Monday, March 12, 2012

Emergence


Spring is the season of emergence.

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Definition of spring: to come into being by growth; the earliest or freshest time of something; the transition between winter and summer


Easter is named after the Teutonic goddess, Eastre or Eostre, the spring goddess for renewal and fertility.


hydrangea

Persephone is the goddess of spring growth and bounty in Greek mythology. She is forced to spend part of the year in the underworld with her husband, Hades. When she returns to the earth in spring, flowers bloom and growth begins. Her return to the underworld in winter is marked by the dying of plants and the pause of growth.

hydrangea

Spring is the emergence from rest, from hibernation, from a pause.


The garden begins to breathe, to grow...


Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

clematis

Plants seek the sun. They open up their arms, fingers...

maple

Buds form before offering flower displays...

ornamental cherry

In Roman mythology, Flora is the goddess of flowers and spring.


Carolina jasmine

When spring begins, rest is over and production and growth begin...

crocus

Color begins to adorn the garden...

crocus

Life is evident and unmistakable...

Narcissus

Spring is here in all its glory and sunshine...


Bloom season has begun...


It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~ Charles Dickens

I am joining Donna at Garden's Eye View for her Seasonal Celebrations blog meme. She hosts this meme on the first of the month prior to the equinox or solstice.

March 15 is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and I am joining in with this display from my garden. See what other garden bloggers have blooming from gardens all over the world.

I am also joining Diana at Elephant's Eye for her Dozen for Diana meme. My favorite plant this month has to be narcissus. The daffodils are making a wonderful early show.

© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter

76 comments:

  1. Oh I love this post Michelle...you have captured the essence of spring and the feelings I have during this time...thx for joining in!!!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. The blooms were inspiring. It is nice to see life begin in the garden.

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  2. Just lovely. Poetic perfection. Thank you.

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    1. You are welcome...thank you, Sandy, for your kind comment.

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  3. All your new buds and blooms are just so lovely! I love the tie to mythology too! After reading your previous post on voles and seeing all your lovely daffodils I am planning on adding a lot of bulbs to my garden in the fall. Thanks for the inspiration! (My husband is a big Lewis Grizzard fan so I had to smile at your quote)

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I hope it all works out for you. I have never had any problems with daffodils. The squirrels never dig them up.

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  4. Beautiful photos and reflections as always. Daffodils are just poking through the surface of the soil here.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I hope you see blooms very soon. Spring seems to be visiting many places earlier than usual.

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  5. Spring is still in hiding here, but we did enjoy record mild temperatures yesterday. Hopefully, she will put in an appearance any day now. I especially admire your images of the daffodils. I can practically smell the soft fragrance!

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    1. I hope you see your spring blooms very soon. We have had record high temps as well.

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  6. What a beautiful sight to see, all those spring blooms and fresh earth. We still have a ways to go (expecting 10cm of blowing snow tomorrow) but it's definitely in the air and I can't wait!

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    1. It is nice to enjoy the spring blooms. They draw me back into the garden. Enjoy your bit of snow!

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  7. I agree beautiful images and reflections. So many blooms are welcoming Spring, my favorite is your crocus.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I am surprised by the crocus. I have still a few that escaped the voles.

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  8. Michelle: This post took my breath away! The macros of the new blooms are so powerful--just about to explode! Great post!

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  9. Thanks for the eye candy. I was going to say the top-down view of the hydrangea leaves opening was my favorite, but then there was the Carolina Jasmine, and then the white crocus. But my real favorite was the blue striped crocus. Wow! I also enjoy the wider angle views to see what your garden looks like but great macros always just grab me.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. I tend to favor macros of flowers and plants as well, but when the daffodils bloom it is nice to see them from the long view.

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  10. Beautiful! Spring looks so pretty in your garden, and all your pictures are gorgeous. Loved hearing about the different goddesses. Persephone would be thrilled to come up and see all these beautiful blooms!

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    1. Thanks, Holley. Things are growing fast at these unusually warm temperatures. It is amazing to watch.

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  11. So many pretty blooms in your garden! I like all of them! SPring is definaetly in your garden!

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    1. Spring is here whether the calender says so or not. Thanks, Malar.

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  12. All the signs of Spring are wonderful to see! That was a great read and certainly gives the tropical gardeners an insight into the amazing transformation that Spring brings in your part of the world. Here it's not such a huge change and it's not viewed with such affection and longing. Beautiful photos, as always.

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    1. I never thought about it that way, Bernie. I suppose we often admire you tropical region dwellers because you have blooms and growing plants all year round.

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  13. Your pictures which herald the arrival of Spring are simply stunning, (the words are not bad as well) that is an understatement! I do like your stripy Crocus.

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    1. Thanks, Alistair. Many times I do not get to see the underside of the crocus, but I got out early enough to see that the underside is just as beautiful as the inside.

