At Last

At last, the skies above are blue. ~Mack Gordon

At last, spring has arrived.

At last, flowers are blooming.

At last, the dawn chorus of birds is deafening.

At last, I am in the garden.

Although this song has been playing in my head for the past few days, no one can sing it quite like Etta James. Β Enjoy.

53 thoughts on “At Last

    • Claire, hellebores are wonderful plants! First to bloom here, often a month before everything else, then the blossoms continue to look lovely for a long time, with great foliage the rest of the season. I just bought a few more special ones in unusual colors, but I also have let mine seed about and have quite a stand of them at the edge of the woods. Hope you get a few more – they are worth it!

  1. Yes, yes, yes, yes! I’ve finally finished planting. I can hardly walk, I have a charlie horse in my butt, and even my finger tips hurt from lugging bags of dirt and mulch around! But who cares! Spring has sprung and my garden is gorgeous (although it is still unusually cold and I had to wrap everything up in covers the other night). Happy planting, my friend! πŸ™‚

    • Your garden sounds glorious; have you considered posting photos of it this season? I would love to see it! Our garden routines seem similar, Eleanor, especially that charlie horse part πŸ™‚ I actually took up Pilates all winter so that I would be in better shape to work in the garden; it has made a difference.

      • You are the gardener–I am a wannabe and I would be so embarassed to flaunt my little garden in front of you–you are what I want to be when I grow up. I am just glad I can get through the season having created a little space of beauty without killing off the birds, bees, and all vegetation within a twenty-mile radius. πŸ™‚ I am currently waiting for the invasion of the cicadas (which is why I planted early) so I’m trying to enjoy all my shivering plants from my kitchen nook at least since it is still to cold to sit outside. I am seriously going to consider the Pilates in the winter because I can’t continue this kind of pain in the years to come. I’ll never recouperate. Happy spring!

  2. Excellent spring photos. I can feel life returning in every living plant. Beautiful flowers and branches and bushes. And thanks for sharing Etta James

  3. Enjoy your wonderful blooms. I hope they bring much-needed color to your spring days. And I LOVE this song. One of my all-time favs and, you’re right, no one sings it like Etta!

    P.S. we are still under a wintry blanket of snow with blustery winds. I soooo long to be walking in my garden. I’m trying hard to keep my spirits up during these gray days. πŸ˜‰

  4. I love seeing the daffodils and crocuses! Thanks for posting these wonderful spring photos Lynn!
    I am sure you have waited long enough to see the first signs of spring in bloom!

  5. Wonderful song and singer and nice to to see that someone has got spring even if we haven’t. The whole relaxed upbeat feeling was slightly marred by a targeted ad over the clip offering me insurance against my funeral costs. Do they know something about me that I don’t know yet.

  6. Hmmm. We have a few birds now, busy at making homes and families. There are great expanses of lawn visible, but still beaten down from the weight of snow. Puddles are abundant. However, no green, no color yet, and 6″ of snow forecast over the next few days.
    Thanks for sharing your spring.

    • It took a long while for spring to start here; we are about 3-4 weeks behind our normal temperatures and blooms. The hardest part is where you are now; you know it is coming, the signs have begun, but it isn’t quite there yet. You can visit my spring anytime, if that helps. πŸ™‚

  7. Blooming good signs, all!
    Of course, spring is bound to spring a cold snap in the seats of pants, just when you are lulled into tralalas.
    Have been listening to your Christmas pieces, though, and they almost made me wish it was that again.

    • Ah Colonialist, we are probably due for an April snow, but everything is coming out so late, it shouldn’t do much damage. You are probably moving into the winter months now. Glad you are enjoying the Christmas pieces πŸ™‚

      • We are lucky that where we live the autumn and early winter months provide some of the best beach days – warm water and balmy (if really short) days.

  8. Well, I think I sound a lot like Etta when I’m belting it out in the shower, but for some reason the cats howl and the dogs hide under the couch…guess they don’t know soul when they hear it…or something. What glorious photos, Lynn! I love those daffs and have never met a hellebore I didn’t love…so lovely! Thank you. Not here yet, but coming soon to a garden near me. πŸ™‚

  9. Interesting that I see this Monday night, because after an evening walk, we were looking at some of the things starting to poke their head out from the ground. Well, yesterday we could say anything, so today was a major change!

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