Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring at Hidden Hollow

Hidden Hollow is the name our children gave our home many years ago.  

Today is the first day of Spring and Mother Nature is right on schedule as I looked around and saw almost all of the Azaleas are blooming in and around the yard along with many other flowers. 

As always I had to go and get my camera and try to capture some of the awesome beauty the good Lord has given us to enjoy.

Springtime in Tallahassee is a very celebrated event.  Next weekend Tallahassee will celebrate the 48th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade, which is a GRAND parade.  There will also be entertainment throughout the city plus arts, crafts and lots and lots of food vendors in the downtown streets.

A view of the azaleas blooming as we walk down the front sidewalk.

 Early morning view of the front yard taken from the front porch.

 Another view of the side front yard.

 A view from the front sidewalk looking through the arch into the front circular driveway.
Many years ago we planted lots and lots of Azaleas in the loop of the driveway.

I was sitting enjoying my coffee this morning and looking out the kitchen window.  Of course I had to go and get my camera and try to capture some of the pretty Azaleas I could see from the window.

My sweet husband found these colorful chairs during his last visit to Home Depot.  We put them here with the intention of taking them down to the pond so the grandsons would have some additional chairs to sit in while fishing ... but, as you can see we have not taken them down to the pond yet.  I thought they looked so colorful setting amongst the Azaleas.

This is my sweet little yard statue that reminds me so much of our little grandson Lawson when he was a baby.  He had an adorable little angel face just like this little statue.  It is hard to believe he will be turning 10 years old next month.   We will have a "big" birthday celebration to be sure.

This is one of my favorite Azaleas ... a Pink Ruffle.  When it blooms the whole entire bush turns pink.

And my next favorite Azalea is the Formosa Azalea.  I love this beautiful pink/purple color.  You can see the pollen all over the leaves ...  This time of year the pollen is everywhere!

A view of the yard looking toward the house.

 And a view of the driveway as we are leaving.

And some more Azaleas in the side yard.

I walked out front with the camera and saw the little white roses blooming across the front fence.

And, the Cherokee Roses are also blooming as seen in the photo below.
It seems like Mother Nature waved her magic wand and everything is blooming at once.

And a close-up of the pretty Cherokee Rose.

Some more very colorful Azaleas blooming in the side yard.

Just down the street from us we pass a large pasture and could not 
miss that this beautiful Wild Plum Tree was blooming also.

Back in the yard we see that the Native Azaleas, or some call them 
the Wild Azaleas are also blooming.

    A close-up of the Formosa Azaleas flower buds.  Again, you can see the pollen all over the leaves.

Another photo of the very pretty Pink Ruffle Azalea.

Pretty Pink Ruffle Azaleas with Formosa Azaleas in the background.

And, last but not least, a photo of the back yard.  The Azaleas and the yellow Lady Bankshire Roses are blooming just off of the patio.   If you look closely you can see the pond way down the hill.

It has been a beautiful week here in Tallahassee as we are all enjoying this amazing Springtime.  

I hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend wherever you may be.