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  14. Lovely photos, indeed! I had to laugh at the Lewis Grizzard quote "...March winds are the morning yawn." March winds here are pretty fierce... guess we have quite a day ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Tufa Girl. We had some fierce winds a few days ago, but now it is pretty calm. I am sure the winds will return...

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  15. how funny--great minds think alike with the Dickens quote! :)

    I like the mythology references--makes me want to go to the library and check out books on Greek & Roman mythology. I haven't read any of that since I was in school. Beautiful photos of spring emerging in your garden. I'm anxious to see a few more signs of spring in mine.

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    1. Thanks! I have always enjoyed mythology, and it seemed so appropriate for the emerging of spring.

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  16. This time of year is so beautiful...the miracle of emergence is fascinating...the timing and small delicacies...I love it too!

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    1. Thanks, Cat. Spring draws me in and holds me captive...

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  17. Oh how I hunger for the spring but in my part of the world the snow is barely melting. I am entirely astonished that in your magic garden the flowers are already in bloom. There must be something in the air Michelle :).

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    1. Thanks, unikorna. We have had unusually warm temperatures this winter and spring, so things are coming out early...

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  18. Hooray for Spring! You've captured the emerging buds and leaves so beautifully in those photos - images full of life and promise.

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    1. Spring is such a magical time to observe as plants open, blooms appear, and the garden beds fill in.

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  19. Your pictures are wonderful. I joined your blog, and look forward to seeing more.

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  20. Absolutely glorious photos. Love your references to mythology too. Spring has sprung.

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    1. Indeed...spring has definitely sprung. Thanks, Crystal. I am looking forward to working in the garden...

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  21. A lovely post, and beautifully illustrated with all your spring photos too.

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    1. Thanks, Clare. With these warm temps, things will be moving along very quickly. The local weather broadcaster said our temps are the same as June...

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  22. Wonderfully said! It's like a long awaited birth, minus all the blood and screaming. :o) Truly gorgeous photos!!

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    1. LOL...I suppose it is. The plants do it rather quietly...

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  23. Just found this via Icerocket. Will tuck you in Friday's post!

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    1. Icerocket...just went there...neat! I will be over on Friday...

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  24. What lovely pictures! I especially love all of the close ups of your budding plants! Although it is still strange to see everything sprouting so soon. I clearly need to go out and shoot some more pictures of my garden. :)

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    1. It feels strange to me as well, but I am loving it!

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  25. Yes, bloom season has begun! I love your garden and the brick path. Thanks for your comment on my GBBD post. You mentioned that your hellebore clumps aren't as big. Mine were smaller last year. I think they get a bit bigger each season. I've seen some larger ones in other bloggers' photos.

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    1. I think it takes time...my garden is only 7 years old.

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  26. What wonderful pictures. Your garden is just amazing and spring is certainly emerging there.

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    1. Thanks Birdwoman. Spring has come with a vengeance...

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  27. aloha,

    love all the beautiful macros, especially the crocus with the white and purple - stunning!

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    1. Thanks Noel. I am partial to the macros...stopping time to see my blooms closely.

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  28. A really lovely post and a beautiful way to present your Spring Blooms (which are all lovely!).

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    1. Thanks, Christine. Spring is definitely here.

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  29. Wonderful macro shots, liked the crocuses especially. Lovely with the link to mythology, added a nice touch :-) Happy Bloom Day to you too!

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    1. Thanks, Helene. I do not have many crocuses, so it is nice to have a few to enjoy.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! I so like how you tied in so many references to Spring along with your own take. I too, had to do a double take on the shot of the crocuses. It is my favorite!

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    1. Thanks! Crocus have so many sides...fun to photograph.

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  31. Fantastic photograph's and the background information learns me a lot.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Marijke

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    1. Thanks, Marijke...I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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  32. You have captured Spring emerging just beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Darla. Spring has come so quickly.

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  33. You have captured the essence of spring very eloquently.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. It is easy to sing a spring song with so much blooming.

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  34. lovely photos of spring! that image of the crocuses about to unfurl their leaves is spectacular!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. The crocuses were a treat!

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  35. Simply stunning - you have captured Spring perfectly!

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    1. Thanks PJ Girl...not hard with the beauty of spring.

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  36. As always, gorgeous photos -- but the words were spectacular. I think we can all agree that spring is also the season when gardeners emerge. :) Happy Spring.

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    1. I like your words about spring being the season for the emergence of gardeners as well.

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  37. Spring is coming! I liked a small blue figure between daffodils.
    Nadezda

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    1. Thanks, Nadezda. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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  38. Cudownie wiosnę pokazałaś, która jest tuż, tuż. Pozdrawiam, serdecznie. *** Wonderful spring you showed, which is just around the corner. Yours, sincerely.

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    1. Thanks, Giga. Spring is here in all its glory and sunshine.

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I see 'em bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world'
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