Spring’s Renewal of blessings
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
Psalm 104:12,13 The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
Spring is my very favorite time of year, although I am real happy with summer and fall seasons also. I tend to want to hibernate more in the winter. Yet with the approach of Spring, birds are singing, flowers burst with color, the days start seeming longer and brighter, and everything about this time of year to me is bright and pretty. The hummingbirds start coming to the feeders, and I have an occasional red winged black bird, as well as sparrows, cardinals, chickadees and so forth. It always feels to me like God has renewed the entire earth!
One of my favorite plants is the desert rose. It’s only preference is for heat, it will bloom just as lovely with or without sun. It wants it warm. During the winter it goes into a dormant state, and looks like naked arms raised. It has a sturdy trunk and structure, a thick base and a short, squat stature. The blossoms, when they finally arrive and burst on the scene are a fuchsia pink with sometimes a white throat. Hummingbirds like them, although don’t just hover to get some of its nectar. There is no scent, and it is almost no maintenance since it grows slowly, requires little water, and in the late Fall when you bring it in, it basically goes into a room, sheds its leaves and looks forlorn. Slowly, that changes as the weather warms. The leaves appear as buds and take their time bursting forth into full leaf fruition. And then you wait longer for buds of the blossoms. But then suddenly you are greeted with this happy flower, and frequently there are many different blooms on the one shrub.
One of my other favorite Spring bushes has to be the azaleas. Oh my, the colors, the vibrancy that burst forth from these bushes. They come in white, pale pink, fuchsia, and rosy red, and even a peachy salmon color. My favorites, since I cannot possibly choose just one, is the white and the fuchsia, and maybe the rosy red too. Again, these bushes have no scent (at least to us) but they are attractive to deer, bees, and hummingbirds. My breath is snatched away in amazement often during the couple of weeks the azaleas are showing off. The vibrant colors against the rich, medium greens are so wonderful, so beautiful…a blessing. They only bloom for a few short weeks in the Spring, but for me, they are the big hurrah that proclaims we are in the renewal of the seasons.
There are irises, narcissus, forsythia, phlox and more. So much color and variety to the plants and shrubs that make one pause in appreciation. some of these photos are from my garden or plants and some are from my neighbors. I am so thankful that I have the ability to see, and the health to garden.
I’ve included some of the pictures of spring Enjoy mybellaviews.