Friday, April 18, 2008
Spring Flora: Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder
Last weekend's Inspired Flora exhibit had me looking differently at all the plants that we have growing in our yard.
We are lucky enough to have some gorgeous flowering trees, like the magnolia tree that burst open this week (see above).
I'm not much of a gardener. I tend to plant things and let survival of the fittest take over.
All the fussing that gardening requires, especially in the heat of the summer - when I just want to be glugging a tall, icy lemonade in front of the A/C - is too much maintenance.
Several years ago, I planted an armload of tulip bulbs.
These hardy little bulbs never fail to disappoint, erupting year after year from the soil and mulch to pay tribute to the longer, sunnier days.
With fair skin that burns at the slightest provocation, I'm more of an indoor girl. Actually, I do enjoy the outdoors - especially when it's 80 degrees, sunny and clear, like it was today.
Although the spate of early spring weather may be short-lived, I took advantage of the sun and the flowers to capture some of the springtime magic that abounded in my yard. Enjoy!