Saturday, August 20, 2011

The first encouraging signs of Spring

The first Freesias are out in the garden and there is a definite Spring feeling in the air!
With a little flurry of snow the other day, (for all of about 2 minutes ) when I looked out the window it was not rain and it was not hail, but the soft powdery white stuff.
We never get snow here where I live, so it made it all the more exciting for me.

One kind word, can warm three winter months
~ Japanese proverb

My white camellia bush is delightful and love the pretty white flowers which remind me of whipped cream.

The tuis are making an appearance again and won't be long before they are drinking the sweet nectar, from the beautiful yellow blossom of the kowhai tree

I love Spring ... what season do you like best?

Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend


  1. Dear Carolyn
    Wow.... so nice your pictures! Yes, you have really spring feeling in the air and in Switzerland we have summer feeling in the air. We have a lot of sun and it's hot!
    Enjoy your spring time!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs Yvonne

  2. Dearest Carolyn,

    Oh what a lovely and perfect flowers you show us here. Once we had freesias too but the bulbs got eaten I guess... LOVE their fragrance. If you take them inside and place on the night table you create a romantic heaven.
    Yes, for me Spring is THE season! The fullest for blossoms and the most fragrant ones do bloom in spring time. The temperature is still perfect before the heat of summer comes in.
    Enjoy your upcoming spring and indulge in your flowers!
    Love to you,


  3. I love any time there is cooler weather. Not sure if we have Fall, Winter or Spring -- it's only a few months out of the year when the weather is not hot and that is definitely my favorite time.

    Growing up in the South, we didn't see snow either, so when we would get a little flurry, it was always very exciting.

    Hope your day is great. Tammy

  4. and I like summer best, pity that it is almost the end here...

  5. Wish you a beautiful saturday, in your new coming spring, dear Carolyn- I too love spring- but also autumn, with the cosy feeling ,and the smell of winter arriving.

  6. Spring is my favorite!!...we have a good spring this year....summer was veryy bad.......o my.....enjoy a happy

  7. Lovely photos Carolyn.
    I love Spring the best too.
    Oh those freesias - I must grow more of them as their perfume is wonderful.

    Yes the tuis are back in our garden too - playing very noisily in the old Totara tree!

    That's such a lovely quote from the Japanes proverb - you always find the perfect one for your post!!

    Enjoy your weeekend

  8. Your flowers are so beautiful. My favorite season has to be Winter... it's been so hot and dry here in Texas for quite a while now that it has me longing for Winter!
    Blessings~~~ Daphne

  9. I love spring, but now is autumn soon with us here. Winter i do not like, hate it when it´s cold.
    Lovely spring-photos from you
    Hugs from

  10. Ah, spring, life renewed such a beautiful time of the year although fall is my favorite, spring is close behind!!!

    I hope you have a beautiful day, Carolyn!



    And we are now slowly saying goodbye to summer...but is it lovely. Your hopes of spring as so pretty, and I am wishing you MAGIC and joy for your summer as it comes your way!

    How are you? ANy teddy bears in the making lately? I go back to school on WEDNESDAY!!!!! I am not ready.

    Love you, Anita

  12. When it's Springtime, I like Spring best but then I feel the same way about the Fall. Summer and Winter don't make much difference for me one way or the other.
    Enjoy your garden coming back to life again - the pictures are beautiful!

  13. There is something about spring that gives new life to our soul. We suddenly feel a new hope and new energy. Spring is my favorite - the signs of new life, the softness in the air, nice temps - PERFECT! Enjoy you SPRING,Carolyn. xOx

  14. This post makes me smile ear-to-ear, Carolyn. To think of you awaiting Spring and us awaiting Fall to arrive. I hope Spring will arrive soon at your doorstep my friend. Warmer weather, lovely flowers popping, Spring is my favorite season.
    We have still 6 more weeks Summer to enjoy before the leaves will turn.
    Hugs for a sweet Sunday my friend xoxoxo

  15. Hi Carolyn,
    This is a gorgeous sweet post. Loved the pretty flowers, cheered me right up on a rainy sunday morning here in Mumbai!!!
    Have a wonderful Sunday:)

  16. Beautiful white flowers!! I'd have to say Fall is my favorite season. There's something about the leaves falling, and the crisp cool air, and pumpkim pie. It's all wonderful to me.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  17. Hi, dear Carolyn, I'm happy for you that spring is already at your front door. It's my favorite season too. Your flowers are beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week :-)!
    Hugs to you,

  18. Oh dearest,

    Your spring is started to develop and our fall is now starting to peek in! Today will be showers and 64 degrees Farenheit...such a different feel from the HOT summer we have had. What a great one. Yes, I do start on Wednesday. You are painting your deck?! Oh, that is FOR SURE a sign of summer COMING! And dearest, you sew clothing too? A tweed suit....I remember when I was little, my mom sewed all my clothing, even SLIPS and COATS!!! Sew sewed shirts for my dad, too!

