It's been a bit dreary here in the Pacific Northwest this spring. Plenty of clouds, rain, and cold, cold, cold. But ever so slowly, the garden is awakening. Everywhere I look, I find tendrils of hope, of joy, of life. And oh, it is beautiful!
This past week, an afternoon of rare and welcome sunshine gave me the chance to explore the garden and capture glimpses of God right here in my own front yard. Can you see Him, too?
789. One stem of bluebells bursting forth from another plant's pot
790. Lavender buds promising a purple summer
791. Leaves of the 'Floating Clouds' maple reaching out from shadows
792. Memorial Tree awakening at last...
793. ...its leaves unfurling like flames
794. First blooms opening on the cutleaf lilac...
795. ...with more buds still waiting...
796. ...and leaves living up to their name
797. Fern fronds unfolding like creatures from another world
798. Sarcocca bush laden with berries the color of midnight
799. Leaves of 'Pandora's Box' glowing in the sunlight
800. Fothergilla gardenii in full bloom
801. Flower buds decked out in fuzz
802. Trio of peony buds hovering in the shade...
803. ...another dancing in the sun
804. Ladybug stopping by for a visit
805. Japanese maple leaves framed against the afternoon sun
806. Hellebore bloom lingering long past winter, spider's web trailing off its petals
807. Maple tree decked out in pink. Pink!
808. Leaves opening like fists unclenching
809. Cotinus coggygria leaves opening like little cabbages
810. Leaf shadows
811. Five-fingered fern dripping with light
812. Spring--always spring!
813. God Who holds the world together, brings spring after every winter
814. God Who holds me together, brings life after every loss
More gift counting for this week (773-788) can be found on my One Thousand Gift List