Friday, August 9, 2013

Spring is on its way

I love these pink hyacinths, that come up year, after year.

Spring is about to colour our world ... I am so ready to see some colour in the garden.
Taking the camera outdoors, it is hard to photograph how very special this time of the year is ~ budding flowers making an appearance, we have had sunshine all week, though not today, {the rain today is a lovely change} birdsong, and tuis playing around in the trees and then there is the beautiful fragrance around.

From the garden center, I bought these gorgeous coloured flowers, to plant in the window-boxes - does anyone know what they are? 

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear.
That the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.
~ Geoffrey B Charlesworth

 Last, but not least is a little vase of Paperwhite  Erlicheer, which bring indoor joy.
Do you have a favourite Spring flower?

It's finally the weekend ... hope you have a wonderful one!



  1. Today blogger is strange, if you get
    several comments you may delete.
    Your pink spring flower looks like a
    primrose, i am not sure it´s the right
    translation. Lovely flowers, here we go
    towards autumn now.

  2. It's always wonderful when the spring flowers start to bloom, isn't it? I love the white and pink shades of your flowers. Have a lovely spring weekend, dear Carolyn!

  3. Hello Carolyn, they are Polyanthus commonly known as Primroses ... I think! I have just discovered a couple flowering in my garden, rather unusually in August!

    Funny you talking about Spring, when we're still in high Summer heading for Autumn ...

    Lovely post, thank you!

    Love Claire xxx

  4. Oh we slip softly toward autumn in my part of the globe, it is a delight to gently step into springtime with you! Your blooms are ever so lovely...and if I sit quietly and close my eyes, I am able to enjoy the glorious fragrance on the air. Thank you for sharing such a luscious garden.
    Happy weekend Carolyn!
    Sending hugs...

  5. Hi Carolyn, are they Polyanthus? I think they flower for a long time.

  6. and here let the summer stay as long as possible:) time goes by...
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  7. Thanks for the visit all and for helping me out with the name of the flowers.

  8. Good morning Carolyn! I keep forgetting that while we are easing into fall, you are easing into spring! HAPPY SPRING MY FRIEND! My favorite flower? I have to say it is the white tulip. But then when summer comes around, I cannot resist pink roses, lavender, and blue delphiniums!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING! Anita

  9. Hi Carolyn! Your garden in bloom must be so gorgeous and beautiful, I can smell your lovely flowers from the screen:) Maybe are the flowers you don't know primulas? Have a great weekend dear, hugs! xo

  10. Love Paperwhites in the winter:) I usually force the bulbs indoors and enjoy watching them grow. I know how you feel at this time of year...ready for change! Everything looks so pretty Carolyn:) enjoy your day!

  11. Beautiful thoughts of spring my darling friend.
    Spring is my favorite season.

    Much love to you and love and smiles across the miles. Love Jeanne♥

  12. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh, if you are enjoying already your Ehrlicheer daffodils than it IS SPRING. Nothing can fill the air and the heart better than these highly fragrant beauties. So glad you are at that renewing stage of nature. You can see an old post about our Ehrlicheer here:
    They are such a lovely Heirloom Daffodil from 1934!
    Hugs and happy Sunday to you,

  13. Your flowers are so pretty. I love that time of year when it's just barely beginning to be spring. Enjoy!

  14. While we are at the height of summer, spring is on your doorstep :-) Your spring flowers look beautiful Carolyn!

    Happy Sunday!

    Madelief x

  15. So lovely to see your Spring flowers and remember that you're enjoying the flowers of your season. Like your other blogger friends I would say that the plants that you bought are double polyanthus from the primula family. They should give you pleasure for ages. We have some in the flower border and they keep on blooming through the seasons no matter how cold it gets and they seem to survive. I hope you have some warm Spring weather with the scent of hyacinths to cheer you. x

  16. So many beautyful Flower. In your country is spring on the way. Here in Germany the summer is close the the end
    Have a nice weekend, Cla

  17. Such lovely photos of your flowers for spring. Here we are heading towards autumn which I have to say is my favourite season. Suzy x

  18. I'm not too sure if my previous comment has reached you?? Suzy x

  19. Amazing flowers!
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend, darling!


  20. How pretty all your spring flowers are. I love the whites and pastels that are a part of the season. Your Ehrlicheer daffodils are perfect. When polyanthus arrive in the markets up here it's a sign that Spring is in the air.

