Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Along Comes Spring

After meeting with my movie gals to see "42 - The Jackie Robinson Story" I headed to my beloved Arboretum to see what was in bloom.  But first, I must tell you to run don't walk to the movie theater to see this film.  What a good one, great story, great cast, and just a darn good movie.  Two thumbs up, as Roger Ebert would say!!  

After the rains we had last week, my beloved Arboretum was totally under-water and closed from Thursday until Sunday afternoon.  There are many ponds along with the DuPage River that runs right through the arboretum that rose to record levels.  Roads had been flooded, along with many of their buildings which suffered water damage and while there I saw the pumps still pushing water out of the buildings.  Folks, we had really damaging floods here.  But today was a good day, the sun was shining, the temps were in the upper 60's, the birds were chirping, and signs of spring was everywhere you looked.  So after enjoying the movie with my gal pals and a nice lunch and chatter afterward at The Corner Bakery I topped off my day with a trip through the Arboretum.  

The magnolias are in bloom...




The scilla are everywhere.  I love their little blue flowers that resemble a blue carpet in spring.



And the daffodils are in full bloom and covered entire areas...



And when you mix the scilla and the daffodils together, oh what a beautiful sight!!


White Forsythia is so incredibly fragrant...the aroma is almost overwhelming.


This was growing in a large pot by the entrance to their education building...not sure what it is, but anything with these buds must be gorgeous....



Bushes were sprouting their new buds...


And there were even small bunches of crocus blooming amid the daffodils.


The word of the week is verdant which translated from an old french word that meant green.  Today a verdant landscape is lush, healthy and bursting with greenery.  That is exactly what I witnessed as I drove through the arboretum yesterday....a verdant landscape bursting with green as well as color.

Linking with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday and Nancy at A Rural Journal for her Tuesday Muse

Until next time.....

33 comments:

  1. So sorry about all the damage in your state. I love the White Forsythia, I have never seen that before, prettier than the yellow in my opinion. Beautiful all Deanna.

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  2. scilla is a new one to me. beautiful!

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  3. Verdant what a great word... It is very verdant here , the trees are beginning to sprout ... Thanks for sharing your wonderful shots...

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  4. Dream Boy found a patch of Scilla on his bike ride Sunday, so last night after supper we headed over there so I could take some shots. It is a beautiful blue blanket, just as you said. I need to edit my pictures now!

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  5. Lovely photos Deanna! The Scilla and white forsythia are gorgeous. I've never seen either one.
    I'm sorry for all the flooding you had there, but it looks like things are returning to normal. I hope we see some verdant here soon!

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  6. Oh my goodness. Nice to see such vivid colors and life in your area! You have such an expert way of capturing the beauty around you. :)

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  7. Oh the flowers are beautiful.

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  8. What a gorgeous spring you are having! I never knew there were white forsythia or what the name of that little blue flower that I love so much was. Glad I saw your post!! And we are planning to see "42" this week. Seems like finding time for movies when we can all go together is one of the challenges of our lives.

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  9. Great post and great images - I enjoyed my visit.

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  10. Beautiful images ... seen in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday!

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  11. All of these flowers are almost overwhelming me with their beauty! Gorgeous, gorgeous shots :)

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  12. Nothing energizes like spring when there is all this beauty surrounding us. I can't pick a favorite ... I like them all. I read Barbara's comment about white forsythia, never heard of it, will have to research. I think we need to put the Arboretum since we're all flower lovers. Lovely post, all the way around.

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  13. Holy moly Deanna, I think this has been a great Spring for everyone where blooms are concerned...I never want this time of year to end. Thanks for the stroll through the Arboretum and your lovely shots!

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  14. Beautiful examples of renewed life - I would guess a welcomed sight after all the flooding.

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  15. Fabulous shots of the magnolia -- and the field of daffodils is splendid. :)

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  16. You provided a feast for my eyes! Lovely, lovely photos. I love the second shot of the magnolia. And I've never seen white forsythia. The yellow is one of my favorites in the spring.

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  17. so springy - gorgeous blooms. so cheerful! ( :

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  18. All so pretty, but the first one is my favorite!

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  19. Gorgeous shots and love your perspective on these!

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  20. Sounds like you had a perfect day, Deanna. Your pictures are great! I hope spring finds its way here soon.

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  21. thank you for sharing all the beauty of your trip to the arboretum. so much beauty and joy to be thankful for this time of year!

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  22. These are beautiful! I would love to have a place like this nearby. It seems so peaceful. So sorry to hear about the flooding. Hoping that there is not extensive damage.

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  23. All of a sudden it's springtime or you. Enjoy all the blooming and greening, Deanna. I'm loving your flower photos!

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  24. I love how you've been combing text with your photos...the typefaces are fabulous!

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  25. Beautiful, and beautifully photographed.


    earl

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  26. These photos are absolutely beautiful. It's definitely Spring time at your end of the world!

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  27. These are all gorgeous, Deanna!

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  28. Gorgeous! This was just delightful to look at. Absolutely loved the field with the blue flowers and the one with the daffodils.

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  29. You have definitely captured the beauty and colors of spring with your lens!

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  30. It is always a pleasure for the eyes to see your posts and this one is no exception - beautiful images!
    I had no idea there was a white forsythia. LOVE that dreamy shot!

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  31. I've been hearing about the rain and flooding - I hope it's beginning to subside. The flowers in your area are fantastic. I especially love those pretty blue fields of scilla!

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