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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Before it's too Late

I’ve written before (ad nauseam, you are thinking, no doubt ) about how we wait for spring here in the northeast. So when, as we roll into in what should be the height of that extraordinary but fleeting season, the TV weatherman says: “Until further notice, the forecast is rain,” we know we are in big trouble. The early rhododendrons have come and gone with barely a mention due to inclement weather. Yesterday at work, I swept up pink crab apple petals customers tracked in on their wet feet, and realized that it’s been so cold and damp that I’d failed to take time to enjoy the blossoming trees lining the downtown street. Last night, at dusk, while on an errand with my daughter in weather reminiscent of March, I noticed dogwoods flowering between the rhythmic thump of the windshield wipers.

“I’m going out with my camera tomorrow to take pictures of the dogwoods before the rain ruins the display,” I said to my daughter.

“You mean you are just going to park in front of people’s houses with your camera,” my daughter asked. “Isn’t that kind of stalker-ish?”

“Yep.”








 This last one is in the back of a house.  And it's mine.

16 comments:

Robin said...

What a view you have out your back door! Gorgeous!

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Nice, they still look beautiful even after the rain. It looks like you do more weeding than I have ever done or at least a better job of picking things that choke the weeds out! Love the layers in that rockery too.
The mist we get in the Northwest actually has caused many of the flowers here to rot right where they bloomed in a matter of days. It's sad. There are still huge puddles in my front yard that are normally there in December. But hey, we are almost to the average temperature we should be at in early April!

Jan Morrison said...

the sun is shining, the sun is shining, the sun is shining...bye now! (first time in about a month...I HEAR YA)

Anne Gallagher said...

I miss the dogwoods back home. They're so much fuller than the ones we have here. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Elana Johnson said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Sorry it's raining so much. :(

Wine and Words said...

Oh they're beautiful! I hate when the petals rain. It's windy and rainy here too. My Cilantro just keeps huddling to the earth. *sigh*. I hate the heat, but SOME warmth and sun would be a nice change!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice photos! Go ahead - stalk the bushes.

WritingNut said...

What an absolutely gorgeous view... I think I'd be stuck to that back door permanently.

missing moments said...

Oh, my dogwoods have lost all their blooms from the recent rains. *sigh* Enjoyed the photos of other's dogwoods. And especially your beautiful back yard!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Those are so very beautiful! I love dogwood - we had early bloomings this year of many things.

Our rhododendrun is everywhere!

It's chilly this morning and am ready for the warmth to return - brr

lovely photos!

glnroz said...

me=a little late here too, but as ususal,,,a fine post...the pics are great,,,

Shannon O'Donnell said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!! :-)

Lydia K said...

So pretty! I especially like that last one with the phlox overgrowing the boulders. Wonderful!

Mrs B said...

So pretty Liza. I also agree with the others that the view out of your back door is just lovely. I sighed a big sigh yesterday as I noticed that the petals on my neighbor's tulips had fallen to the ground below them from the rain and wind.

I said I wouldn't complain this Spring and Summer due to the hard winter here, but I have to grumble just a tiny bit about this weeks weather. OK. I'm done! ;~) Hope the sun comes out soon for all of us...

~Mrs B

Ann Best said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I LOVE these photographs. They take me back to last month here in Virginia where we're now getting A LOT of rain. Everything's so green. There is some flooding, and some schools closed today. But it is SO beautiful. We've been staring at dry, dry, dry for the three years since we've been here. This makes me feel joyful.

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Claire Dawn said...

Is dogwood what they call Cherry Blossom in Japan? Cause they look about the same to me.