Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tulips and Lilacs

Aside from one extremely hot day, the weather has been fairly spring-like here, perhaps on the whole a little cooler than usual. And it has been windy — very windy. So windy that our decrepit fence seemed to be in great danger the other night, swaying back and forth.

With the more seasonal weather, the tulips have arrived in our front garden. I did some playing around with textures to try to add a bit of pizzazz to the photos.

In the backyard, our lilac bush has also come into bloom.

The two raised stepping stones were made by the kids for Mothers Day, and Shauna gave her the pot of yellow begonias (above and below).

You have no doubt noticed that we have no grass back there. Living in a townhouse, we grew tired of pushing the lawnmower the somewhat long route around neighbours properties from the front to the back. That plus the fact that the soil and lawns are not exactly great here caused us to mulch the yard last year, and we are happy enough with that solution.

As a parting shot here are closer shots of the two stepping stones from the kids. They are too fragile to actually step on, but they add a nice touch.


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

While grass might look more colorful than the mulch, I can understand and appreciate the less work. The tulip effects were quite stunning.

Mara said...

That top tulip photo is brilliant. Love it.

Well, at least that is one snail you won't mind having in your garden. Colourful and fun.

Marie Smith said...

The best kind of yards can't be mowed in my opinion! Smart move.

Tabor said...

I like what you did with the tulips. I should post some of the flowers in my yard this year. I have an abundance now before the hot weather.

Debbie said...

your backyard is beautiful!!! lilacs and tulips, 2 of my favorites!!!

Jenn Jilks said...

How sweet!

Mage said...

They are gay and colorful and full of love.
Yes, I wondered about the mulch.

Jenn Jilks said...

I like your backyard idea.
When we lived in Nepean, I was halfway to converting my front yard from grass to foliage.
My mother's day was less than stellar.
My daughter brought me a pole for the bird feeder, but I had to take it down due to the bear.

Kay said...

I really love what you did with those two tulips shots!