A touch of Spring

It’s been a cold few days for us here in Louisiana, with night time lows around 32.  The weather really has rollercoaster highs and lows this time of year.  We check the morning news broadcast to see if it will be a furnace or airconditioner kind of day.  This weekend was forecasted to be strictly furnace, so I went out to take pictures of the neighborhood blooms before they could be hit with frost.

Perhaps you recall from an earlier post that DH’s favorite rose, his Rio Samba had produced the first rosebud of the season.  (DH’s only character flaw is his love of orange, from roses to cars. )  Sunday it was showing its true colors, and four more fat buds had joined it.

The front of our garage has Chinese Witch Hazel in bloom.  This bush, which would be as tall as the garage if we’d let it, blooms on new growth several times a year.  It is always a trade-off between quantity of bloom and loosing the front of the house to jungle.

Pink Azaleas compliment the Witch Hazel.  This bush is in front of  the window beside DH’s work bench.  The first blossoms are always visible from inside the garage, since that side of the bush is more sheltered.

Half a block down the street a neighbor has a nice corner of the house display that features Japanese Magnolia surrounded by miniature hot pink Azaleas.

I hope this touch of Spring has brightened the morning of my friends who got more than their share of snow yesterday.   The best news of all is that our cold snap didn’t harm any of the flowers.



  1. Knitnana said,

    March 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

    SPRING!!! What lovely photos…Thanks!

  2. koto-chan said,

    March 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Pretty! Thanks, that did cheer me up after all the snow yesterday!

  3. AlisonH said,

    March 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm


  4. Jennifer said,

    March 4, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Oooh – what a nice treat when everyone else seems to be sharing pictures of the snowstorm. Love all those lovely flowers. Enjoy!

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