Monday, May 6, 2013

More Springtime in the Yard

It is very likely that I have shown similar pictures of the same beauties in the past.   The wonders of the new life in the Spring never cease to amaze me.  I am in awe.  So, once again, walk around the yard with me.

 The holly beside the front door blooms prolifically.  I wonder how many red berries there will be in the fall.

 The redbud on the west edge of the flower garden backdropped by the austrees along the property line.

 The lilac on the south side of the barn.  Fifth year from a stick in the ground.

Nemesis or another of nature's wonders?  It is both.  A weed, by definition, is an unwanted plant.  I don't mind this lovely in the wild flower garden, but it sows its seeds into the lawn where I consider it a weed.  What to do?


Shelly said...

Still, there's nothing like applying a little puff of breath to that weed and watching all those little seeds take off and sail.

Lovely spring in your part of the world~

vanilla said...

Shelly, and the neighbors so love my dandelions, too. Puff!

Sharkbytes said...

Eat the dandelions! Nice tour. I haven't seen holly in bloom.

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Lin said...

Oooh, I LOVE the redbuds this time of year! Mine is late blooming this year--I think it was tired from the long summer last year.

Yep, the holly is blooming too, but we have two males, so no berries. :(

You can keep the dandelions. I don't like them in my yard.

vanilla said...

Shark, they are good eating this time of year. I had a mother-in-law who made dandelion wine; but then I am a teetotaler so I never judged it.

Grace, it fascinates me that the "stick in the ground" works for certain trees. My crabapple was started that way.

Lin, the redbuds are so pretty! I don't care for dandelions in the lawn, either; but they have somewhat gotten ahead of me this year.

Secondary Roads said...

Early in the spring the dandelion leaves are edible. Later they'll develop a strong taste. Or boil them and eat with a bit of vinegar. The yellow blossom buds are tasty when dipped in batter and pan fried. The whole neighborhood couldn't eat all of the dandies we have growing on our place. So I just call them "wild flowers." ;)

vanilla said...

Chuck, the greens are quite acceptable (with vinegar). I've not tried the buds, though BBBH says she has eaten the blossoms. Our lawn looks like a "wild flower" garden this year.