Springtime Views

The weather has been clear and warm these past few days, the garden is in full bloom, so here are some photos. Flowers mostly, but also a hot air balloon I captured from my window today.

Hot air balloon

Hot air balloons used to be a common sight on clear days throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, but ballooning became less popular in recent years due to high gas prices. Hence I was pleased to see this balloon, advertising an electronics store, from my window today.

Tulips

The garden is in full bloom. Here we have red tulips.

White tulip

A white tulip.

Tulips

Red and white tulips

Spring flowers

Small orange tulips and a hyacinth

Tulip

Viewed from above, this red tulip looks almost like a poppy.

Pearl hyacinths

Pearl hyacinths

Blue flowers

I have no idea what these blue flowers blooming in the neighbours’ garden are called, but they sure look pretty.

Pansies

Lavender pansies

Pansies

These tiny wild pansies are growing on the lawn. They are the descendents of cultivated garden pansies that have returned to the wild.

Daisies

Wild daisies on the lawn.

Carnations

Grass carnations

Blossoming shrub

A garden shrub with gorgeous white blossoms

Blossoming garden shrub

Another blossoming garden shrub

Birch tree buds

A birch tree with fresh leaves and catkins. It’s sure lovely to look at, but unfortunately I’m also heavily allergic to the pollen.

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6 Responses to Springtime Views

  1. Andrea says:

    Your shrubs are Pieris Japonica (also known as lily of the valley bush) and something which looks like a variant of a daphne. Both beautiful scent boshes.

    • Cora says:

      Thanks for the info. The white blossoms do bear some resemblance to lillies of the valley, though lillies of the valley are smaller and have different leaves. They’re rarely found these days, probably because they are poisonous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them outside a florist’s shop or clutched in the hands of a teen girl during confirmation.

  2. Sherwood Smith says:

    Stunningly beautiful garden!

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