25 thoughts on “#Spring Pastels – Wordless Wednesday

      • Joni says:

        Thanks Deb. The yellow tulips aren’t mine but I see them on my daily walk. Not as many lilac blooms this year as it’s been too cold with frost alerts.

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Anne. I’m happy to bring some beauty to your chilly evening. We’re still having chilly evenings with frost alerts for the past week, but it’s supposed to get warmer over the next week. I’m dying to get out and plant some veggies.

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  1. Dave says:

    I never knew Canada had provincial flowers! Animals? Trees? I’ll still take the tulips in the first photo. They’re a perfect shade of yellow to segue from winter to spring.

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    • Joni says:

      I don’t know about the other provinces but Ontario has the trillium as it’s on our car license plates and the logo for some government services. The subsidized drug plan is the Trillium plan. I’m not sure about the other provinces? I just googled and Quebec’s floral emblem is the blue iris and owl for bird. See what I learn! The maple tree is the national/Canada tree and the beaver the animal, although I’ve never seen one. The pale yellow tulips aren’t mine but I see them on my daily walk – an unusual color but lovely. The trillium belongs to my neighbour. It’s against the law to pick trilliums ($500 fine) in provincial parks, although you can look at them. My dad’s bush/woodlot at the back of the farm was full of them in the spring.

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  2. Linda Schaub says:

    What a beautiful array of flowers you get to see Joni – the perfect touch after a warm Spring which suddenly reverted back to Winter. I am surprised the flowers look so good given the range of temperatures in May. I saw some magnolia buds which just wilted and turned brown after the colder air hit them. The tulips with the dewdrops or raindrops on them were especially pretty and I liked your mom’s painting as well.

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    • Joni says:

      The yellow tulips aren’t mine but I see them on my daily walk. But the rest are. The trillium belongs to my neighbour. The apple blossoms are from our Sunday drive to the orchard. My garden has done surprisingly well for the cold nights, but the lilacs didn’t amount to much again for the second year in a row. I wonder if the bushes are getting past their prime. Those old country lilacs which grew on homesteads lasted for a hundred years, but these newer varieties of “common lilacs” are done in ten years.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’ve not seen trilliums since I left Canada. I have seen tulips in the neighborhood for the last month. Some are still blooming, so I guess they are different varieties. I have done a virtual 5K called “Tulip Time 5K Run/Walk” so waited until they were at their peak to take pictures and do the 5K walk that day. My lilacs didn’t do well this year either, but they are old. My father planted them around the time we moved here, so 1966 (or maybe he planted them the following Spring). I was mentioning it to a fellow blogger and she said to prune them back far to help them out. Look at her lilacs – I probably only had a dozen lilacs, but will be doing a post on the Henry & Clara Ford Estate as I went to see their lilacs in bloom. Here are Sabine’s lilacs – really beautiful, especially with the butterflies on them:
        https://incahootswithmuddyboots.com/2021/05/09/happy-mothers-day-from-my-garden/

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      • Joni says:

        Thanks Linda….they are beautiful. I pruned mine back after they bloomed and I think that was the problem….pruning at the wrong time means no blooms next year, but the one tree is kinda of dead anyway, and my mother’s only lasted ten years too.
        I think I’ll try a different nursery.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, they were, especially with the Swallowtails on it. The Persian Lilacs at the Ford Estate got a disease and they had to cut back 38 of the 188 lilacs so they were not as full as they might have been. That’s a good idea. All the nice nurseries around here have gone out of business, not due to COVID, but due to the original owner retiring and no one in the family interested in taking over the business.

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      • Joni says:

        I went through three outdoor nurseries yesterday after my dentist appointment and was surprised how little they had in stock, compared to other years. But then we’ve had a cold spring, so maybe it is still a bit early.

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  3. J P says:

    Very nice! It would never have occurred to me to put bright colors and pastels in different posts but it highlights them all so well.

    These are so much more attractive than the every 17 year cicadas we are experiencing. You get a carpet of cherry blossoms we get a carpet of dead cicadas.

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