Shabby Miss Jenn

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Doings

Spring blooms are nearly done here, but I thought I'd share what's around my yard:

The early season cherry trees were really beautiful this year:

And the lorapetalum put on quite a show as well.  Here is a photo of the nearly 5-foot tall bush in front of the house...

and here is a close-up of one of the flowers.  I think they look like exploding fireworks.
This is the later-season cherry tree that's in the backyard.  When we moved in nearly 9 years ago, it barely reached the eaves of the roof on the shed next to it.  Now it towers over that whole area.

And the phlox near that cherry tree is so pretty, nestled up in front of the day lily leaves:
The day before Easter, we went to the NC state zoo in Asheboro.  They were giving "Easter egg" treats to a number of the animals.  They blow up a ballon, cover it in paper mache and paint them to look like Easter eggs.  Once it's dry, they deflate the balloons and put snacks into the eggs, and place them around the animals' enclosures.

The cougars were such fun to watch!  They really went into hunting mode, and stalked their prey before pouncing on it and ripping it to shreds.  Here's one climbing up a tree to get the egg:
The black bears weren't quite as observant as the cougars, and it took them a while to figure out food was available.  But once they figured it out they had a ball getting their treats out.
The boys were on spring break last week, and it got into the low 90s on several of the days.  We traditionally open the pool at Easter, and by Tuesday, when it hit 92 or so, the pool was ready to use.  Ready from a balanced chemicals and clarity perspective, that is.  The water couldn't have been more than 63 degrees.  But that did not stop my boys from getting in.
They were freezing, but managed to submerge and have fun for a good 15-20 minutes before they were cold enough that the testosterone was no longer in charge of their brains.

Oh, and the dog went too...
I'll have a few scrappy creations for you tomorrow or Friday.


  1. Oh how lovely all your beautiful spring blooming trees and flowers are. We won't see any flowers on our crabapple or plum tree until May. Looks like your boys and the dog enjoyed the 'brief' time in the pool too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What great photos--thanks so much for sharing. Everything here seems to be blooming at the same time this year (very unusual). It looks beautiful but allergies are horrible! We have crabtrees, a redbud and 2 choke cherries and all the blossoms are breathtaking. Most of the daffodils are past peak but it has been the most amazing Spring! Bet your kids had fun. We were in North Minnesota a few years ago and people were in the water in late May when we had coats on!

  3. Beautiful trees and plants! Wish we had an in ground pool! We have an above ground one and my dd has no problem going into it when the water is cold either!

  4. Merci de nous faire partager ces magnifiques photos du printemps, elles sont somptueuses