Sunday, March 1, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

It's Wednesday! Not only is it hump day, it's time for Outdoor Wednesday, graciously hosted by Susan at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ This is a fun day where we get to share our favorite outdoor spaces and pictures. If you haven't seen Susan's blog yet, you really must. She has the prettiest, most organized blog you will ever see. Make sure you check out the pictures of her roses from last summer, you will be amazed!


I found this lovely hint of spring blooming at mom's house recently. I just love these, they are
so delicate and lovely.


These are just spreading like crazy. Can't wait to see what she has in a few years.
This may not look like much right now, but this is a sure sign of spring to me . . .

These liitle green shoots are on a Rose of Sharon tree that grows next to our house. . .
When we bought this house 20 years ago, we moved in on Thanksgiving weekend. We noticed three "bushes" on the side of the house, but had no idea what they were. I was pregnant at the time, and working in the yard was the last thing on my mind. In May, our darling daughter was born and as we pulled up in the driveway after arriving home from the hospital I noticed something pink on the side of the house. Investigating further, my DH asked me to come out and look. There was the "bush" nearest Cait's window, covered in beautiful pink flowers! I had no idea what it was, but it truly seemed a sign to us. Now, every year when this tree blooms we are reminded of the joy of that day, bringing our precious daughter home for the first time.

Hope you enjoyed this little touch of spring. Now go visit Susan and see what everyone is sharing for today!




35 comments:

Susan said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Kathy! My rose of sharon has no green on it yet...but I keep checking for it!
Thanks for sharing your photos.

Susan

Melissa Wertz said...

Are those Lilly's of the Valley? Looking forward to spring here as well. Happy Outdoor Wed.!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely pics of sping. I'm glad to know its spring somewhere. Cindy

ellen b. said...

Ahh some pretty promise of Spring. Happy OW to you!!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

What a beautiful memory of when you brought your daughter home, and those lovely white delicate flowers are a sure sign of spring.Thank you for sharing.
Blessing,
Sue

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

What a beautiful memory of when you brought your daughter home, and those lovely white delicate flowers are a sure sign of spring.Thank you for sharing.
Blessing,
Sue

Stacey said...

Rose of Sharon is beautiful! How neat to have that happy reminder in your yard.

xinex said...

Hi Kathy! Isn't it exciting to see the first sign of spring? Your mom's flowers are beautiful and what a beautiful memory of your daughter!...Christine

Candy said...

What lovely little white bells ringing in the Springtime. And it is very exciting to see the new green sprouts on everything.
Happy Wed, Candy

kbbryant said...

My snowdrops are blooming too. I enjoyed the glimpses of green shoots. I'm going to look closely at my trees......as soon as the rain stops.

Kathy b

Maryrose said...

What a wonderful post. How nice to reflect on the birth of your daughter when your flowers bloom. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

Really Rainey said...

I thought those looked like Lilly of the Valley... I adore those and they are my birth flower... (May)
*~Rainey

Blondie's Journal said...

Kathy,

This was such a sweet post, bringing home Cait when the bush was blooming...ahhhh, sniff, sniff! What a sweet memory that makes!

The first picture is a lily of the valley, I have them all over, they spread with the wind. Also, your photography is awesome.

Happy OW! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Light and Voices said...

Enjoyed seeing your photographs but the story of the tree flowering when you brought your baby girl home was so touching. Be still my heart! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
Joyce

Domestic Designer said...

What pretty pictures and what a beautiful story. Have a great day!

marty39 said...

Oh Kat, what a great story and I love that you're finally getting some spring blooms starting. It won't be long now. Hugs, Marty

Kristie R said...

neat story about the Rose of Sharon

tardevil said...

Awww...what a sweet story. I'll be glad when our snow melts & we see some signs of spring! All I've seen so far are daffodils. I'm a tad anxious! :O)

Lori said...

Great pictures. You can sure tell spring is coming....

♥ Kathy said...

Oh I like the little flowers! Happy OW!

Chandy said...

The white flowers looks so pretty!
Happy OW!

KATHERINELLEN said...

Kathy,
What a beautiful memories of your daughter story of the beautiful tree. Love the delicate white flowers...Thanks for bringing the photos of Spring....Smiles and Hugs...Kathy

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

What a wonderful story. I know the bush means more to you because of your memories. Blessings.

lvroftiques said...

Oh the Lillies of the Valley are sooo sweet!! I am so ready for spring! They just said on the news here that we might have one more bout of snow!! NOOOOO!!! Enough snow already! Well at least one of us gets to see some spring *winks* I loved the story of your bringing your little darlin' home! How wonderful to have a flowering reminder of that day! Vanna

JudyBug said...

Oh I'm so ready for Spring this year! Love your little white flowers!


JudyBug

Paula Bee said...

Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by happy memories in your garden? Yep, Spring must be just around the corner! Beautiful pictures! Love, Paula

pat said...

Hi Kat, you were right, I do love this post for so many reasons. The flowers are gorgeous and one of my favorites is the Rose Of Sharon. What I really love is the story of the bushes blooming pink when you brought Cait home. I don't think I could or would ever move from that home. It was a sign, definitely, that you all wre meant to live there.
XXXOOO
Pat

Tracy said...

Oh, what a cute story, pink flowers in honor of your new baby girl! I'm so jealous of all the signs of spring, we are still under the white stuff here. Happy Spring!

Beth at Aunties said...

I love your Rose of Sharon story and the sweet memory associated with your daughter. We planted about 6 of them 3 years ago and lost two of them. I enjoy their beautiful blooms and seeing green on yours makes me excited. I examined ours today and there isn't any sign spring is coming yet here.:) But soon!
♥♥♥

howard said...

I love your Rose of Sharon story -- so sweet! When we moved here last year, I had no idea that two large shrubs above the stone wall alongside the road were Rose of Sharon bushes. Thank goodness someone told me.
And Lily of the Valley already? How exciting! No green here yet at all, loved seeing yours and your mom's.
Cass

nikkicrumpet said...

I love those tiny white flowers...and any sign of spring here would be BURIED IN 8" OF SNOW! Drats.

curtissann said...

What a lovely memory for you! I must go find a rose of sharon.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Kathy! I love this post...some sure signs of Spring there! I have two roses of Sharon in pots in my garage for the winter and looked to see if there were leaves...yes, there are!! These were volunteers that came up among some grape hyacinths I dug up from my grandmother's yard. I think of them as gifts from her...one for me and one for my sister...perfect!! Have a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

Kathleen said...

Those look like lily of the valley, but different than the ones we have here, our leaves are differt..
I love rose of sharon...our don't bloom till late June..
Now, we have nothing..just white stuff...:(
Thanks for your visit..

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

What a lovely reminder of the day you brought your daughter home. I have a Rose of Sharon also. My mom's name is Sharon and she gave it to us the first year we were married, 30 years ago. Thanks for sharing your spring photos.

Blessings,
Elizabeth