful images provide a promise of what is to come. What a wonderful time of sweet anticipation this is!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Your garden is truly amazing, I really do have garden envy. Here it seems that winter's rains and ruins have just begun, as we've been thrown back a bit with the wet weather. I'm sure the gardens will burst forth once our sun returns though.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Your spring-time joy is infectious!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterb-a-g

Spring has arrived with a bang this year. 80 in early March.... Incredible even by Alabama standards. Thanks for such a beautiful post.

My first rose bloomed this week. 'Mary Rose' - an English rose.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris
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