April Blooms

This spring I am appreciating my spring beauties more than ever!  In March, about the same time stores were closing and social distancing was beginning to look like the new normal, I drove to our favorite flower shop to search for pansies. I needed spring flowers – lots of them! Primrose was closed, but the owner was loading up her van to make deliveries.

“Hey, Sue!” I called out. “Can I buy some flats of pansies?”  There were at least fourteen flats lining the macadam in front of the store and in every color imaginable – shades of deep purple, lavender, crimson, yellow, white, blue, and pink. One flat of pansies sported a yellow and purple combo – just beautiful!

Needless to say I bought seven flats, giving two to my sister Diane and one flat to my DSC_9459 (1024x683)neighbor Kate. I went back for four more flats the next day.  Sue took a picture of my trunk loaded with flats of pansies. Ralph and I planted them in pots and the big wrought-iron kettle that looks like a witch’s cauldron. It came from my grandparent’s home in Coopersburg and has to be about 90 years old.  I plant it every year – first, with pansies, and again in August with all kinds of flowers that love sun and summer. It was originally on the front lawn and made an easy landmark for visitors to find us. Then, our landscaper asked if he could get rid of it – that it “dated” us. “Well!” I exclaimed. “You can move it to the backyard, but I’ll never part with it!”  And that is where it is and will always be.

The old crabapple trees, almost fifty years old (their life span runs 30 to 70 years) are in bloom and in the front of our house, our flowering cherry, a young tree, has started to show off her pink beauties. I am thankful that Sunday’s strong winds and heavy rain did not cause all of them to lose their flowers. The scrub cherries, too, and the lilac bush will be in flower by end April, for sure. The daffies are starting to say goodbye, and I will miss their cheery personalities. The forsythia bushes, too, are almost completely green, and the hyacinths have had their best days.

May will bring the hastas and the day lilies as well as all the hydrangeas. Lily of the Valley are sprouting and will show off their tiny white “bells.” One of the most fragrant flowers of spring, they probably have been around since 1000 B.C.  They seem to thrive in sun or partial shade and spread quite easily. Whatever you do, don’t eat them!  All parts of this plant are poisonous!

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12 thoughts on “April Blooms

  1. My springs are usually way too busy to worry much over the yard, but not this year. One of the greatest joys has been flowers this spring, noticing them on walks, picking them for vases, and buying them to plant. Our little neighborhood Walmart had some left over Easter flowers that I bought yesterday. I love this little walk through your yard. My neighbor has a huge sugar kettle in her from yard that she plants much like your old kettle. Do you know where it came from? I’m glad you kept it.

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    • My grandparents acquired the pot somewhere in their travels in the Lehigh Valley and my grandfather made a tripod to hang it from. I think it belonged to a farmer. We painted the pot white. It has no holes drilled in the bottom, so we plant it full to keep the water to a minimum.

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  2. So beautiful! The photos and the writing. I know that pot! I hope to see them all in person some day. The description of you buying those flats of pansies and dispersing them to your sister and friend, Kate, is so “you.” Thank you for uplifting my spirits.

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    • Thanks, Diane. The ground is pretty soggy here. It is going to rain through the night, too. You should see how high the grass is – could not be mowed today and now, I doubt it will be mowed tomorrow. But the flowers are holding up through all of this!

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  3. Beautiful pictures, Lynne. I showed them to Kathy. Pansies are her favorite flowers. We usually get some but since we are sheltering at home we haven’t gotten out. Our forsythia is at its peak right now. Lilacs are beginning to open. I also wrote about flowers today, although it is a different kind.

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  4. Beautiful words and uplifting post. We are all in need of the cheery faced pansies!
    And thank you for the info about lily of the valleys – they are my favorite, as they remind me of my grandmother.

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