Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Blossoms

by Shanna Hatfield

Next to roses, I love spring flowers the best. The first flowers of the season make my heart smile and remind me that warmer days have arrived and winter is now behind us.
About the time the crocuses bloom, our little Johnny Jump-Ups start jumping up in the flower beds. I never tire of their cheery little faces. These flowers always make me think of my grandpa. He enjoyed gardening and had beautiful flowers growing in immaculate beds, but there always seemed to be an abundance of these happy little blooms.

Violets make me want to look under the green leaves and purple blossoms to see if fairies lurk beneath the foliage, waiting for me to leave so they can resume their dancing.

Although we don't have any forsythia planted in our yard, it sneaks through the neighbor's fence. I'm okay with that because I enjoy seeing the bright yellow blooms.

 Hyacinths carry such a wonderful scent. In some ways, I associate spring with that sweet, spicy fragrance.

 Admittedly, I love daffodils. To me, they seem like such a lady-like flower with their delicate ruffles and willowy stems.

 And then there are tulips. Mine haven't bloomed yet, but I look forward to seeing them each year.

 When I first met Captain Cavedweller, his mom had a huge flowerbed in her backyard, landscaped with hundreds of tulips. I think I fell in love with them right along with her son!

These tulips come from bulbs that were originally grown by CC's great grandmother. When their colorful blossoms stretch toward the sky, it makes me stop and wonder if she ever gazed at them on a warm, sunny day and appreciated the flowers of spring.

What's your favorite spring blossom?

A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.
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  1. Thanks for sharing such a bright and beautiful bouquet of flowers via pictures! I love them all! :)

    1. Thanks, Ginny! I think spring flowers are so, so pretty and cheerful. Happy almost spring to you!

  2. Such gorgeous flowers. I am longing for spring!!!

    1. Sending you wishes for warm weather and spring to arrive soon!

  3. In our yard, the red tulips were my favorites, although the smell of Lily-of-the-Valley always made me smile and stop to pluck just a few to put into a bottle on the windowsill. The bed of purple iris had been there for decades. Thanks for the cheerful photos, Shanna!

    1. I need to add Lily-of-the-Valley to my spring flowers. My aunt loved iris and had every color. They were so pretty! And you can't go wrong with red tulips! :)