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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


For this wee moment in time, for just a week or so, it smells like heaven in our yards. In fact, in our entire neighbourhood. As you can see here in this "dreamy" photo, looking out off our back deck and down the alley everyone's back yards have trees abloom!

This is the time of spring for us where all the lilacs and fruit trees are awash with beautiful flowers, and all around them birds are flitting and playing and blessing us with their song, from dawn until dark. It's the most glorious time of year for scent and sound!

You can see on the right, our MayDay tree is in full bloom and believe me it smells soooo beautiful......

....almost as beautiful as the scent of lilacs. Ours, as you can see, is just starting to bloom and though we've had buds peeking out at us for a few days now, today some of them are beginning to open up. Even on a cloudy day like today, spring is springing to life!

When these lilacs have been open for awhile and before they are done, I will definitely be bringing some into the house. Who needs air sprays? Once completely bloomed, this one is a "blue" variety, a purply shade of blue depending how the light catches it.

Out in the front yard, our Pear and 2 Cherry trees are blooming as well. You can see here the largest of the Cherry trees, and our little Pear tree on the right. That tiny tree gives us pears every year, although it is too young yet to give us any that are very edible.

With the exception of Autumn which is my favourite and the prettiest season, this is the time of year that I think comes a close second. For the last 2 days we had some pretty hot temperatures and as usual I was suffering from heat exhaustion because of it. But today it clouded over and the temperatures are down to a more normal springtime level.

This May long weekend promised to be rainy and cool, but for the last day or so that forecast has been slowly changing. I'm glad too, because I'm hoping on Saturday to grab my camera (and my photo-partner-in-crime sister Pammie) and head out somewhere for a Spring shoot. A favourite cemetery perhaps? Or maybe a park? We shall make that decision in a few days.

In the meantime, I'm just going to keep enjoying the view from my kitchen window.

Happy Victoria Day weekend to my Canadian friends!

Love Jude


Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Looks very nice. The whole post just makes me want to sneeze. Allergies are all I experience this time of year. Fragrance is a wonderful thing but my nose only tolerates so much and then it's misery city.

You've got a great view and many trees which draw the birds to help entertain you.

Enjoy and Happy Victory Day Weekend to you. I'm waiting for next weekend when it's Memorial Day here.

Happy photo hunting!

6:01 PM, May 19, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Jer, yeah you guys get a long weekend next week..... I hope you will be able to get plenty of rest!

I also hope you are feeling better. I hear you about allergies, although I don't have issues with the flowers I know a lot of people do.

Take care!

6:06 PM, May 19, 2010  
Blogger Bobbie said...

I love the smell of lilacs! My blooms are almost done, and now I'm waiting for the peonies to open. They also have a heavenly fragrance.

Hope you have a great Victoria Day long weekend! Enjoy your photo excursion with your sister.

12:43 AM, May 20, 2010  
Blogger Tracers said...

What a beautiful yard you have! Love all the amazing flowers that come out this time of year! =)


5:40 AM, May 20, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Bobbie: We had peonies on both sides of our front door when we moved into this house in 1992, and they DO smell lovely. But we got rid of them because of all the ants! Another flower that is so well known for it's gorgeous scent is the Sweet Pea.

Have a great Victoria Day weekend Bobbie!

Tracers: Thanks me darlin', I wish you could be here to smell this place!

8:19 AM, May 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics, Sister of Mine, and we are also experiencing a lot of froggie croaks this year. The last couple of years we haven't, so it's kind of nice.
Take care and Love you!!
Linda Lou

8:48 AM, May 20, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Sis! What are froggy croaks???

9:02 AM, May 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frogs croaking in the evening and early morning. Love you!
Linda Lou

8:31 AM, May 21, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Oh! D'oh!! LOL

8:53 AM, May 21, 2010  
Blogger Dick said...

Very nice. We are a bit ahead of you in when ours bloom, but we are closer to the coast so that is to be expected. It seems that our weather is cooler and wetter than normal for this time of spring but I read somewhere that is to be expected following an El Nino year. But it seems weird to have worse weather in April & May than we had in January & February!

5:29 PM, May 21, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

It is weird, but El Nino does funny things to our weather for sure. Hope you have a great weekend Dick!

5:47 PM, May 21, 2010  

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