The sound of the blue jay calling takes me back to my grandmother’s backyard. I can remember hearing them cry out a warning as we would run through her grass paths and hide behind the massive live oaks. These beautiful birds are relatively easy to spot and serve as sever sports team mascots! The blue… Continue reading It Mimics A Hawk And Serves As A Mascot – The Beautiful Blue Jay
The iris was one of my mom’s favorite flowers and to this day, I can’t see one of these blooms without thinking of her. These showy purple, blue, yellow, orange, or white flowers have served as the symbol of the French monarchy and are named after the Greek goddess who rode the rainbows. The bloom… Continue reading The Iris – A Symbol of Royalty and Subject of Ancient Art
The hyacinth tends to be the lesser known beauty of the typical spring blooms, but if you have ever smelled one . . . ahh, the scent of pure loveliness. It’s enough to make you want to dig them all up and replant them right by your door so you can enjoy them every time… Continue reading The Hyacinth – Feast Your Noses on a Mediterranean Native This Spring
Nothing says, “Hello, it’s spring!” like the daffodil! The sunny blooms seem to smile up at you from the ground left barren from the cold winter. These spring flowers typically grow in bunches, like little pockets of sunshine in your garden. The trumpet-shaped bloom of daffodils can be yellow, white, or orange. Each bloom has… Continue reading The Iconic Daffodil – A Dazzling Sign That Spring Is Replacing Winter
When we lived in Virginia, the sight of crocus blooms popping up in our yard meant that spring was close at hand. I think that is the reason why the crocus remains one of my favorite spring bulbs! But did you know that there are over 80 different varieties of crocus? The crocus is part… Continue reading The Charming Crocus – Find it in Siberia and Your Backyard
Ahh, spring is in the air. There’s a warm breeze blowing, birds chirping, and snowdrops dotting the ground! But don’t get lulled into a false sense of the season – old man winter can still rear his frozen head. Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to appear each spring. These blooms typically appear as… Continue reading Snowdrops – when You See These, You Know Spring Is Almost Here!