Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Poppin' 2

Wild violets spread happiness by the pond.

Apple buds are ever-bursting forth.

Young peach tree shares its glory.

Cinnamon ferns unfurl their harp-like magic by the moment.

Spring poppin'

After record-breaking Winter snows and temperatures and then record-breaking heat in the mid-80's for a week, Spring is poppin' really early.

Giant Eagle has many flowering trees planted in its parking lot for all of us to enjoy. Unfortunately the flowers are all white. At the S&T bank there are white and pink trees alternating around their drive.

Magnolias are flowering abundantly and early this Spring. DH pulled off onto the berm (shoulder) of a main road for me to capture this magnolia in a yard.

A driveway was our parking spot for these gorgeous trees in a front yard. I get embarrassed pulling into someone's driveway to take pictures of their landscaping but DH says the people would be happy others enjoy their handiwork.

The daffodils are almost finished but violets, grape hyacinths and early rhododendron are blooming. Some choke cherries and pears are blooming throughout the woods. Lilacs are budding with some buds purplish already. Our peach tree is in full bloom while the cherry, crab apple and apple trees are ready to pop today or tomorrow. Ferns are uncurling in magical harp-like shapes.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Green Sweater Progress

"Fir Green" colored single ply Briggs & Little yarn is a mix of greens, blues and golds just as none of nature's colors is solid, neither is this yarn.

These pics were shot this morning before I cut the two front steeks.

Why the coiless pins? Even working in bright sunlight, I am having a great deal of trouble staying on track while crocheting my 4 steeks. Astigmatism will not win this one, so I put the coiless pins in the gutter between the stitch halves being crocheted. It's really easy now to crochet on either side of the pins and to cut the steeks! The two front steeks have now been cut, ready to be tacked. Sleeve steeks are next.

Speaking of green, here's the back yard this morning reveling in warm sun after its first mowing! Apple, peach and cherry trees are just breaking forth leaf and flower buds. The neighbor's decorative weeping cherry burst into bloom yesterday and smells soooo good!