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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Is Begining To Show Her Face


Finally Spring is showing herself around our neck of the woods.
So I thought that I would post a few photos of the beginning 
of my little home grown tulip festival :)
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 This is a little bed that is up against the house,
because it is sheltered, it's always the first to start blooming :)
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These pretty things are right by my backdoor:)
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Isn't Spring wonderful!
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 More Spring blooms.
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Believe it or not these Grape Hyacinths 
were planted in our yard some 30 plus years ago 
when the home was owned by it's previous owners :) 
Though the years they have multiplied a bit
 and are a very welcome sight each Spring :)
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My dear Steve has a progress report on Gypsy Rose.
Visit his blog and post another comment
and get your name in the Give-A-Way for a second time :)
Here's a fast link: 
http://woodworkinandgoodeats.blogspot.com/ 

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Have a wonderful week 

Stay Happy :)
Your blogging sister, Connie:)
 

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94 comments:

  1. Oh Connie......I love Tulips, and those grape hyacinths are gorgeous. I've tried to grow bulbs out here in AZ, and they do grow, but they always burn up a couple of days after blooming....it's too freakin hot out here. I shall be sending a package off to you this week thanking you for being my 400th follower. Have a lovely week.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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    1. Oh my . . . I am surprised and delighted. I will be watching the mail. It is so nice to get personal mail . . . I'm so use to only getting junk mail and bills. :)
      I'm sorry that you can't grow tulips . . . they are one of my favorites, too.
      Thank you so much . . . I'm very excited.

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  2. Spring is sprouting out here too. What beautiful flowers! There is nothing we can make that can match nature's colour palette.

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  3. Tulips are a real sign of Spring. I think grape hyacinths are one of the prettiest flowers, haven't yours done well!

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    1. I know . . . they were a big surprise the first year and since then I know they are there and I look forward to their pretty blue blooms. They look so pretty next to the yellow and red tulips :)

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  4. All your blooming flowers look beautiful! I haven't been around to visit for a while but you'll see me more now.

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    1. Hi Janet, I do hope that you visit Steve and get in on his give-a-way :)

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  5. Oh, Connie, those flowers are pure beauty :). Thank you so much for sharing! I couldn't use the give away, living across the ocean and all, but I'll be happy to visit Steve's blog and take a peek at how the work on the boat is getting on :). You know I am a follower now.

    Have a wonderful new week, my friend :).
    Maria
    Ps. I was on TV today!

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    1. Are you sure that you can not use the gift card there . . . I am sure that Amazon ships to any location in the world . . . that is the reason Steve picked that for his give-a-way.
      T.V. I'm interested . . . I'll be over to see if you post about it :)

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    2. Oh, I did not realize that :). I just never heard of Amazon, so I just assumed it was som kind of local gift card. I'll check it out if I win :).

      I didn't post about being on TV, I don't really have the courage, hehe... But here is a link if you want to check it out: http://www.svtplay.se/gudstjanst

      Of course the service is all in swedish, but you might enjoy the singing and maybe you'll recognize some of the songs? Let me know if you watch and what you think of it :).

      Have a lovely week!
      Maria

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    3. I wish that I knew Swedish . . . I looked for a translate button but could not find one. I thought they might have subtitles, so that I could read along. The music was lovely. If I watch again, how can I you :)
      Connie :)

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  6. Your tulips are beautiful, I don't know which picture i like the best! Well good for me, I didn't know you get a chance with every comment, and I commented to him earlier today, talking about cedar trees.

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    1. Hi Ginny, yes, with each new post between now and the drawing you can comment and get your name in the hat again :)

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  7. It's lovely seeing your Spring flowers blooming. I love Grape Hyacinths and planted some a few years ago. I hope I have the same success with them as you have.
    Anne xx

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    1. Hi Anne, I hope so, too. Ours have been coming back up for each year that we have lived here. That's almost 30 years now :)

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  8. Hello, Connie.
    Thank you for your visit and sweet words.
    Your Tulips and Grape Hyacinths are just beautiful... Spring is my favorite season!
    Enjoy your lovely garden.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy week ahead.
    Angela

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    1. Hi Angela, thanks for visiting and for following. I do hope you stop over to Steve's blog and put your name in the hat :) Have a wonderful week. By the way . . . one more time . . . beautiful blog :)

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  9. Your spring flowers are so welcoming and cheering! Spring has been slow coming but maybe is finally on it's way! Have a great one. Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think we are all so very ready for Spring to start showing her face :)

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  10. Connie, I went over to Steve's to see the progress on Gypsy Rose - your husband is definitely a keeper! Love your spring photos. We cannot have tulips in our neighborhood - it is the favorite delicacy of the squirrels! My neighbor was determined to have tulips for spring and wrapped the bulbs in chicken wire. The little pesky squirrels gnawed the shoots off as they emerged.

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    1. Hi Donna, yes he is certainly a keeper. I don't know how I would live without him.

