Spring beauty

Don't you just love this time of year? I sure do. It seems like as I round every corner in our garden, I'm met with blooming trees, bulbs and spring-blooming perennials. Even though our weather has been rather odd for the past few weeks -- with plenty of temperature extremes -- we're certainly enjoying a beautiful spring.

The top photo is of the 'Paul's Scarlet' hawthorn tree that anchors one of the island beds in our back garden. I love all of the tiny blossoms that look like miniature roses blooming. The next photo is of the 'Bechtel Improved' crabapple tree that anchors the other island bed, and a close-up of the blossoms. They are a peachy-pink that is a heavenly shade. (remember that you can click on any image for a larger view)