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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day spring photos

Spring is really bursting out all over up here in Igloo Land (as Diana calls it!!).  This is one of the warmest (quickly knocking on wood as I type this!) April to May periods that we have had in a long time.  This is good in many ways.  But not good for my hay fever.  Cooler days means a longer drawn out process of emerging tree pollen mixed with the inevitable dust while we wait for the city to sweep the streets,and this means somewhat toned down bouts of hay fever. But this year...achoo..a sound that reverberates through my house and around the yard, not just for a couple of hours in the morning, but all day!  Then there's the nasal drip, which leads to coughing, often at night, which in turn means very little good quality sleep--Zzzzzzzz. And I go through a box of tissues every other day--good for Scotties Company!! Hmmm, winter isn't so bad after all!  I know, I know--bite my tongue!

Anyway I worked like a dog on Saturday--while the dog, Duffy slept in the shade!! I moved that pile of large rocks that was by the greenhouse, put in the fence around the front flower bed, and trimmed and mowed the front and back lawns.  Sunday I was exhausted and my arms ached.  So I took it easy, other than going to check out the plants at Canadian Tire--so was half of the population in north central Edmonton!  Then I stopped at the Great Canadian Stupid (or Stupor) Store, where the other half of north central Edmonton was shopping. And I think I might be picking up some of Jolene's 'good' luck--a little kid, around 2, whose parents weren't watching or caring about what he was doing slammed a grocery cart into the back of my thighs. OUCH!! I said "Jeee whiz" (really!)and limped off to the bakery department.  The mother apologized and I could hear the kid wailing all the way across the store!  I wanted to go back and say to the kid, "Why are you crying, you didn't have a cart slammed into you!!?? If anyone should be crying, it should be me!"

Besides this fun event, I also took some pictures of the loveliness of spring in my yard.
The small cherry tree in bloom.

A close up of the flowers.

Finally my tulips got a chance to bloom--after a couple of years of being frozen/snowed on!!

And I turned on my fountain for the first time this year and the otters could frolic and play!!


J. said...

Aw, sorry about the allergies and injury! Spring really is a miserable time of year for hay fever sufferers.

But your photos make it all worthwhile. I love the cherry tree. It looks like the one we used to have in the backyard of our old house.

And the tulips! Lovely!

We seem to get spring here twice a year. It's strange. The bulk of flowers and blooms are really in spring, from September to November, but then there's some plants (and trees) that seem to have a secondary fall blooming period as well. I've seen bottlebrushes blooming now (not as many or the same varieties that plague us in Sept.), but also a few Jacarandas blooming back in April too. Weird.

We're officially two weeks from the start of winter, according to the Aussies. Feels like it. Brrrr.


Glad this weather is making you happy. Down hear it seems like it has been warm for too long. The cherry tree looks pawsome.

Essex, Sherman & Dog Dad

Jane said...

I have been sneezing like crazy since I got back. What a difference in two weeks - now it's really spring :) Now if we'd only get some appreciable rain - I can't believe how dry we are. Your little cherry tree is adorable. I had to laugh at Stupor Store - I've been calling it that for years - I thought I was the only one! I really need to get to Canadian Tire before everything is picked over.

Squishy said...

Ok...I'd want to slap the kid! And the parents!!!
So sorry on the allergies but the weather sounds great!