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  11. Oh- Connie- It is looking like Spring at your house. I AM jealous! Beautiful photos. Off to visit the Gypsy Rose- xo Diana

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  12. Connie, your tulips are lovely, I love the red color. Mine are barely poking out of the ground, it will be a few weeks yet. Will pop over to your hubby's blog, that boat looks like quite a project but I'm sure it will be wonderful when you are done. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week, Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, It is so lovely when Spring finally starts showing herself, especially in the form of tulips. Those pretty little flowers make me smile :)

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  13. I love tulips so much. Very pretty.
    D

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  14. Good Morning Connie, There is nothing like daffodils and tulips to herald the start of Spring and yours are beauties. Here in the North of England it is still so cold....we had one warmer day on Saturday and now we are back to the coldness....brrr...I wish the warmth of Spring would hurry up as everyone is missing the sunshine.
    Have a lovely day.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Hello Daphne, here's to warmer weather, heading your way :)

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  15. Nice to see what Spring's turning on in your neck of the woods Connie.....love Tulips and yours are gorgeous.
    Grape Hyacinths are one of my favourites too....beautiful blue.

    Claire :}

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    1. Hi Claire, We had a lot of rain all weekend, so we didn't get to do any outside work on the boat, but luckily Steve could start working on the Hatch Cover, inside his shop :)
      I love my Spring blooms, they make me smile :)
      Have a great week.

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  16. Hi Connie,

    Your gardens look so nice. What is the white blooms? I noticed my day lilies are about two inches tall! The lilac bushes are starting to get leaves - I can't wait!

    Your journal page is adorable. I love the little hearts at the end of her hair.

    Glad you package arrived!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, the white flowers are called Candytuft and they comeback every year :) They are a very hardy plant.
      Thank you again for the sweet package. You're a sweetie pie :)

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  17. Such beautiful flowers! Nothing like that blooming here yet. Just some little bits of green starting to poke out of the ground.

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    1. Hi Melanie, it won't be long . . . we all know that April showers bring May flowers, right :)

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  18. Hi Connie,
    Love your pretty tulips and hyacinths. (Thats a snazzy boat too!)
    Dorothy and Wilma

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  19. Hi Connie. Thanks so much for visiting and being the one to click on my #100 mark!! You have some beautiful flower photos and I will be sure to scroll through your posts.

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    1. Hello Denise, thanks so much for following . . . I am delighted to have you as my new blogging sister :)

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  20. I love your tulips and other flowers Connie!

    Grape hyacinths are everywhere in our front garden, they really spread.

    I love the colour but not the quantity.

    Sft x

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    1. Thank you for stopping by . . . Love your blog . . . have a great day :)

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  21. Hi Connie...thanks for joining by blog....I hope you will add me to your blog list. I joined yesterday. Your flowers are lovely...

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    1. Hi Meggie, I would be delighted to add you to my blog-list :)

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  22. How lovely to see some tulips and grape hyacinths! Your spring flowers are way ahead of ours here in the UK, we're having a terrible spring here with hardly any sunshine, so its lovely to see yours - thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week Connie and enjoy those flowers - lovely photos!
    Gill xx

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    1. Hello Gill, I am wishing very hard . . . to send you a day filled with warm sunshine . . . sometimes wishes do come true :)

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  23. Look at those pretty flowers and that boat is something special! x

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  24. Your garden is well ahead of ours, here in East Anglia! We have had a terrible winter, but it seems finally to be coming to an end and I'm looking forward to getting out there.

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    1. Hello Marianne, our weather is still pretty cool, but still nice for getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Thank you, so much for following my blog. I love making new friends :)

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  25. A boat is quite a project but I have faith she will be sailing under blue skies by June. :)

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    1. Hello Diane, We certainly hope so. Yesterday we got a package in the mail, things we order for the boat re-do and they were wrong. So now we have to reorder and send this package back. That is the fate of living in a small town over 100 miles from any major shopping. We are still optimistic about having her done by June . . . even with this delay. It might just be the end of June, LOL. Thank you so much for following my blog. i greatly appreciate your friendship and encouragement :)

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  26. Yay, spring! Love the flowers you've posted and I'm going to check out the wood working. What a job that must be.

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    1. Hi Amy, it is going to me a big job . . . but wonderful rewards in seeing the finished boat and in sailing through the summer months :) Thanks for stopping in :)

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  27. I'm sorry, I don't think there is any translate button to find :(. I'm playing the piano and singing a song I wrote. It's about the crusifiction and that Jesus died for my sins, even though He himself never did anything wrong. Thank you so much for watching :)!
    /Maria

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    1. I'm going back and watching again so I can see you performing. God bless you :)

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  28. Love all the beautiful tulips and greenery in your yard. I'd never seen Grape Hyacinths before--gorgeous! I lost a lot of my yard plants this year to a big freeze (several nights in the 20's). We don't usually do freezes here in Southern Arizona. When we do they sure take a toll. I had everyone tucked in nice and tight under sheets but some still kicked the bucket and went to the big compost bin in the sky. I vowed not to replace anything but hubby is clucking over the loss of one of the bougainvillaeas. Love your journal pages, so bright and cheery! And yes, spring is here with the exception of today when we dropped out of our high 80's for a 70 degree high, but we'll climb back up the rest of the week.

