This year, the magnolia bloomed for Easter. It is always such a treat to smell the flowers as I walk up the front steps and to see the grand tree covered in happy blossoms. Unfortunately, the blooms are considerably muted this year because so many were damaged by the cold and never opened. Still, the ones that remain are gorgeous.
Other signs of the quickening spring are appearing everywhere in the garden (click on any image below for a slide show of larger photos):
- The grape hyacinth blooming (I always loved my grandma’s grape hyacinths: the teeny tiny, knobby blooms and the fragrance!),
- unexpected little blue blossoms,
- the Japanese painted fern emerging from the ground like a cluster of cramped bird claws,
- hops (reminding me of my family in Germany) that’s quickly ascending its support,
- tiny lettuces,
- tiny blackberry leaves greening the formerly bare branches,
- asparagus shoots–the garden’s first edible produce,
- multi-colored and multi-textured leaves emerging from the ground,
- a healthy patch of wild ginger and Solomon’s seal unfurling skyward,
- and violets that fill my yard and refuse to give way.
Here’s an overview of my garden now:
For Easter, we had beautiful weather in Evansville. I had the afternoon to myself, so I decided to ride my 1968 Schwinn Hollywood Red Line bicycle along the Evansville riverfront and down the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage. It was the perfect day for it. Photos below are: the pedestrian bridge along Ohio Street, the Fligeltaub scrap yard, the flooded Ohio River, and the tulips at the Pagoda.