Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring -- Here At Last!


 "Spring Morning"

Where am I going?  I don't quite know.
Down to the stream where the king-cups grow--
Up on the hill where the pine-trees blow--
Anywhere, anywhere.  I don't know.

Where am I going?  The clouds sail by,
Little ones, baby ones, over the sky.
 Where am I going?  The shadows pass,
Little ones, baby ones, over the grass.

If you were a cloud, and sailed up there
You'd sail on water as blue as air,
And you'd see me here in the fields and say:
"Doesn't the sky look green today?"

Where am I going?  The high rooks call:
"It's awful fun to be born at all."
Where am I going?  The ring-doves coo:
"We do have beautiful things to do."

If you were a bird, and lived on high,
You'd lean on the wind when the wind came by,
You'd say to the wind when it took you away:
"That's where I wanted to go today!"

Where am I going?  I don't quite know,
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the wood where the blue-bells grow--
Anywhere, anywhere, I don't know.
~A. A. Milne, "When We Were Very Young"

 "The first day of Spring is one thing, the first Spring day another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." ~Henry Van Dyke 

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." ~Proverb

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~William Shakespeare

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.  You know how it is with an April day." ~Robert Frost

"Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers." ~Byron Caldwell Smith

Tulip Tree, Saucer Magnolia

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." ~Claude Monet

"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks." ~Tennessee Williams

Common Meadow Violet, Wood Violet

Lunaria, Money Plant, Silver Dollar Plant

"Flowers are the sweetest thing God ever made and forgot to put a soul into." ~Henry Beecher

"The sun has come out... and the air is vivid with spring light." ~Byron Caldwell Smith


"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!  I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one." ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Eastern Redbud Tree

Dogwood Tree

"Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you." ~ Edward Payson Rod

This picture was a lucky capture for me -- a perfect Camellia blossom, half in shadow and half in sunlight.

 The pictures of the Tulip Magnolia were taken by Mr. Forest Manor back in March; he's quite good with a camera, he is.  :)  The rest of the pictures were taken by me today.

The beautiful Camellias belong to my next door neighbor.  The Dogwood tree is ours.  Both are at the borders of our respective properties.  After I photographed the Dogwood, I noticed how gorgeous the neighbors' Camellia blossoms were, and I was sure they wouldn't mind if I snapped a few pics.  They're really nice neighbors.

Lastly, the poem at the beginning of this post was written by A.A. Milne, author of the beloved Winnie the Pooh books.  I used to love reading this poem to our son when he was little.  :)

Thank you for visiting me; I'm glad you stopped by!  I'll be joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays, Cindy for Amaze Me Monday, and Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.



  1. Gorgeous blooms and blue sky! AMAZE ME MONDAY will be up tomorrow afternoon for sharing...

  2. Hi Denise,
    I've just hobbled in from the garden. My back and leg muscles are telling me it's time for a break, but it's so hard to stay in on a beautiful spring day like we are having here today.
    Your beautiful photos and accompanying quotes and poems illustrate the beauty of spring so well. You and Mr. Forest Manor have taken lovely photos. I enjoyed them immensely. Your camellias are gorgeous. Mine are the type that bloom in the fall. I like the flowers on yours better.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. So delicious a post with the flowers, quotes and poetry.

  4. Love your photos!

    Super to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  6. Thanks for sharing the beautiful, favorite poem of yours that you used to read to your son, Denise. The photos that you and your hubby took are outstanding and all interspersed with perfect quotes. I can tell that you're enjoying this time of the year! Happy Spring. XO

  7. I love the Milne poem and it's perfect with your gorgeous photos (hubby does good, too). I love tulip trees and camellias. Spring has definitely Sprung at your home.

  8. Your garden is looking wonderful, Denise, and I love the violets. We have so many in our yard and I always hate it when they have to be cut down. Some people think they're weeds, but I love them. Sometimes I pick them and put them in a little egg cup. That's the smallest "vase" I have. Have a great week.

  9. Really nice post! Flowers are great --our camellias are getting taller every day!

  10. Oh, how I loved looking at all these flowers and now I can hardly wait for my magnolia to bloom next month. Both you and your hubby took some lovely photos; perfect quotes sprinkled throughout too.

  11. I really like the Milne poem - so sweet and carefree. And all your flowers are beautiful. Magnolias against a blue sky are gorgeous - I took some similar photos this past week. Camellias are such pretty flowers. I see them in other people's yards and admire them, but don't have a bush here.

    Have a great week.

  12. I enjoyed the pictures and your quotes are lovely.

  13. Spring has finally arrived in our yard also and I am loving it. The remainder of tulips that the squirrels didn't eat are blooming and look so colorful. The photos of spring things around your property are beautiful. The violets are a favorite of mine. Ours haven't popped out yet. You did a nice job weaving the poetry and quotes in the post.

  14. Just gorgeous!!! I loved every one of these shots, and I love the quotes. I have tons of photos that I have taken in past weeks, but I can't seem to get them on the blog with the right inspiration. I love what you did. That Van Dyke quote near the beginning about the first spring day is going to be a new favorite of mine.

  15. Spring is certainly beautiful where you are! I love the AA Milne poem - it too me back!



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