What is it about an early morning walk on a Sunday in springtime that awakens the senses so completely? The only sounds are those of birds visiting and the odd car driving by. It is too early in the season for the Sunday morning assault by electric lawnmowers and chain saws that will begin in later spring.
Lytton, my big brown dog, was raring to go as he always is. I love how he crisscrosses the park in search of scents his friends have left behind (at least I think that is what is looking for!).
He plunges into the river with great gusto and swims contentedly with the current looking for a stick to bring back to me. At points, I see him roaming along the river bank, with only his tail visible, disappearing the odd time when he spies ducks in the water. This is the world he was meant to live in …
As we walked, we came across sights that we haven’t seen for awhile – a father patiently throwing a ball to his young son at bat, a dog chasing a frisbee and a group of cyclists tearing along the bike path. It is as if our world is slowly wakening … by mid-summer, the park will be alive with activity.
I knew, as we walked back home, that I would take some pictures of my emerging garden this morning. The liverlilies are still in bloom – now there are three plants, each sporting slightly different colours of blue flowers. I adore them.
Down the street from our house, we came upon three children playing a boisterous game of hopscotch. They were momentarily distracted by Lytton and wanted to pat him and shake his paw. Lytton is always happy to receive affection from children. I admired each child’s bright footwear in turn, including a pair of mauve running shoes that I wish I could fit into.
And of course, I was drawn into a game of hopscotch, finding it slightly challenging to fit in the small squares. A few times I was gently scolded for stopping to ask about their brightly-coloured drawings which decorated the hopscotch squares.
Spring is finally here and these are pictures from my garden this morning.
I hope you are not tiring from seeing more Liverlilies (in top picture).
In the second picture, several Scilla siberica are emerging alongside a small Sedum and an Arabis ferdinand-cobourgii ‘Variegata’ . I like this Arabis because of its name. I have always been intrigued with it, wondering how it came to be named after the Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand of Saxe-Cobourg.
Pictured below is my favourite Veronica whitleyi, which will be in bloom soon. It is a breathtaking sight, with its deep blue, small flowers contrasting with the silverly-green foliage. The foliage of these plants remain beautiful throughout the summer, withstanding much heat and some drought.
At bottom, is an emerging Meadowrue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium). I love the purplish tinges to the leaves.