Spring is in my garden. All of the hyacinth, daffodils, iris and crocus have come up. And now, my tulips have started to bloom. I am so excited. After a long, cold, dark, rainy winter, it is refreshing to see new life and color in the world. And now that my tulips are blooming, the air is starting to warm up and the grass is turning green again, I am refreshed.
Soon, all of my tulips will be open and bobbing their colorful heads. Next will come the rhodys, hydrangea, roses and lillies. Bring on the Spring and soon the Summer will be here and all will be warm and bright.
As we move from Spring into Summer, many of nature’s creatures are more active and consequently, closer to us. There are a family of robins that occupy my yard and search for worms each day now to feed their babies. There is a family of sparrows that eat berries from my front yard. The bees and butterflies are all over my lavender, rhodies and azaleas! And when I went to the marina this past weekend, I saw a seal!
I went down to the marina, on the sound, with a beautiful view out to the ocean and the majestic Olympic Mountains, as I often do, and ate at Anthony’s Woodfire, one of my favorite fine dining spots. They have great seafood there and a wonderful view of the water and sunsets. I took a walk after dinner, along the marina, as I often do, watching sailboats go by, when I spotted a seal in the water! He was like a stealth submarine, and he most certainly was swimming in the marina water to find some fish an unwary fisherman may left out. He looked at me and flashed his big eyelashes just long enough for me to get a picture, before he submerged again and disappeared.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.
It has been so beautiful here, the weather has been fine, the sun has been shining, and all the summer flowers in my garden are popping up and some are even budding. But the one thing in my neighborhood that marks the official start of summer is when the hot air balloons go up not only at dusk to watch the sunset, but they also go up in the warm, summer morning to watch the sunrise!
With the longer days, warm nights, and weather turning finer by the day, it is time for me to get out and explore again. I love to go hiking and exploring outdoors when the weather is nice. This weekend I plan to go to deception pass and explore the ocean shores, forests and rocky climbs. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend!
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.
It was Dylan Thomas who wrote, “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, and learned too late they grieved it on its way, do not go gentle into that night.”
I took this as an inspiration to not go gentle into any situation, meaning that I will not give up or give in, I will always strive to succeed and better myself, to do kind things to my fellow-man, and only compromise if both parties benefit good and reap a fair result. As I look around me at the Spring, with the new saplings, flowers in my garden, fresh, young leaves and buds on the bushes, plants and trees, and all the world bursting into life, I can’t help but be filled with energy and inspiration! I look up at the bright blue sky and can feel and smell the warm sun, and I Spring forth into this new season and new period in my life. Follow me!
I planted tulips for the first time this past Autumn. It was a dark, rainy, grey day, windy, blustery and cold. And after I filled each hole with a bulb and added potting soil, I watered them…and waited. Like raising a child, I raised these tulips, weeding, nurturing, feeding, allowing them room to grow, pruning, and finally, the full independence and strength of each tulip came through and they flowered into beautiful, scented, huge glory!
I measured my tallest tulip and it comes to 30 inches! There are no other tulips in the world as tall as mine! Just like there is no other child in the world like my son! All the hard work, gardening and parenting has paid off! Please click below to see the measurement video on Youtube:
Words, photo and video copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards
I was working in my front and back yards today, gardening, cutting the grass, checking on flower progress and suddenly, I found a little green frog! He jumped right out in front of me so I captured him in my hands, showed him to my son, then let him go!
It’s so nice to be in the yard, working on it, especially my back yard, that is shaped just like Leicester Square in London! Every time I am back there it reminds me of London. And now all my tulips are open, so colorful, and so fragrant! The crocus is fragrant as well, and so is the lavender, even though there are no flowers on it yet! The hyacinth, of which I have many colors, are full of scents also. And the weather was warm and sunny!
It’s that time of year to open up the sunroof on my car and cruise! All the Winter cold is gone. The moon is full. My tulips are open and myh lavendar and the rest of my garden are blossoming into color and life! It’s 60 degrees every day and it’s even balmy at night!
So get out there and enjoy the blue skies and sunshine. Go travel, hike, explore or just sit outside on your porch or take and breathe it all in. This is one of the best seasons of the year and it only comes once a year so drink it all in while you can!