Home to signs of spring

A few days in Lake Placid, New York shows ice still covers many streams,


And snow still covers much ground, particularly really high ground like a distant mountain peak.

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Up north, spring snow sports like downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating are in full swing, but warming  temperatures will soon push these winter activities into memory. There’s no doubt that Lake Placid is in a beautiful region, but my heart welled with springtime when I came home to these …

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My little batch of iris reticulata had just started to poke their tiny green shoots out of the ground when I left, and just 4 days later they were in full bloom.  Great to come home to.

10 comments for “Home to signs of spring

  1. March 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The color on that iris is a wonder to behold!

  2. March 11, 2010 at 12:07 am

    My iris reticulata isn’t blooming yet, but I did see green shoots. Mine is very purple, not the deep rich blue of your gorgeous iris. Can’t wait for mine to show now! I love the paper birch trunks in your photo… they almost look silky.

  3. joenesgarden
    March 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thanks, Jean. I’ll bet you are anxious for some color in your Maine gardens.

  4. joenesgarden
    March 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Laurrie, I’m intrigued by the bark of paper birch, and there are so many to choose from in upstate New York so I tend to try to capture them digitally.

    I bet your iris reticulata blooms soon … don’t forget to watch for it.

  5. March 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I’ve always loved going away for a few days in the spring because the changes back at home are so profound. I love the color of your iris, such an intense blue for the spring. I don’t have any iris reticulata but I may need to plant some for next year so I can enjoy that burst of color in my garden too.

  6. joenesgarden
    March 11, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Iris reticulata blossoms don’t last long, Debbie, but bring such a bright relief after the gray and brown of winter that I’m thrilled to see their short burst of color.

  7. March 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The peeling bark on those birch trees is something to behold. Reminds me of home. The Iris reticulata, not so much. I have them planted in my garden, but said garden is buried under a couple feet of snow, and it’s still snowing. (Insert sigh here)

    Christine in Alaska

  8. joenesgarden
    March 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Christine, so sorry your garden is snow-bound. I’ll keep posting photos so you can live through mine until yours awakens. And one of the cool things about the birch tree is that each bit of bark is so different in color and texture.

  9. March 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed Lake Placid, too, although I’ve only gone in the summer.

  10. joenesgarden
    March 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    That’s funny, fern, I’ve only been to Lake Placid during winter.

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