Spring seems to be here at last for good. This week the azaleas have burst into bloom along the driveway circle, with the larger white one and the light pink both fully opened up now.
Down the driveway, the later bloomers are coming out now too. Another couple of whites bloom along with multiple pinks and a few corals.
Out in the countryside, our apple trees bloomed about two weeks ago, before the two nights of freezing weather. We hope the damage wasn’t extensive. Pretty white blossoms are on this tree, while others will have a pink blush.
The orchard here had a later blooming variety.
It was a great excuse for our British Car Club to meet for a drive to see the blooms. Almost two dozen cars were eager to get out of the house on a warm and sunny day.
We set out on back roads, winding our way around to the section of Henderson county that has a lot of orchards. Apples are the primary product of this county. The apples on the right side of the photo below had only a few blooms left, mostly green leaves were showing now.
We left the apple valley area and headed into the mountains just a bit.
Lovely arbored roads with lots of shades of green.
More apple trees came into view with a mountain ridge in the background. We had a lovely drive, and then had an outdoor meal with friends before cruising back home.
Back home, we are able to get our pots back to the veranda for the season. These lovely purple pansies are so pretty and survived two nights of freezing cold nicely in the Carolina room.
The birdcage has its pot growing nicely with the celosia getting taller and the little two tone pansies filling out.
The hanging baskets are all putting out these showy blooms in bright yellow with crimson details.
The bleeding heart did well, too.
Lovely purple violas bloom profusely, much to the delight of our local bee population.
In my teacup planter, the petunias seem happy.
These pansies are out front on the brick planter. My veggies made it through the freeze too.
Then, my favorite white iris bed began to put on its show. Gorgeous aren’t they?
I have a dozen pictures of these blooms close up. They are pristine white with faint yellow beards. Lovely to behold!
The most special flower of all, the lady slippers, are both blooming now. It is such a miracle that they are here, and I marvel at the spectacle of them. They need such exacting conditions, and I hope that these two will become more next year. While I’d love to help them along, I am afraid that anything I do will destroy the delicate balance of their requirements. So I do nothing, and watch.
Springtime goes on, and more flowers are yet to come. More drives with our car clubs are planned, and we’ll begin hiking again soon to see the rhododendrons and mountain laurel on the trails. I hope your world is full of color, be that spring flowers or autumn leaves. What is going on in your garden?