...and all these little surprises keep happening in our yard. The best thing about the 1st year in a new home and city is the way the landscape changes with the seasons. I didn't expect as much drama in this climate. Boy, was I wrong!
North Carolina is such a beautiful place to begin with. I was in awe of the painted sunsets that shone through our lichen-covered tree trunks right out of our back windows all through the winter.
And now, look what Spring has brought us! I can hardly see the kids through the woods as they explore and collect caterpillars for their leaf-filled keeper. I can't wait until they build their cocoons!
We thought this small and delicate tree was a crape myrtle, right outside the office window. Upon returning from our trip to Gatlinburg we discovered that it is a beautiful little white flowering dogwood, it's flowers had popped within the previous 3 days! It is such a gorgeous tree and I'm so happy we have one. Dogwoods are also the state tree!
If ever there was a Wisteria Lane... They climb the trees here, (these are at least 60-75 feet tall) and it's absolutely breathtaking to see the spots where it's just taken over!
Here's a close-up of the flowers, aren't they so pretty?
We had a steep warm up (90s) a few weeks ago, but now it is closer to the norm, low 70s. Chris has been busy planting trees and shrubs, 18 to be exact. We almost have the natural border on one side of our house complete. We're just waiting for the nursery to get in some Dawn Redwoods. They'll go in the spaces with no bark at present. Hopefully in the next week or so!
And possibly my favorite part about Spring is that it is now berry and melon season! I made a strawberry shortcake for a girlfriend/birthday lunch at our house yesterday. Such a simple, yet delicious treat!
What do you love about Spring?