The entire garden popped into bloom while I was away at my Grandma's.
Coming home to see color everywhere was incredible. The dogwoods and redbud, the tulips and daffodils, the creeping phlox and lilac, the candytuft and ajuga... The everything! Everywhere I looked there were flowers in bloom.
There's a quote I love by Ralph Waldo Emerson—"The earth laughs in flowers."
Perhaps it's more appropriate for summer, but after a longer-than-usual winter, including snows during our spring break, this floral abundance seems so joyful.
I love flowers. Love spring.
The girls and I planted extra bulbs last winter so that we'd have lots and lots of flowers blooming this spring. It's both my favorite season and the season in which we spend the most time in the garden. Spring is when we need and appreciate the flowers the most. The summer beauties just don't get their proper due from us.
Spring may have gotten a late start here, but we're taking full advantage of it now. Having picnics in the backyard, bringing in armfuls of flowers for bouquets, admiring and smelling the flowers (lilacs are my favorite scent-wise and immediately transport me to my childhood on McKay Creek in Eastern Oregon), planting the vegetable garden (a project the girls and their grandmother have undertaken together), and just breathing it all in.
Spring is most definitely here and it's glorious!
The Artful Spring eBook :: Pay-What-You-Can Sale
To help celebrate, I wanted to share my spring crafts eBook with you (there's a chapter on the family garden in addition to chapters on spring crafts and recipes!). I've had a brief pay-what-you-can sale on each of my eBooks and just realized I hadn't done that yet for this one. So between now and Monday, April 22nd, snag a copy (or two) of The Artful Spring: Celebrating the Season & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts for anything you can and want to pay (even free!). And if you already have yours, then feel free to get one for a friend or family member you think might appreciate it.
(Sale over, but the book is still available!)