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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday Inspiration - Spring

At last our lovely spring has arrived.  It is sometimes slow in arriving - but when Spring comes to NW Washington - it comes and stays a long time - daffodils and tulips bloom  for over a month - then come the flowering trees - then lilac and dogwood - the list goes on and on - and the flowers last in our cool climate - spring is a fabulous time.


The dogwood is blooming - in the woods and in yards

Creamy white flowers








In the woods - Elderberry forest are in full bloom



Their delicate flowers smell sweet - and make the best fritters you've ever tasted 




We spotted this entrance to a private campground 


Scampering across it was this squirrel - about to  "spring" into the woods.


Salmon berries
And Wild Plum


And what would spring be without Horsetail Ferns - one of the oldest plants on the planet
They start out brown - and a bit prehistoric looking, don't you think?


And then the green comes out - the horsetail
They will soon cover this entire hillside - lovely green sprays that resemble fountains in the spring.



Floral Love  




19 comments:

Karen Frost said...

I just love the dogwood blossoms! They are my favorite! Gorgeous photos of the lovely spring flowers and the horsetail. So glad that spring is here! xx

Debra @ Homespun said...

I enjoyed your woods! And I supposed you'll be doing a post on those fritters soon ? Hey...go back and pick some if you didn't, then! :)

Barbara said...

So green and beautiful! I've never seen horsetail - very unusual!

A Garden of Threads said...

Love, love the dogwood blooms. My garden is too cold to grow them:(

Crispy said...

I got behind in reading blogs and have to start supper but loved reading your last 5 posts. One of my favorites was the old motel signs. I remember staying in those old places. No wifi, no cell phones, no tablets.....just spending lots of quality time with the family.

Crispy

Lorrie said...

Great photos of spring in the woods. This is such a lovely time of year here. Those creamy dogwoods are my favorites. The horsetails, pretty as they may be, can stay in the woods and not venture into my yard!

Jeanne said...

I don't think any of those plants grow here, and I wish they did. This is a very nice collection of spring blooms. Nice.

Lavender Cottage said...

The horse tail ferns are an interesting plant, I've seen them growing here too.
Beautiful blossoms, another week or so and we'll be in the same phase.

edenhills said...

Beautiful! I'm certainly ready for spring to come and visit here for a while. I am so glad you shared the horsetail fern. I've seen those, but I didn't know what they were.

Norma Ruttan said...

what a marvelous assortment of beautiful blooms you captured!

Pamela Gordon said...

What wonderful photos of spring in the woods. The horsetail ferns are a new one to me and very interesting looking. The dogwood blooms are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing these spring photos. Pamela at playingwithmycamera

greenthumb said...

So many lovely flowers and trees, what a pretty place.

Julie Fukuda said...

After checking with my daughter, we think your plum is Prunus emarginata, or common names, "Bitter Cherry", Quinine Cherry" or "Wild Cherry". Thanks for all the great pictures.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved seeing spring up your way, Jo. It's lovely. We are having rain, rain, rain. It looks a bit like Ireland outside it's so green so the grass is loving it. Us? Not so much. It pounds on the copper roof of the little porch and makes racket going down the gutters. That's how much rain we are having!

BTW, I posted today, and I'm having blogger issues which forced me to post again. If you get two posts from me on your reader, you'll understand why. It's just nuts. I hope this will clear up because it's hard to explain why I'm doing that.

XO,

Sheila

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful series. I love the dogwood blossoms.

Kay said...

I especially love those dogwood blossoms. And I wonder if we have elderberry around here. I don't think I've seen those blossoms, nor the beginning of the horsetails. I've learned something new today!

Pat Cantwell said...

JoAnn,
Gorgeous photos of unique subject matter, dear one!
Loved the squirrel about to "spring" into action!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Mona's Picturesque said...

Gorgeous set of pictures! Wild plum is my favorite. So beautiful. Gotta love it :) Thank you for joining Floral Love!

deborah said...

Looks like you had a very lovely day capturing some beautiful images! The horsetail ferns are very interesting, too!! Wonderful group of photos here! Wonder what other treasures you'd find in that private campground! :) First visit from 'Floral Love' .... enjoy your weekend!