Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

With spring blossoms comes pink snow. Not really, but it sure looked like it had snowed on the ground and plants when a strong wind began to blow the petals from the dwarf crabapple tree.

Rather pretty at this stage until they turn brown and start to decompose but I won't show you that when it happens. Pretty things, happy thoughts...
New red maple leaves backlit by the sun caught my attention one morning - one of life's magic moments.
I took these photos with my phone while at our garden club plant sale at the arboretum.  I told hubby I wouldn't mind some of the wild lilacs from the bushes growing in the upper meadow. 
What a sweet guy, he brought home enough to fill two vases. Above is the one that ended up on the kitchen table.

You can imagine the fragrance throughout the house.
While parking my car for a class I busted this little beast, a pileated woodpecker, digging a huge hole in a beautifully carved tree. 
 We've had enough rain this spring that the backyard is starting to look like a jungle. This peony is about four feet tall, double what it was last year! My, it will be June 1 tomorrow already.
Happy Gardening everyone and...
Take time for tea


  1. The pink ground is beautiful. I swear I could smell lilac when I saw your photos.

  2. I want a crabapple tree! I love the pink snow!

  3. Amazing colors. First and second image are like out of a fairy tale.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  4. Hello, I love the pink snow! Very pretty. Cool capture of the Pileated Woodpecker, they are great yard visitors. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your magic moments!

  6. Those petals on the ground are amazing! Beautiful! A sea of lavender, Sis! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

  7. Oh Judith, the first two pictures reminded me of a fairytale. The ground and trees look so beautiful!

    Your lilacs are simply lovely and I'm sure they smell heavenly. I have lilac bushes in my yard, but sadly they froze this year. I will just enjoy yours {{smiles}}

    Hugs to you!

  8. Images from the fairyland! In the second photo, there's a path that takes you to a magical place.
    As you know, I have a crabapple tree... Let's see if it ever will have enough flowers for a pink snow... :)
    The lilacs look gorgeous and your vases are really beautiful too.
    Happy gardening, dear Judith!

  9. Beautiful photos! Those lilacs are so gorgeous, and so is that pink snow.

  10. I love your pink "snow," and your lilacs! Lilacs smell so good and look so beautiful. Great capture with the woodpecker, Judith! I enjoyed seeing him. Have a great rest of the week.
    Hugs, Beth

  11. Beautiful lilacs and I'm sure it was lovely inside, unfortunately due to allergies I can't bring them inside.

  12. Oh my! I love the pink snow! Dang, now that is a big woodpecker. You captures him so good. Love the pictures today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Your garden is filled with magical moments.

    My peonies have also been doing well...and I haven't seen too many ants yet (knock on wood!).

  14. Love those petals, Judith, as it looks like a magical fairyland! Wasn't that sweet of your hubby to bring you home the lilacs. I can remember their wonderful fragrance from living in Ohio and Michigan, but not here in Texas, I'm afraid. Enjoy being in your garden, sweet sister.

  15. Your pink snow is prettier than my white snow ( regular apple tree blossoms.) Reminds me of cherry blossom " snow." So pretty. Oh those lilacs! I can smell them from here. Ours are just beginning to bloom. It has been so cool and wet. We need some sun!

  16. Hello,Judith
    You have many flowers in your garden and one more gift, pink carpet!! So beautiful.
    You captured the woodpecker busy for digging a hole! His red head is pretty.
    Good day to you.

  17. The pink snow is just stunning, magical even. Our lilac blooms aren't nearly as prolific as last year, but I can still smell them and aren't they heaven?

  18. Oh how nice of your hubby to gather the lilacs...

    The woodpecker made me laugh...thought you were going to say he just tapped out those initials and the date. I've had the most miserable one rapping out messages on my fence. I now have oodles of unattractive things hanging where he used to be. He was driving me bonkers.

    Your pink petal path is lovely...

  19. The pink blossoms on the garden path--looks rather magical I'd say. And the lilacs look wonderful. Our hydrangeas (which to me are the closest we get to lilacs) are blooming now and look promising this year!

  20. Judith, you have no idea what a lift this beautiful post gave me on a low-energy day! Love your pink "snow" and I can just smell your beautifully arranged lilacs!

  21. Those photos are breathtaking! Don't guess I've ever seen a shower of flower petals like this before — w-o-w!

  22. Such beautiful pink snow!
    Gorgeous photographs and I can smell the lilac! Well almost ...

    My good wishes to you.
    Happy June and a Happy Weekend too.

    All the best Jan

  23. How lovely your photos are Judith! I love the second one with the blue spruce in the forefront. It does make for a magical pathway with pink snow on the ground. I sometimes get a circle of pink snow around my rose bushes. I find the sight intoxicating with the scent of them too. I do love the lilacs. Unfortunately I don't have access to them this year and I will miss them. Happy June, my friend!


  24. Pink snow is the prettiest thing when it flies through the air, and not as pretty when it dries. Just don't look!
    Those lilacs are stunning and make me want to plant a different kind in our garden. Their scent is intoxicating.

  25. Wow. It shows that you have a good sense of decoration specially for flowers. Thanks for sharing idea to have outdoor same like this one.
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  26. Hi Judith, with the petals all falling on the path, and the maple in full colour, it makes for such a romantic place to spend time. I must say that I'm a bit envious of your gorgeous lilac blooms! I love their fragrance and they are just plain beautiful as well. I hope your peony bursts into many blooms when it's time. Praying you enjoy your day in your garden!

  27. I LOVE LOVE all your flowers! I want pink snow too, so lovely. I cant belive the woodpecker...

  28. Judith, What lovely snow! That is really magical. The lilacs are lovely and must fill the house with scent. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  29. Love your pink carpet wild lilac and hopefully your fairy Godmother (or a huge gust of wind) blew them into a neat pile when they no longer looked so pretty!
    Enjoy your summer gardening Judith!
    Wren x

  30. Attach the sides with a double stick tape and then attach it to your husband's pants. Now, have your husband wear the hood on his head. Put his rubber nose in the right place. So there, Beast and Belle is now set for the ball.


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