Hop on by, It Is Spring!

Happy Spring Break! We’re spending our time in the backyard getting in touch with our inner blossoms. Our second sign of the season after snowdrops is Siberian Iris. They are tiny; no taller than your hand. Their colors are a regal purple and lilac purple.

After taking this picture I realized a mystery guest was at hand. We played hide and seek; if I don’t move you can’t see me, right?

Am I Invisible? Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

I took three identical photos to make sure I caught her. Then she swiftly dashed away.

Bunny Hops Away Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

The gardener who lived in our house before us thought to plan a bloom for every week of the spring, summer and fall. I would love to have met her before she went to the great arboretum in the sky. Thank you, Barb; because of your tremendous planning early summer will bring Bleeding Heart.

Bleeding Heart Plant Sprouts Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

We’ve received a good quantity of rain this last week. Plants rejoice.

Vinka Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Bluets are cheering on the Floribunda Rose to wake up. Will the roses bloom this year? I’ll take photos in June to let you know.

Bluets Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Crocus liberated from the Juniper Bush; Rebecca with the loppers. The Juniper liked the mild winter and grew six inches wider all around, covering two nearly blooming crocus and the foliage of two daffodil bulbs. I cut the evergreen’s bangs to reveal the beauty mark below.

Crocus Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Here’s a plant which will flower in the fall; Autumn Glory Seedum. I like how it looks once I trim back the dead flowers I’d left since November for “winter interest.”

Autumn Glory Seedum Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

What is your favorite spring flower?

Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

Rebecca Cuningham

24 thoughts on “Hop on by, It Is Spring!

    1. Thank you, Rosaliene. Yes, I hope this time to rest and reflect will inspire us with new solutions. I think we will have good new data on how less carbon output could be achieved.

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  1. Most of what I thought were crocuses are crocuses, but on closer examination two purple clusters are indeed dwarf irises. Plus some tiny blue flowers I can’t identify. Sedum starting, daffodils coming into bud, and tulip leaves in evidence – tulips are so delicious to wildlife, we won’t be seeing them long.

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    1. Thanks for the garden report, Sarah! How exciting that you have Siberian Iris too. I’m looking forward to daffodils. I’ve noticed the same about tulips – they’re often beheaded by squirrels? or bunnies? Hope you two are well, Rebecca


      1. Me too. She’s spent time in our yard for years. For safety, she spaces her little ones out among several neighbor’s gardens each year. She often hides one in the juniper. That way the pine scent hides the smell of the bunny from cats.


    1. Hi Darlene, thanks for taking a walk through the garden with us. Tulips are three weeks away I’d say. If any survive the bunnies and squirrels, photos coming soon to a blog near you. Hope your writing and family are doing well.

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  2. It seems you are having a lovely time with little backyard friends…great! Lovely pics! Stay well Rebecca! All the best to you from Valencia

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  3. No tengo una flor favorita, creo que me gustan todas las flores, desde la más simple y silvestre, a la más sofisticada, cada una es un ejemplo maravillo de lo perfecta que es la naturaleza. Me gustaron tus fotografías, son muy profesionales, buen ojo y buena cámara. Saludos.

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