LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Spring Sonata



As I bid adieu to the last camellia blossoms of winter, another group of players enter the stage. 

I am filled with childlike wonder, as I anticipate the most glorious symphony of floral magnificence about to be performed.

Slowly at first, bloom by brilliant bloom, each member of this ensemble emerges, playing its designated part, until the outside of the cottage is engulfed in color as radiant as the sun.


Though the daffodils merely introduce part one of this movement, they are, indeed, cheerful trumpeters in this spring sonata.



The fragrant hyacinths and tulips are instrumental to this particular composition...


and play in perfect harmony alongside the sweet violets...


and cheery periwinkle.


The tempo of this piece speeds up, as each of the fruit trees–in rapid succession–contributes its own lyrical beauty.


Not to be outdone by the serene chords of the dogwood blossoms...


or the vibratos of the irises.


Alas, though it seems that the beautiful music has just begun,
the finale is at hand 

The dreamy sonata of this season is now reaching its conclusion.

And I must bid a sad farewell, until next year.


But, my sadness is abated as I observe a new ensemble of players taking their seats...


and another composition being prepared.


It is a masterful work I am quite familiar with.


I gladly welcome this introductory quartet to the cottage–roses, clematis and daisies.

And I now await the full gathering of the symphony of summer.

It is one I'm sure I will thoroughly enjoy–almost as much as the one before.


My floral mosaics are a perfect fit for Mary's Mosaic Monday
and Cielo's Show Off Your Cottage Monday.
I'm going to share all this outdoor loveliness at Susan's for Outdoor Wednesday.
My cottage flowers are worthy of show and tell at Cindy's place.
I'm also joining the fun at Tootsie's for Ferilizer Friday

49 comments:

  1. What lovely, lovely flowers!! I can just smell their scents. : ) Dogwoods are my favorite flower.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  2. Your flower photographs are soooo beautiful! And to think that all of those beautiful plants are blooming in your very own garden, how lovely.

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  3. Yes - resplendent symphonic piece being played out in you garden Beethoven would have been pleased to write a piece for it like "Ode to Joy"

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Joanny

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  4. What a beautiful post! The words and photos are lovely.

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  5. Love all the blooms! How vibrant and delightful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy outdoor!

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  6. How truly lovely.

    I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a darling French tote.

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  7. Those are awesome photographs and I can't imagine walking around the garden and seeing the real thing! Your thumb must be very green!

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  8. Your flowers are just fabulous....I love them all but tulips are my favorite...your photos are spectacular!!!!

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  9. Just beautiful. YOu have taken such great photos! Wow. Love all the spring colors...
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  10. The cottage flowers are definitely worth the show and tell!
    Looking forward to the Summer song!
    Kathy

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  11. Gorgeous flowers and pictures! I love the shot of the tulips.

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  12. What a beautiful work of art the Lord and you have created. Ever changing and always beautiful. I love iris'. I love your garden flowers. I wish we had a little cooler weather here in Florida so my iris' would bloom more. I also love to have peonies. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. Hugs...Tracy :)

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  13. You have some real beauties in your spring garden-well written post too!

    Carolyn

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  14. I'm over from Cindy's. Thank you for sharing your lovely symphony.

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  15. WOW!!!! So many gorgeous flowers, great photos.
    Debby

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  16. Oh what lovely pictures!!! Thanks for telling me!

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  17. Hi Liz,
    I saw your comment on Tootsie's FF post, so I thought I'd come by to see your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I've been feeling sad that some of the blooms are finished already, too, and, like you, I gladly welcome the new ones. I just love spring, and the daily changes in the gardens. I am thankful to God for my love of gardening.

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  18. WELCOME TO FERTILIZER FRIDAY!!! wow. Your flowers are outstanding! I am so glad you stopped in and left a comment or I may not have seen you!!! I had already finished visiting all the participants!!! (or so I thought) haha
    I am a new follower to your blog...I loved my visit!!!
    thanks for joining Fertilizer Friday...I do hope you will link in again!

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  19. Your photos of your beautiful flowers are wonderful.
    Have a blessed and fun Sunday.
    xo bj

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  20. Beautiful! I love the lipstick pink tulips. I love the pops of color that show up. Even though you know they/re coming, it's always a pleasant surprise.

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  21. Oh you did it! Absolutely a glorious symphony of floral magnificence!! Thanks for sharing! I am thrilled I found your blog!

    Nancy

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  22. Beautiful variety of flowers. Hard to pick a favorite they are all so pretty.

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  23. Wonderful music to my ears! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Just gorgeous! What a wonderful garden filled with beautiful blooms.

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  25. Oh, it is indeed a wonderful symphony! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images at MM. :)

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  26. Love the script with the post, my favorite picture is the pink tulips. Thank you for sharing your spring blooms.

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  27. Bravo!!Your dreamy sonata certainly touched me..as did your prose..sigh
    I too feel a bit of sadness biding farewell to my early Spring bulbs however as you said the symphany of summer blossoms is before us!
    A beautiful post!

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  28. What a wonderful and magical post with the Musical Words and Majestic Mosaics. Outstanding photography!

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  29. How beautiful..North Carolina is one of my fav places and I have very fond memories of living there. Hope you get a chance to see my mosaic and stop by my blog.

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  30. Your flowers are absolutely breathtaking!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. Beautiful! you can still see the dew drops on the tulips!

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  32. Very pretty mosaics and pictures! The flowers are stunning!

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  33. Flowers are full of sweet inspiration!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  34. Such beautiful pictures! the colours are simply stunning.

    My camellias are just starting to flower now!

    Best wishes and happy Mosaic Monday,
    Natasha.

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  35. These are so gorgeous! This is what my garden looked like a few weeks ago and it's so fun to see that now your part of the country is having it's gorgeous spring. So much loveliness!

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  36. Your flowers are just gorgeous! What a great garden you have!

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  37. Lovely flower shots, your garden is amazing :)

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  38. You have some beautiful blossoms in your garden - each one as lovely as the last!

    Amanda

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  39. I can almost hear the orchestra playing. Lovely transition of spring flowers. Valerie

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  40. Beautiful flower photos! With a beautiful, well-written script to go with them!
    Delightful; thanks for sharing.

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  41. Beautiful words and photos! ::Jill

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  42. Beautifully done! I can smell the perfume!

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  43. Lovely Post, your pictures are Beautiful!:)

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  44. I just happened upon you through Mona's blog, and couldn't resist linking you into a post on Lawn Tea today.

    Your Spring Sonata is a symphony of such lovely words and pictures, I wanted to share it with some of my friends.

    rachel
    http://lawntea.blogspot.com/2010/05/brambleberry-symphony.html

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  45. What a lovely way to start my day! Your pictures are truly breathtaking, and I love your way with words.

    I found your Brambleberry Cottage through Rachel's Lawn Tea, and look forward to exploring it through your stories and beautiful pictures.

    Sincerely,

    Janie

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  46. My heart knows of the joys you share, but your symphony heightens the appreciation.

    Thank you for this glory.

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