    Enjoy all the things that you do to make your home cozy and happy!!! So good to see you, Anita

  19. Thank you, Carolyn, for your sweet visit! I have to try to remember what Spring feels like...Oh,'s beautiful!! But now my head is filled with thoughts of Autumn, my favorite season. But , really, I love every season, and they all have their special beauty. Aren't we all blessed?
    Have a Super Sunday!

  20. Lovely white flowers! We have here the last days of the summer and after very hot and dry one there is not much flowers left in my garden. The colorful autumn is coming and actually it is the best time of the year, I think!
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs Maina

  21. I love autumn the best, with its smoky smells, heavy dew that makes spiders webs stand out and the leaves go yellow.

  22. Beautiful post, darling!
    I think autumn is my favorite season!


  23. thanks for your comment darling!

  24. Really I don't know what is my favorite season...all them are beautiful for any reason so I enjoy each one waiting for the next one
    I love your flowers

  25. Hello Carolyn....thank you for visiting my blog......
    I really love your blog....i have a lot of bears, i collect them. Do you know Steiff bears ? Those are my favorits. Have you made those bears on your blog ? Wow....
    I wil come back to see your bears and everything else. Hope to see you back to.

  26. here we're having our first signs of autumn,

    I love all the seasons, but I don't really like November,

  27. What beautiful photos, Carolyn! So happy that spring is coming for you. We're getting ready to say goodbye to summer unfortunately but there are definitely good things to look forward to during the fall :)

  28. Spring is my favourite season.. a new beginning. The smell of fresh turned soil and the chirping of the birds after a long winter are some of my favourite things. Have a wonderful week!


  29. Lucky you, having spring in front of you! For us, it'll be fall soon. I love all seasons, exept winter could be much shorter for my liking ;) Have a great start to your week!

  30. Carolyn -- thank you for your sweet visit to my blot for Tablescape Thursday. I know that wonderful feeling of Spring after the seemingly endless cold of Winter. The first blooms seem to bring us to life as well. I have to say, that were I live, I think Autumn in our best season. We have many warm days and the nights become crisp. I love sweater weather, and when our leaves turn yellow, orange, purple and brilliant red -- the only down side is that it leads to winter! Our Springs, while quite lovely, seem to be rather short and then right into the heat of Summer. Wouldn't it be wonderful to follow your favorite season all around the world? Enjoy the new blooms of Spring.

  31. My favorite season is Spring when the Jonquils start to pop and Summer when trees are lush and full of every shape and size of leafy beauty and Autumn when the pumpkins are HUGE and every step through the woods crunches underfoot and Winter when snow softly drifts in mounds upon our hills... Oh dear, I just love them all! I am so glad we have four of them!
    Happy Spring to you!

  32. You are going into your Spring..while we head into Fall. Enjoy your sweet flowers..wish I had Spring flowers blooming.

    And Lemons...yum!

  33. Dearest Carolyn,

    Have a wonderful new week! Love to you,


  34. Dearest Carolyn,

    Have a lovely week ahead!
    Love to you,


  35. Hi Carolyn,

    I love spring and autumn best.Thank you for your comments. Catherine

  36. Hi Caroly, how lucky you are to have spring and summer coming! It has been such a beautiful summer and I want it to last a little longer. But my favourite time of the year is autumn. I love the colors and the blue sky. I love the cold air and the leaves blowing in the wind. And a cup of warm tea, of course...Have a lovely week!

    Love, Kristin

  37. Beautiful flowers. I can smell them from here. It's been a dreadfully hot Summer for us. Now it seems we may get a hurricane this weekend. Ick. I love the Fall or Autumn as ya'll call it. I love the crisp, clean air and the smell.
    Have a great week girlfriend!
    xx, shell

  38. Spring gives me allergies. :-D

    I would have to say fall. I love fall. :) I was born in the fall. :) I love winter, as well. Summer is too hot. :p

  39. Dear Carolyn,
    I love seeing your first glimpes of Spring in pictures. Your flowers are lovely and I am sure the warmer days welcome. We are still with very HOT temps and I think we hit 55 days of 100 plus. I lost track now!!
    I bet it was a fun surprise to see some snow flurries even for a short time. We never get snow here either, but last year was the exception. We have gone from one extreme to another. Oh well it's Texas.
    Have a great week and thank you for stopping by for tea. Lovely to see you.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  40. Hi Carolyn! Your blooms are simply lovely!! I know you are thrilled to have some signs of spring! Here we are waiting for signs of fall! I really love all of the seasons, although in Florida, the changes aren't too extreme. That is how I like it!

    Hope you have a delightful week! You are a joy!

  41. Dearest Carolyn,

    Wanted to click on your newest post but it is not available... Must be something wrong with the URL? Got to this post instead, even if the thumbnail is showing a new post. Anyway, want to wish you a pleasant day and lots of love coming your way,

  42. I'm a Summer gal Carolyn, the hotter the better! Glad to hear the sun is shining & it's getting a little warmer on gorgeous Waiheke.
    Millie xx

  43. I thought those are camellias! They look to me like peonies or camellias! :) So that is what a white freesia looks like? :)



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