Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Been Awhile. . .

Wow, it sure has been awhile since I posted here on my blog! Just busy with life, I guess.

We've had some scary weather this past weekend. Tons of rain, storms and a tornado. My city was not in its path but not far from here, in North Minneapolis, there are thousands of trees down and hundreds of homes damaged. It gets a bit frightening when it hits so close to home!

With all the rain and not very warm temps, there is still not much blooming here yet. I haven't been able to plant any flowers or veggies yet either and am getting very anxious to do that! I did head outside the other day to take some pictures of my yard to share with you. Again, not much yet but I do ADORE my Crab Apple tree. . .gets prettier every year! Check it:




I love the way it looks against the beautiful blue sky!




For this shot, I just stuck my face right in there. . .smells heavenly!




I love the way the buds are pink before blooming into white!



I also get very excited every year for my Peonies to bloom! Look how tall they are already! As you can see, I haven't planted anything below it yet. Oh, look! I just noticed you can see me in the window reflection. . .hee, hee. :)




Here is my light pink one. . .ready to burst open. . .can't wait!




This one is a darker pink and smells amazing!




One more thing before I go. Here in Minnesota, the winters can be so long, so cold and so full of snow that when spring comes, with its warmer temps and sunny skies, I tend to really appreciate the little things. One of my favorite, little things is watching everything get green again and the way that green looks in contrast to the bright blue of the sky! Love these colors!


Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start! :)

29 comments:

CinnamonSally said...

Firstly Barb I love your new blog header, I want to be sitting in those chairs. I also love all your flower photographs, keep them coming I love to see peoples gardens!

Cathy A said...

Your garden looks so full of promise for the weeks ahead, I too love how green everything is in spring and that blue sky is just so inviting. Hope you had a great weekend hugs.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hello sweet Barb! I also love your new blog header!!!! Very dreamy.. for another 'stuck in winter' person!

I am so very sorry to hear about the tornado that hit your state.. Frightening...

My sister lives in Missouri.. and I FREAKED when I heard about the tornado that killed so many in Joplin (she is safe near St. Louis)... oh gosh.. breaks my heart for all these towns and people that are experiencing such loss!

And.. I also love Peonies! Mine are still in the 'red growth' stage! Trust me.. it is still winter! Right now???? 44 degrees... rainy... yuck...

OH! Gorgeous flowering crap apples!!

Take care!

Nancy said...

Loving the new blog header, I want to be there! Thanks for the look at your garden. I saved a copy of your crab apple tree for future inspiration, it's so gorgeous and the color so crisp, love it! Enjoy it now that Spring has finally sprung in Minnesota. Stay safe too, tornadoes really freak me out; I experienced one as a child in Texas. My thoughts are for all who have been affected by this latest round of twisters.
bless you, sweet Barb!

Jacqueline said...

Your crab tree is beautiful. I cannot remember ever seeing one in real life. I love peonies too but didn't know they smelled nice! I'm learning every day! Lovely share on your blog today Barb!
Hugs!

Tiffany said...

Such gorgeous photos, Barb! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. I so hope you will get a beautiful Spring soon and all that snow will be far behind you! Hang in there!

Rosemary said...

what gorgeous photos you have shared, barb!! your crabapple tree is just gorgeous. my peonies are about to bloom, too and i can't wait!! when i heard about the storms in minneapolis i thought about you! glad you are okay.

Lin said...

A wonderful spring post, Barb! Thanks so much for sharing!

Donna B. said...

Lovely pictures Barb. Everything has bloomed and moved on here in SC - today it was 96 degrees!! Glad you missed the bad weather.

Diana said...

Lovely images Barb. Love the new banner too.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Beautiful photos Barb! I'm like you, I appreciate everything in the spring! The green trees/grass, the blue sky, all the pretty flowers...all of God's beauty at it's best! :)

Suzanne C said...

Glad you are safe. Lovely pictures of your springtime!

Sue said...

I wondered about you when I heard of the Tornadoes Barb, I hope our friends in Missouri are okay. I know how you feel it is very scary.
The photos just make you glad to be alive.
Thanks for sharing and taking the time to post them up.
Smiles:)

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, Barb! I can almost smell the "Lilies of the Valley." I am still quite busy, myself, with family affairs, but I love to see you are doing well too! Hugs, Nancy.

Dawn said...

thanks for sharing you garden Barb. Your peonies are going to look stunning in a little while. I was concerned that you were in the tornado area, so pleased you are ok.

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

Deirdre said...

Peonies, peonies... ADORE them. Beautiful photos. Stay safe.

Maureen Morton said...

Great pictures, Barb! Looks like you spread sunshine everywhere you go! Love that tree - bet it smells glorious. You are something else - thanks for sharing.

AnitaRex said...

Hi Barb love all your photos! It's just starting to get green here too so I understand! :>

ivy said...

your peonies are going to be beautiful!! please take pics when the buds open!

paula said...

Hi Barb, I loved looking at your garden. It looks nice & warm where you are. It's cooling down a lot here in the mornings & nights. The days are still lovely (but not for much longer). Your ATCs from the last post are just beautiful. I am also glad that you aren't affected by the Tornados that we've been seeing on our news. Take care xoxoxoxoxo

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb, the photos of your apple tree are gorgeous. Glad that you and your family are safe from those tornados that went through your area a few days ago. Take care and God bless. Hugs to you.

Evelyn S. said...

Your peonies are ahead of mine here in the mountains of NE Oregon! I agree with you about crab apple trees...they are so delightful this time of year. Actually, they're very pretty when loaded with fruit, too.

donna mikasa said...

Hi Barb! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos! Love the apple blossoms and I can't wait to see your peonies in bloom. Such a treat for the eyes!

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Karen said...

Barb, I Love your Crab Apple Tree!! Can't wait to see more pictures as things start to bloom. I wish I could garden. I have a hard time growing poppies, LOL! Glad to hear your safe from the crazy weather out your way!

Jill said...

Oh, I love seeing all of these photos of your tree and garden. We had 2 crab apple trees in our front yard growing up and your post has brought back happy memories from home. HUGS!

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos Barb! Oh I love the warmer weather, it warms my heart. Although I don't mind the cold, I cannot stand greyness!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Oh my goodness! These pics are just out of this world. Your photography skills are amazing and I dont' think that you need take any classes, your already a pro. The pics here are just stunning to say the least. I pray that you are all okay and that the bad weather is now over. So many folks have been affected by it all. So happy that your safe. Take care sweetie. Hugs.