Signs of Spring

Joining the General Chorus of Celebration At the First Signs of Spring…

spring in Toppenish

And It Is a Chorus, This Spring Celebration. We’ve All Been Waiting a Long Time For Spring.

Moxee Farmhouse, Springtime

spring willows toppenish

Spring is a little…no, a lot more advanced in the Northwest than it is here in Northern Utah. I miss the Northwest for that, for Spring More Forthcoming. When we visited the Yakima Valley a few weeks ago, the splashes of color in small town neighborhoods and orchards were irresistible to me. I love the personality of these little bright houses against the beautiful spring blooms and first green flush of willows.

forced apricot blooms, signs of spring

Apricot Prunings From My Garden

I pruned my fruit trees very, very late this year…the apricot blossoms were just barely starting to peek. I couldn’t just throw them all away (though I did feed some to the goats) with bits of blossom bewitching me with promises, so I tucked a few small branches in water in a vase in my kitchen. Within a couple of days, the branch was a quiet riot of popcorn popping on the apricot branch.

My Garden’s Earliest Harbinger of Spring:

abeliophyllum distichum

white forsythia, pink form

A Pink form of White Forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum: White Forsythia

Which is supposed to be fragrant and pale pink…and perhaps it is, in a very subtle way. Garden writer Tom Hobbes might call these blooms a wounded pink… in the end, they’re beautiful, I love them. I’m so glad I planted this pretty little shrub.

Happy Spring!

springtime in Toppenish

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  • Lovely photos! Isn’t Springtime glorious?! We’re still waiting for Spring weather to arrive here (Iowa), but the first signs of Spring are so exciting after a long, harsh winter! Enjoyed your post! 🙂
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    • Lynaea April 17, 2013, 10:36 am

      Thank you Brenda! I don’t envy your Iowa winters, but I do envy your springs and summers. They must be lush and green…

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 13, 2013, 8:42 am

    I would love to have a garden like the one at the little green house. Magical. We do get spring a little sooner here in Vancouver, but it’s been raining so frequently I fear the flowering trees will lose their blossoms too quickly. Great post…I do have a hankering to check out Thomas Hobbes garden center now, which can be dangerous. 🙂

    Sue xo

    • Lynaea April 17, 2013, 10:32 am

      Thank you Sue! I love gardens like that…it is friendly and abundant. Can you take pics when you visit Thomas Hobbe’s garden center?? I read his book, “Shocking Beauty”, several years ago, and can still remember some of the pictures and some of the words.

  • Tabetha April 12, 2013, 3:10 am

    Ooooh, we had a tree like that in our backyard at the house I grew up in! My sister and I used to play games under it, mostly make believe stories that involved gently shaking the branches to make it “snow” petals. So pretty & so perfectly spring!
    {My Mom grew up in Bellevue WA, and she had family in Spokane– we used to drive up at least once a year to visit & often detoured through the Yakima Valley– such beautiful country! I swear I don’t miss northern California, but I often long for Washington!}
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    • Lynaea April 12, 2013, 5:10 pm

      I love Spokane. My in-laws lived in Bellevue for awhile…but my favoritest parts are in the Columbia Basin. Yakima to Walla Walla…