    I must admit to a little envy that you are starting spring; we are still in Summer mode here. I am hoping for one of our long gorgeous Autumns...the kind where we don't have any real frost until after Thanksgiving.

  21. aww very pretty flowers..i love them so much..
    happy spring time.
    big hugs x

  22. Good Morning Carolyn,

    Oh how I love the violets in your windowbox! They have such beautiful color and the leaves are loaded with detailed textures. I used to have many different ones in my north facing office window. I made drawings of them so I would always remember them. My most favorite spring flower is the plain simple wild violets that used to fill my Grandmas yard when I was a wee one. She would tell me to go out and pick as many of them as I could but when I looked back it looked like none was missing!
    Love your beautiful photos! Blessings, Edie Marie

  23. Hi Carolyn... unfortunately our holiday in Tuscany has been canceled... so I can't sent you the postcard that I promised you... I'm sorry!
    Have a nice new week!

  24. Those paperwhites are perfection! The very first hint of autumn is in the air here.

  25. lovely to have spring on the way, we're enjoying late summer over here!

  26. I love being reminded that the different seasons arrive at differnt times around the world . Ah to experience Spring in AUgust :) I see that you g0t your answer about the pretty pink, perky primrose.

  27. What lovely flowers, Carolyn!! Love the pink striped hyacinths!!

    I had a wonderful weekend with my niece and grand-nephew!! Here's to a new week!!


  28. Happy Spring Carolyn!!!!
    You are celebrating its arrival with flowers...lovely!
    I love crocuses that peek their heads up in the spring ;)
    Have a wonderful week!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

  29. I love all flowers, it's really hard to pick a favourite. Your hyacinths looks so pretty!

  30. Dear Carolyn
    What a wonderful time! It's so beautiful when the spring flowers start to bloom. Your pictures are so lovely.
    Thank you for the nice comments on my blog.
    I wish you a beautiful spring week with a lot of sun. Love and hugs Yvonne

  31. Dearest Carolyn,
    So sorry for my belated comment, my dear friend. How beautiful the flowers are♡♡♡ The double polyanthus from the primula family and the daffodil (double flower); haha, I am happy I found what they are. Oh, spring is the best season, isn't it♪♪♪ I wish the coolness you have, so hot here.

    PS> Thank you SO much for your sweet, thoughtful comment. I really feel appreciate it. I'm doing my best for the obon and guests p;)

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  32. amazing pictures!
    wish you a fantastic week!

  33. Carolyn,
    I think you know my favorite spring flower, the rose, but I also love azaleas. Lately, I have seen Peonies on many blogs, and I think they are so pretty too. The flowers you bought at the garden center are gorgeous and so vibrant with color.

    Enjoy the week, and your spring flowers.


  34. Hello Caroline,
    What a great idea that I can talk to, and follow, a blogster from the other side of the world, I love internet when it comes to this. Good for you that spring is coming, I know how you feel, I always feel the same after a long wintertime. Love your blog, and I will keep following you.
    Nice to meet you :)
    Lovely greetings, MJ

  35. Nice pictures ...
    I love flowers ... especially Paperwhite ... j'adore!
    Happy August 15th.
    Bisou, Babi

  36. Lovely flowers! I would love it if you came by to my blog and we could follow each other if you like!

  37. lucky you Carolyn...

    some of our mornings are now feeling a bit cooler and we know what that means.... sooooon...we will begin our month of autumn...and then....acckkkke....snow and cold ..... hope this decent weather hangs around for at least another month or so ...... at least a few more weeks of golfing and then, have to hang up my clubs for the winter ....much too long a winter for such a short summer......

  38. My favorite flower no matter the time of year is the rose:).



  39. Hello Carolyn,
    Seeing first flowers blooming make me feel so happy, Spring is my fav season (well, I love summer too^^)!
    Lovely photos!

  40. Hi Carolyn,
    I sooooo love springtime as well. Your flowers are beautiful and I love the sound of the birdies chirping too! Enjoy this beautiful season!


  41. Good morning Carolyn
    Spring is my favourite season! We are seeing the end of our Summer here in Canada and hoping the warm weather stays for at least another month. Have a great rest of the week!


  42. Wow! Hard to believe we're going into fall soon and you have spring on the way.

    Just love your beautiful flowers. Flowers always make things feel right in the world, and I am going to miss mine when they this year.

    Wishing you a wonderful and beautiful spring ahead, Carolyn.

  43. I adore much the white the last ones, pretty romantic ;)


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