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Spring Comes to My Garden

March 21, 2009

While waiting for a cake* to bake this afternoon I went out into the garden and realized that in just a few days things hav really started to happen.  Here are some sketches of the earliest flowers to bloom.  Yay – Spring!!!

The thing that caught my eye was that the camelia bushes seem to have bloomed overnight :

We’ve had crocuses for over a week – my husband planted them all over the lawn, which is pretty but not very practical for mowing!

I hadn’t noticed before that the daffodils had bloomed :

And I don’t know what this flower is called, but the snails have obviously been munching on the leaves for a while already!

*  This is off topic for this blog, but if you, like me, are watching your carbohydrate consumption, here is a link to an amazing web site with wonderful low carb recipes made with simple ingredients.  The cake was delicious!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2009 5:54 pm

    These charming paintings are the personification of spring! I love that your husband planted crocuses all over the lawn. Sometimes beauty simply has to come before function! 🙂

  2. March 21, 2009 8:24 pm

    Beautiful sketches

  3. March 22, 2009 1:21 am

    This sure says “spring” to me! Lovely! They’re all beautiful. I, too, am seeing tulips blooming here, along with daffodils. I’m in heaven.

  4. March 22, 2009 1:26 am

    I’m so jealous of your beautiful flowers – it is still cold in New York. The tulips are approximately 6 inches tall and have several more weeks before we have huge beds of them everywhere.

  5. March 22, 2009 2:07 am

    So bright, beautiful and happy! Spring really has arrived.

  6. March 22, 2009 5:40 am

    Beautiful and fresh, Casey. Spring has sprung!

  7. March 22, 2009 12:18 pm

    These are so colourful and gorgeous! Thanks for the link, I’m low carb too. I’ve been obsessing about foods for a couple of weeks after some problems and have just this morning thrown out some cartons of a probiotic drink containing aspartame. On first glance I noticed a few recipes call for sweeteners. Looks like a great site though and I’ve saved it to go through later!

  8. March 22, 2009 12:22 pm

    Love your flower sketches… just lovely.

  9. March 22, 2009 1:42 pm

    Thanks for visiting everyone!
    Felicity, you’re right – sweeteners are always a problem with low carb. I try to use erythritol (ordered from the States) or stevia, both of which are natural, if I can – but I figure anything’s better than sugar. I’m sure it would be way better just not to eat sweets, but I’m so weak……

  10. March 22, 2009 5:57 pm

    Festive flowers! Spring hasn’t arrived here yet, so it’s great to get a preview!

  11. March 22, 2009 6:04 pm

    Wowee! Are you sure these weren’t made with stained glass? Stunning and brilliant, a wonderful way to wake up and enjoy spring! It’s very springlike here today: bright, sunny and windy. So why am I indoors at the computer?! I took a look at the biscuits website. I’m following a low cholesterol diet right now and surprisingly really enjoying it. It’s sort of the anti-low carb diet though — lots of whole grains, beans and veges and fruit. Maybe to keep it on topic I’ll do some sketching of beans and grains in jars.

  12. March 23, 2009 10:18 am

    Casey, these are stupendous!!! Your anticipation of the cake seems to have opened your eyes wide! Is this the first spring of the new garden? I’ve lost track, but I know it’s either the first or the second.
    Btw, in September I want us to go to Villandry–it rained the first time I was there. Your sketches made me think of being in your beautiful garden and in that other, slightly more famous, one ;D.

  13. caseytoussaint permalink*
    March 23, 2009 3:43 pm

    This is the first Spring with the new garden, and it’s really exciting watching it start to bloom. Villandry sound great – especially in the fall. the last time I went there it rained as well, but it was still gorgeous. And there’s a wonderful little restaurant right next door…….

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