A Few Signs of Spring, photographs

Cleaning the flower beds this weekend and my husband happened to see a 13″ – 14″ Smooth Earth Snake (red, slender body) about a foot behind me.  Just hanging around, you might say!  Anyways I hope you enjoy a few signs of Spring around our place .  .  .

Petunia’s that are annuals around here, but never died last year – happened to live through the Winter are in full bloom:

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Purple Shamrocks – perennials and flower all Spring straight through Fall:

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Coreopolis – wouldn’t be spring without these beauties!

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Verbena, a perennial, are gorgeous this year – nice flowering plant Spring through Fall:

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Here’s to Spring, a time for renewal ~


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67 Responses to A Few Signs of Spring, photographs

  1. Each picture has the potential to spread smiles to every eye that sees them. And we have got here so many 🙂 May the spring be as beautiful as these little friends 🙂

  2. poppytump says:

    It IS lovely to see Spring taking hold Mary ! No raggedy wind blown petunias here even having seen the winter through . Amazing .

    • Mary says:

      So great to see you Poppy – hope you are well. Thank you and glad you enjoyed seeing a little TX Spring. Yeah, can you believe the Petunia’s and they are really going strong. I also have some other, looks like perennials, coming up in another container pot and have no clue what it is but I expect to see some kind of flower in the next couple of days. I think the birds are dropping seeds here and there. Hope you are enjoying your Spring and taking some wonderful photographs!

  3. I hope the snake is not poisonous! I love gardening but am not a huge fan of snakes!

  4. The snakes around here are back underground. Bitter cold today.

  5. Wow! Looks like you have a gorgeous garden already (snakes not withstanding). Thanks for sharing these cheerful signs of spring with us! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Silver – actually the snake visited again last evening when gardening. He is an interesting character (a good thing he isn’t a copperhead, known to be in our area). Glad you enjoyed the shots!

  6. The idea that petunias overwintered and bloomed again just made me smile. What a treat. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Yes can you believe it? Very cool and about 12 begonia’s are doing the same thing!! I’m having a good time this year with the flowers – part of my happiness is the local rabbit is nowhere to be found (think a hawk had his way) and that is helping many flowers take hold this year.

  7. Yes, here’s to spring! You brought it to us with you photos!

  8. Wow Mary, you’re way ahead of us with flowers😊

  9. Spring is the season of rekindling hope, happiness and love. Mother Nature surely shows her joy through these flowers. Wonderful captures, Mary… 🙂

  10. restlessjo says:

    It surely is, Mary 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Spring.

  11. Marick says:

    Well, it snowed here yesterday, so seeing this was downright displeasing.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Pauline – so sorry for sending a little Spring your way. I could send a tornado or two (as we are suppose to be having today – skies are darkening and it looks like the beginning of the storms are closing in).

  12. Always so wonderful to see signs of spring. Thank you, Mary:) We have just come through a snap of cold weather for us….with a huge storm yesterday….however, today is sunnier and spring like weather is forecast. Ironically our flowers and shrubs have been blooming for weeks and weeks……Enjoy the day…janet.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janet, thank you so much. Hope your flowers continue splashing your area with lots of awesome colors – has to be really inspirational for you!! Have a beautiful day.

  13. Here’s to renewal, Mary and happy blooming inside and out! 🙂 xx

  14. jvandervlugt says:

    These are great photographs Mary. My favorite are the Purple Shamrocks. By any chance are they related to the blue Forget-Me-Nots?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Joanna, thanks very much! I really don’t know too much about the Purple Shamrocks, except they are tubular instead of roots which has made it easy to break the tubes and transplant them in many places in our yard. I love these little hardy guys, they have come up for the last eight years.

  15. Amy says:

    Love these spring flowers. Happy to see your beautiful photos, Mary! 🙂

  16. A.PROMPTreply says:

    We’re just starting to get our spring flowers in now, Mary, but we aren’t comparing to your glorious colours yet! Gorgeous!

  17. Arts & Rhymes says:

    Beautiful colors! We are not even close, but we are moving forward… Right now we have daffodils blooming.

  18. Jet Eliot says:

    What a lovely springtime post, Mary. And I love the rich color of the petunias.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jet. I couldn’t believe that the Petunias never died off and the color is really rich in person – glad you enjoyed!

  19. Spring and colors are coming !
    robert, who loves winter 🙂

  20. Heartafire says:

    Remarkable photography, glorious and vivid color, perfect lighting…is there anything you can do dear Mary? xo

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Holly, only my cell phone could have done this, that and morning light and shadows, lol! Thanks again and glad you enjoyed a little Spring color.

  21. Alok Singhal says:

    I was in Washington over the weekend for Spring colors. Shall share a post on that later!

  22. Resa says:

    Thank you, Mary, they’re gorgeous! There’s no flowers here,yet, so it’s much appreciated.

  23. Beautiful Mary! Such a deep red.

  24. Beautiful signs of spring in your garden, Mary. That was a very long earth snake, but at least they are non-venomous. Still, you wouldn’t want it crawling over your foot, would you? 😕

  25. Beautiful flowers Mary! I think the last one is a perennial called flocks. Just wonderful. ~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rita, thanks very much – just love this time of year. I found the name on a tag in the garage called, Verbena. So pretty we planted them last year – they were pretty the first year. But this year, wow real showstoppers.

  26. niasunset says:

    Happy Spring dear Mary, they are so beautiful, Thank you, love, nia

  27. So glad you are enjoying the flowers of the season, Mary. (Maybe Prospero would know the botanical name you forgot 🙂 Happy Spring!

  28. Your photographs are as lovely as your paintings, Mary. Beautiful colors!

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