I hosted a book club at our house last night (this time only 4 of us, but for once all of us had read the book) and then after everyone left around 10:00, I stayed up to try to finish off a book for *another* book club on Saturday and then it was 12:30 and I went to bed. I woke up around 7 this morning, still tired, so I took care of the kids (read: dogs) and went back to bed, this time with a sleep mask on since the sun was up.
I thought I'd sleep until 8 or 8:30. Nope, when I regained consciousness it was almost 11. I should know by now not to sleep with a sleep mask on unless I set an alarm. Oops. And now since my sleep schedule was all out of whack, I've got a pretty good headache going. Yep, that was a great plan.
So anyway. I know I said I'd share the salt mine pictures next, but this is my blog and today I want to share flowers. I've had this idea in my head for a scrapbook layout with flower pictures, starting with snowdrops in January and going on through roses and lavender in June, so those are the pics I'm sharing today. Obviously only up through April since I can't time travel yet.
I admit, I had no idea what a snowdrop looked like until the movie Stardust, but I love them. They bloom, no kidding, in January; we even had a small patch of them in our backyard next to the conservatory. These ones were in the graveyard just up the street from our house (if you're curious, no, it's never bothered me that there are two graveyards within a five-minute walk of our house, even though I think ghosts could exist I've never felt haunted here).
One day last month (I think last month?) I took the camera with me when Lee and I took the doglets for their daily tour of the neighborhood. I was looking for flower pictures, but took a few of other interesting things in our neighborhood. This is on the side of a building that I bet *used* to house a blacksmith, but now it's some kind of hall that I think you can rent out, and there's a playground next to it.
There's a house two blocks from us that always has beautiful flowers in their front windows, and earlier in the spring they had this line of several varieties of daffs. You'll see a picture later from the same yard after the tulips came in.
Not the best daff pictures, but I didn't want to go walking all over people's yards so I was taking pics from the sidewalk (or pavement, as it's called here).
You know the part in The Amazing Spider-Man when Gwen Stacy's dad comments about how she said she wanted to live in a chocolate house, and she said it would be impractical and also fattening?
I think I'd be okay with a chocolate cottage like this.
I've seen quite a few village signs like this one, so here's ours. The colors on it are a bit washed out, I wonder how long it's been there.
So that was the last of the pics from my March flower walk; this week I decided to go on photo safari again for more pictures.
The safari started in my kitchen. I got this little daisy plant last June when I hosted Karyn's baby shower just because it looked so cheerful. I'm quite amazed that it's still alive because I have black thumbs; just this week it even bloomed again after I thought for sure it was going to die out altogether. So now I'll have to find someone else to give it to when we move.
The wisteria on our house is just starting to bloom. Most of the leaves haven't come in yet.
I think these are lilacs? They're just one or two houses down the street, this giant too-big-to-be-a-bush-but-doesn't-look-like-a-tree plant.
And I think these are primroses.
So this was taken in the same yard that had all the daffodils, this time with bright red tulips.
And some yellow ones. We had some bright yellow ones in our backyard but the flower heads fell off before I got out there to take pictures.
I so want a better picture of these. The flowers are bright white and the flower centers are actually deep purple.
Some more tulips, love that color.
I have no idea what this is, but I thought it was neat-looking.
This is the first time I've ever seen a lily of the valley in real life. Each little blossom is only about as big as my pinky nail.
I thought I'd missed all the daffs (sadly I did miss the croci this year, that's the correct plural of crocus in my brain), but here are a couple of late bloomers at the school a block away from us. They have a whole line of daffs along the fence (mostly past their prime now). I almost didn't go back out to get this picture today after walking the dogs because of the headache, but I'm so glad I did because THIS:
Isn't that gorgeous? I never even noticed this tulip until I was on my way back home from the daffodils today. It's in a small planter in front of a house, you can see the flint on the front of the house behind the flowers, blurry in the background. I'm kind of in love with this picture.
And here's a vertical shot too, but I think I like the first one better.
That same house also has climbing roses and wisteria, both of which have just started blooming. Usually the wisteria goes first and blooms for a hot minute and then the roses take over without too much overlap, but there are a couple of early flowers on both of them.
I'll have to wait a bit longer to get pictures of the lavender blooming since that's usually around June or so.
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