Friendship Garden

The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land… Arise, come my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.
–Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Lookie here: I’ve made a springtime tussy-mussy just for you! A few blooms are from my own garden; the rest, I collected on a stroll around Balboa Island after a romantic sunset dinner in Newport Beach. Their natural beauty outshines my amateurish photography, thank goodness. And what better harbinger of spring than a hummingbird feasting on lavender nectar? 

I invite you to post some pictures of springtime in your area. But if Old Man Winter’s still got his icy grip on your garden, well then, we’ll create our own warmth and sunshine! I say we call this an official day of rest from the cares of the world. Come with me, come outside to play!


  1. Thanks! Good to see a hummingbird on your LJ!

    Spring is definitely on its way here. Yesterday it was about 45F, today’s high is 50F. We took Echo for a long walk (instead of the hurried versions he’s been getting) in the sunshine yesterday. The sidewalks were full of people. It’s as if the world is waking up.

  2. Oh, Melodye, thanks for the breath of sweet spring air. That hummingbird on lavender is lovely. I’ve got — a few blossoms of forshthia I’m forcing inside. But with your gentle words, I’ll take my camera outside and see if I can’t find .. something.. making its way along the edges of snow.

    And hey, my neighbor’s goat just had babies!

    • When I lived in colder climates, I used to force forsythia and cherry blossoms. They look so lovely and graceful, don’t they? I’d love to see any new treasures you find!

      Your neighbor has a goat? You must live in a rural area. I’d love to see those goatlings! (Hmmm…Is that what they’re called? Oh yeah, KIDS. They’re kids, right?)

  3. What gorgeous color! Thank you! Only things blooming here are crocuses, which I already posted last week. Love the hummingbird. Ours won’t be back for a couple of months yet. Soon 🙂

    • Oooh, I’ll have to go take another peek! When I lived in a climate that wasn’t suited to (early) outdoor gardening, I used to get kind of depressed. That’s when I learned to enjoy wandering through gardening centers, dreaming about sunshine and spring flowers.

  4. *happy sigh*

    Spring is juuuuust starting to peek around the corner in Boston, but we don’t have anything nearly that lovely poking up through the ground yet. Soon, soon! 🙂

  5. This was a gray day here, but crocuses, snowdrops and aconite are all blooming. Witch hazel too. They’re all more delicate than the lush blooms you’ve posted here, so your blog was a refreshing sight!

    • I love delicate flowers like crocus and snowdrops. What’s more exciting than seeing those tiny buds push their way through winter-chilled ground to announce spring’s arrival?

      Aconite and witch hazel? I’m not familiar with them. If you have phots, I’d love to see them. If not, I’m sure I can find them on the Teh Interwebs. 🙂

    • I can’t be sure if we have or don’t have hatchlings, but the mama bird didn’t return to that nest. (The guy at Wild Birds Unlimited said that would be extremely unlikely.) But still! There are a lot of hummers buzzing around the yard, so I feel pretty confident that there’s a nest in at least one of the trees surrounding our property. I like to think that’s true, anyway. 🙂

      Love that picture of adorable little Owen! xo

  6. Came here by way of Jeannine’s blog and am so glad I did. What gorgeous blooms! It makes me happy just to see them.

    We have crocuses here in Boston as of this weekend, but our poppies and hummingbirds are a lo-o-o-ng way off.

    • Hello, new friend! I read your most recent blog entry..What a lovely spring day you had! Thanks for the delicious slice of life. 🙂

      P.S. An AP news item said that quite a few people are getting (re)acquainted with vegetable gardening–mostly because of the economy. Do you buy your seedlings/seeds this early in the year? Because they said that some outlets had already run ou.

      • So glad you enjoyed hearing about our spring day. I certainly enjoyed hearing about yours!

        We mostly plant seedlings since our growing season is short, and we can’t buy and plant those for a while yet. But it sounds like I’ll need to get a move-on with my seed purchases — thank you for the heads-up!

  7. Thank you for the sunshine and Spring beauty, Miss Melodye. Old Man Winter still has his paws in a lot of my pies. Bleh. I could definitely use a break from the cares of the world. 🙂

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