Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lilacs and Iris

Living in North Carolina has some wonderful advantages this time of the year.  The spring comes early and along with spring comes the beautiful flowers.

My lilac bush blossoms are almost all open and they smell wonderful!

Last summer a friend gifted me with some of his iris plants.   I brought them home and stuck them in the ground.  They seem to like it here!

Do you have any spring blossoms yet?
Welcome Home,
Penny

35 comments:

Sherri said...

Oh Penny, I really, really love lilacs!! Yours are beautiful! The iris are also very stunning! Don't you just love Spring in NC!!!

Martina @ Northern Nesting said...

No blooms here in NY yet Penny, maybe in another 2-3 weeks because we are finally getting some nice spring weather! Yours look beautiful! Martina

Jojo said...

Love your lilacs! Don't you love spring?

Stacey said...

We don't grow lilacs here for some reason. I think it's just too hot and dry in the summer. My wisteria is blooming along with daffodils, tulips, and other spring bloomers. It's just beautiful.

My sister in law just sent us a picture of the irises that she dug up from Granny's house. Granny died last year so they are very special to she and my husband.

Donnie said...

Your lilac bush is lovely as are the iris's. Things are blooming all around here.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Lilacs are so pretty in the Spring! Enjoy your evening! ♥

Brenda Leyland said...

I am EXCITED to report that as quickly as the snow in our back yard melts (we still have lots), in the sunny melted spots tiny green crocuses are eagerly sticking brave noses out.

At long last..........

And I so enjoyed your lilac and iris shots.

Pondside said...

We have daffodils so far, but the rhodos and tulips can't be far behind.
Like everyone else, Penny, I love your header.

Vee said...

Nope. Not a one. Some daffodils are through the ground with very tight buds, but that's it. Your lilac and irises do look happy in their garden.

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Penny. I want to add some lilacs to our garden. Note to self! ~ Sarah

Miss Jean said...

My lilacs are blooming and my iris is done. I have a beautiful Bridal Wreath Spirea that is in full bloom along with Iceland Poppies and Panises. The yard finally looks good!

see you there! said...

Our iris are blossoming too and the clematis has lots of buds which I'm sure will open any day now. I love lilacs but they don't seem to do well in our area.

Darla

LW said...

Very pretty, thank you for sharing a touch of spring....

Today is going to be our really first warm day maybe by tomorrow something will pop....

Louise

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Love lilacs, mine are just getting tiny green buds on the bare branches now. So living in NC does have advantages Penny!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Your flowers are so pretty...yes it is nice to have an early Spring:) Blooming here on the gulf coast!

Blessings,
Linda

Donna said...

I love lilacs!

Hugs,
Donna

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

All we have right now in NH is crocus blossoms. Things like lilacs wait until May.

BTW, I am 5 weeks out from my rotator cuff surgery and PT is going well. I'm sore sometimes but not too much pain. I have good range of motion. I can go without the sling at home but still wearing it to bed and out. I was really happy when I lost the pillow part of it. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

Sue said...

Hi Penny,
Love your flowers, and I am very jealous of your lilacs. We can't grow those here in Texas and I miss them very much. I planted 3 bushes at our cabin in Wisconsin, but I haven't seen them bloom yet. Don't you love the smell??
Happy Spring to you!
Sue

April said...

I can almost smell the lilac from here! BEAUTIFUL! My dianthysus are blooming and my daylilies are just on the verge of opening up! I can't wait!

Linda said...

Hi Penny, I'm new to your blog. Right now all we have are crocus coming up and little hyacynths. Drop by if you get a chance lavenderridge.blogspot.com

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh sigh... Lovely Lilacs! Can almost smell them.

But, if I could smell them, I'd soon be sneezing. -pout- -moan- -sigh-

When I was younger I didn't have allergies though. So I can remember them!!!

Gentle hugs,
.♥.

Adrienne said...

We have Spring blossoms but we are a bit behind you. Our nights are still quite cold and our weather has been strange. The poor blossoms don't know what to think!
~Adrienne~

Kathleen Grace said...

You are a good month ahead of us Penny. Our lilaca won't bloom until mid-late May. I can't wait!

Red Door Home said...

You are so right about spring in NC. I went to school there and spent many years afterwards living there as well. Spring was my favorite time of year. Your lilac bush looks so pretty!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Did I tell you that my pretty bulbs came up and bloomed and something...heaven only knows what..has insisted on laying on them and crushing them flatter than a pancake. I propped them up..but in the morning they are flat again..and finally I just cut them all back.
Even the little tiny ones...FLATTENED! I just don't understand it. It's like something is choosing to sleep on them. Sheesh!!!
Yours are lovely...just lovely! Standing up like little soldiers...love it!

Beverly said...

Penny, can you believe I have never smelled real lilacs? Jeanne loves them. Your bush is so pretty.

Our tulips, dogwood and azaleas are blooming, and it won't be too long before the iris blooms.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh, sweet lilacs! Having grown up on the east coast I miss that wonderful spring scent of new lilacs. Our west coast lilacs just don't have that wonderful scent. Ours are beautiful but smell very different. Yours are lovely. My roses are starting to bloom slowly and the daffodils and tulips are making themselves known. Enjoy your beautiful garden.

Penny said...

My lilac bush is healthy but not blooming. Lucky you. I too love Spring in the mountains.

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love lilacs, they are my favorite. When I lived in Toronto we had gorgeous HUGE ones growing along our driveway. My neighbor had white ones and I had the lavender and we would swap bouquets. The aroma was so lovely. I l love your Iris too. It is still cool here a bit, but there are buds on the trees and I did see some Daffodils in bloom. Does your sister ever visit Blythewold Mansions in Bristol Rhode Island? They have the most magnificent Daffodil gardens. I am going next weekend.

http://www.blithewold.org/

Happy gardening. I can't wait to see that mosaic project.
Karen

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

I just love lilacs, mine aren't blooming yet - don't the smell so wonderful! winter hasn't gone from our area yet! But it sure is nice to see your flowers, they're beautiful!
xoxo
Marilyn

Bella said...

I absolutely love lilacs! They are so beautiful and they smell heavenly. It's so nice to things in bloom, isn't it?

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, I to love the spring blooms. The dogwoods are really looking gorgeous. My iris plants are budding as well.

You would love the Scott's Antique Market Penny.

My time has been pretty busy since I came home but life is good.I am trying very hard to catch up with my blogging friends.

Hugs, Jeanne

Shelia said...

Hi Penny! Thanks for popping in to see me. Your snaps are always so clear and precise. The pictures I just took were all taken on the automatic! I am amazed!
Have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Janet said...

Nothing yet, but little green leaves are poking thru the soil in many areas. I can.not.wait.for.spring!

Mary said...

Two of my all time (in English gardens always of course) favorites - purple iris and lilacs.....oh the beautiful perfume. You are lucky to be able to grow real lilacs in the mountains Penny - they don't do well here in the Piedmont, too hot in Summer I guess.

Glad you are enjoying Springtime dear. I'm off to buy some plants this morning......even though I said "no more"!!!!!