Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Sunshine




This weekend brought two long walks with my puppy, many hours sitting on my patio with a book and a cold drink, open windows for the first time this year and a bit of sunburn on my shoulders. Also, I began the spring yard cleanup by picking up a few hundred sticks and branches that fell to the ground over the winter.



But, it was the sunshine and blue skies that were the star of the weekend - so welcome and so needed. After a strangely mild winter and cold and gloomy spring, there is nothing better than the feel of sunshine and warm breezes. It's too early for much green and the only flowers are forsythia, daffodils and my favorite hyacinths just ready to bloom, but this warmth will have everything budding and popping with color soon.

I am ready for that first trip to the garden center to buy some frost resistant pansies and to stroll the aisles to plan and dream about what flowers I will buy in late May. I am ready for afternoons spent outside, for golf season and for patio dining. The spring sunshine has arrived and it is very welcome.

Happy Monday!


Linking with Have a Daily Cup Garden Party



  1. I am ready to get some pretty flowers in the ground too:) Looks like a beautiful Spring day here in the South! Have a blessed day dear Vicki, HUGS!

  2. Happy Monday to you! Glad your weather has turned nice finally. Watch the sunburn, though!!

  3. Its been wonderful here too! My star magnolia is blooming, as well as daffodils, some early tulips and hyacinths. And my "northern lights" forsythia is putting on it's first real show - it's just a baby. My favourite time of year!!

  4. I'm thankful for the strangely mild winter that enabled us to ease back into the Midwest after 6 years in San Diego!

  5. Good morning Vicki. Our forsythia has already bloomed and is fully leafed out. Isn't it the prettiest thing though? It always fills me with hope to see those yellow blossoms in early spring. So glad you joined our garden party today. We will have another one next month. :)

  6. Thank you ever so much for sharing this pretty Spring gardening inspiration with us at the Garden party! Makes my heart happy:)

  7. Sunshine and blue skies are always welcome and bring a smile - I think that's why I love the color combo of blue & yellow.

    I hope you have a week of sunshine, blue skies, and reading outdoors.

  8. Thank you for sharing your garden at our Garden Party. I know exactly what you mean about spring clean up.
    Does it ever end?
    The results are worth it though!

    White Spray Paint

  9. I love forsythia but I don't have enough sun and it gets so warm where I live it doesn't do as well. Sounds as if you are in a much colder area.
    Glad you are feeling spring is near and can get out and pick up sticks. I do that year round with so many trees.
    Happy Gardening.

  10. Such glorious forsythia branches. Thank you so very much for linking up to the garden party. Your post was completely enchanting.

  11. Isn't it wonderful to see the Forsythia in bloom! They're blooming all around our area right now. I'm anxious to start gardening but will have to wait a bit- still having frosts. I did get some violas the other day and have been enjoying them. We had the same issue with sticks- seems never ending!


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