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    1. I lived in Tucson when I was 13 years old. I loved it and I remember the sunsets being the most incredible that I have ever seen. . . even to this day. That's 54 more years of sunsets, LOL. I am excited to have you as a follower and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through blogging :)

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  29. Beautiful flowers and photos! Live your page too!!!!

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    1. Hi Anita and thank you so much :)

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  30. Evening Connie! I have a soft spot for Tulips!! LOVE them~~~~they were my Daddys favorite. When I see them, I always think of him. Your flowers are beautiful...I'm glad SPRING is showing her pretty face! Hoppin' over to see whats goin on with Gypsy Rose! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, it is so good to hear from you . . . I do hope that everything is going well in your neck of the woods:) Have a lovely day.

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  31. Hi Connie! Your flowers are so beautiful. How exciting to have the Gypsy Rose. I can't wait to see the before and after pictures of her refurbishing. I may be too late for the contest, but I am on my way over to Steve's blog now. Thank you so much for writing and visiting me; I'm sorry that I am so behind.

    Hugs,

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I realize how busy you are with your new job . . . Thanks for stopping by, and do go put your name in the hat . . . Steve will be drawing on April 15th :) So, very nice to hear from you :)

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  32. Hi Connie! Thanks for the compliments on my blog and thanks for following me. I'm looking forward to roaming around your blog.

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    1. Hi Stevie, I am delighted to have you as a follower. I hope you take a minute and visit my husband's blog and get in on his give-a-way . . . it's his first and he's real excited about doing it :)
      Have a wonderful and creative day.

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  33. Oh you lucky lady! We are at least a month away from tulips here. Today it is like 35 degrees - it feels like November. Love your journal art today!

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    1. Hi Karen, and thank you. I do wish that I could send you some Spring weather :)

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  34. Hey Connie, your tulips are so lovely. I never plant them but admire them in other's yards.....thank you so much for visiting my blog and following me...I am now following you...so nice to meet you..
    Love, Mona

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    1. Hi Mona, it is great to have you as a follower :) and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through blogging :)

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  35. I'm glad to see that spring is somewhere, because it's nowhere to be seen in these parts! Snowy and blustery today. Will it never end... Thanks for visiting Cranberry Morning. I'm now following you, too! :-)

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    1. Oh, I do wish that I could send you a warm and sunny Spring day :) Thanks for following :)

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  36. Your tulips are so pretty. Ours are just getting ready to pop open. Even though my allergies don't like all of the blossoms, I am loving them.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, spring is always a time that I have to carry a tissue in my pocket everywhere I go. There is always something in bloom. Thanks for visiting :)

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  37. Wow, Connie, what a fun piece of art. Love that "red" hair! Your spring photos are awesome. Tulips do not grow well here since the deer think they are ice cream or cake. But I do have some in pots in my window given to me for Easter. They are now blooming and pretty. Your garden is gorgeous.

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    1. Hello, Faye, it is so sweet to have you visit. Happy Spring:)

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  38. How fun is this? So beautiful and bright and I love the lips! So enjoyed your photos, as well!

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    1. Hi Lori, thanks so much for stopping by . . . I love company :)

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  39. tHANK U FOR STOPPING BY,LOVE YOUR FLOWERS !

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    1. Hi Connie- U R my kind of gal...dipping into more than one project, always, more than ONE way, eh! and love your attention to keeping the price down, yet having the work looking just as professional without the price tag to match. i am coming over so you might teach me to strum! xo

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    2. ok, second posting...love that you are eager to try more than one project! your attitude and advice reeks with a positive outcome. i am on my way over to have you teach me to strum. xo

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  40. Olá Connie,

    Fico feliz e pela visita e pelo carinho.

    Adoro flores e seu jardim está lindo.

    Aproveite a primavera, voltarei sempre.

    Bom final de semana! Lauriane

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    1. Hello, I am delighted to have you as a follower, thank you so much :)

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  41. Dear Connie, you've captured the feeling of Spring ~ I wish it was coming here, it's so cold here still :(
    I love the flower pics you've posted!

    Have a sunny day!
    Hugs,
    Gaby

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    1. Hello Gaby, happy sunny day, right back at you . . . Thanks so much for visiting :)

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  42. Hi Connie,
    Thank you for finding my blog and directing me to your fabulous blogs!!
    You are one creative lady and I love all the re-purposing you are up too!!
    Thank you for your sweet comments about my art work.
    I love how creative you are and cannot wait to see how your boat turns out!
    Will be seeing you in blogland!
    Enjoy your day,
    Barb

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    1. Hi Barb, I am thrilled to have you as a follower and looking very forward to getting to know you better. Thanks you for the lovely comment.

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  43. Thanks Connie for your sweet comment, your journal page is so beautiful, a real spring page, love your wonderful flower photos.
    Hugs Anni

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  44. Hi Connie, thank you so much for the return visit and for following my blog. I am now following you as well. I really appreciate your comment. Your flower photos are just beautiful.

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    1. Hello Linda, it is wonderful to get a visit and to have you as a follower. I am looking very forward to getting to know you better :)

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