Jan 11, 2011

Small Stirrings...

We haven't strolled in the garden together
in so long...
I thought you might like a peek?

Grab your coat and mittens
it is chilly!

(click photos to enlarge)

Icy crystals cover the leaves of the boxwood
in the early morn...


But the garden is not asleep...

The tiny early Crocus
are quietly stirring...


The Hyacinths are pushing off
their blanket of leaves and awakening...


The Leonard Messel Magnolia
begins to form flower buds,
as soft and downy as tiny rabbits feet...


Battered by the cold...
Last years persistent Primroses
bloom in tattered beauty...

Every Gardener knows
that under the cloak of winter
lies a miracle...

a seed waiting to sprout,
a bulb opening to the light,
a bud straining to unfurl.

And the anticipation
nurtures our dream.
                  Barbara Winkler

And enjoy a trip outside while staying warm at home!

Thanks for strolling with me today :-)

24 comments:

Jacqueline, Cabin and Cottage said...

It really is nice to see what's going on in your garden. It all seems so miraculous because it's still so cold! Your pictures are so nice. I especially love the boxwood.

NanaDiana said...

That is unbelievable that you have bits of green poking through here and there. Your growing season is amazing. We will not see the first green until late in April. Did anyone ever tell you that you are a spoiled woman?;>) Hugs-Diana

J Bar said...

Terrific.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Love the Magnolia buds...I have always wanted to grow one but have never decided on a particular variety....I must get on this....and BTW it's cold and snowflakes are falling here.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved this, Bella. I enjoyed seeing those tiny green shoots poking their heads up. I hope they live through the weather ahead. Love that shot of your garden statue, too. So pretty!

Happy Outdoor Wed to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Cindy said...

Sweet pictures! I can't believe your crocus and all are already starting to come up! Looking forward to Spring!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oooh Bella, I am sooo envious!... it is freezing cold here, and my garden is still sound asleep... so I spent the day at one of my favorite garden centers to sort of feel like Spring!... can't wait to see more!... xoxo Julie Marie

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Thank You for the tour Bella. I enjoy seeing the garden. Looking foward to spring to see the roses bloom again. Have a good evening.......Julian

Mari said...

HELLO BELLA~I SURE ENJOYED OUR STROLL THROUGH YOUR GARDEN :) HOW BEAUTIFUL NATURE IS :)

XO~MARI

Carolyn said...

I am shocked at what is going on in your garden already! It will be a couple of months at least before I see that growth.
Thank you for taking me along!
Carolyn

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful pics Bella! I'm amazed that your crocus are pushing up already-enjoy:@)

Patricia Torres said...

awwww.. Dont complain about the coat and mittens.. Here in Dubai.. we've not even had our first rain fall.. The weather is slightly better... but not wintery at all.. :-(

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Lovely pictures! I can't believe your crocus are already starting to come up. I'm counting the days 'til spring.

countrycottagegirl said...

Thank you for the tour of your garden! It is so exciting to see the first green shoots of the spring bulbs pushing their way through the ground! My pink Camellia bush is budding out and can't wait to pick the first little bouquet..... Blessings!

Light and Voices said...

Yike, snow on that beautiful garden. Oh well, Spring is just around the corner. Get out the magazines and dream.
Joyce M

It's me said...

O my that poor primula !!...happy day darling....love Ria....

Madelief said...

Hurray, spring is on our doorstep!!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Donnie said...

Spring is coming and will be welcome by so many people. Stay safe and warm.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
Thank you for the tour of your garden but I am jealous of the growth you have. It's so hard to yearn for these same sights knowing it will be another couple of months yet.
I think the birds and squirrls are so hungry here that they eat a number of the buds from my Leonard Messel magnolia. (and from other trees)
Hugs,
Judith

Linda said...

Thanks for a walk through your garden...I think the photo of the ice on the boxwood is wonderful...I too, have a lot going on in the garden, but it has been too windy and cold to venture too far out there!

CIELO said...

How marvelous to see 'life' in your garden! Nada here! Just dead wood and snow... ;) I'm so yearning for spring!

Cielo

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Hi Bella..
I love springflowers soooooooooooo much..
in bavaria is winter ;O(((( snow and rain ;O(
Kisses Susi

Rebecca said...

The pic of the frost on the plant is cool!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

I was noticing the same things in my garden this morning!
It is so beautiful to see how nature comes to life again. It's moving.
Fra