Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sunshine Happy

Wow a couple of sunny days and I feel so energized. No time in the sewing room that can be shared at this particular time.. and honestly, I haven't spent that much time sewing. I have so many ideas rolling around in my head right now, I just can't seem to focus on any one. Yesterday Elizabeth and I went out and about. It was such a nice sunny day. Sorry I can't help but say sunny 100 times because it makes me so happy.

My poor old lilac has put forth one big cluster and one smaller one. I'd yank it out but Bret and Frankie gave it to me for Mother's Day about 20 years ago and I just can't bring myself to do it. I'll just keep coaxing it along.

Ok, this is my last tree starting to bloom. It's of course my favorite, the Fuji Cherry. Honestly I could look at this tree all day. Just yesterday those flowers were small and tight, today I go away and at the end of the day look.. so beautiful. They remind me of the tulle skirts on ballet dancers.

Sorry to keep cramming spring and blue skies with you folk with snow. Believe me, it's going to be hotter than you-know-where here soon enough. I'll try not and complain. Hope it's all sunny with you guys, figuratively at the very least. xo


Blogger Me and My Stitches said...

Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing! It lets us in the cooler climates celebrate spring a little earlier!

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Martha said...

Your posts are always bright and SUNNY!
Have a happy day Pam!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

It is so nice to see the sun, especially when you think about last week's weather. My local nursery was packed on Tuesday.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Melissa P said...

I'm with you on the sunny days being so energizing. I think we Californians are hyper sensitive to any prolonged lack of that life giving stuff. Today will be bright and warm here. Perfect for motivation. Good luck with all the tail grab sewing you have going on. ;)

6:46 AM  
Blogger Jen in NY said...

Pam, don't apologize, I for one love seeing your beautiful pictures! It gives me hope! :-) Your lilac is beautiful, it would be hard to get rid of that. And that cherry tree...gorgeous... the flowers totally look like tulle skirts.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Sharrieboberry said...

Awwww! Lilacs. Even if it's just a few, I'm sure that they smell divine!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Thank you so much for the pictures. My lilac bushes are just starting to bud but who knows just how much they'll bloom. It's been so dry here. I can't say that makes me sad since we've had only a couple of snows but that means my yard is a sandbox. Keep it comin!

7:33 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

Pam are you pruning your lilac every year? If you are you might be pruning off some of the buds for next year. Also only prune it after it flowers then leave it alone until it flowers next year. I just learned this by pruning some old lilacs at my new house very heavy and they didn't bloom at all last year, but are loaded now and all at the ends of the branches.

8:10 AM  
Blogger krisgray said...

Lovely photos! Ferne is right, only prune spring blooming shrubs just after they have bloomed. If you do it later in the season you will be cutting off the old wood that they bloom on. Maybe give the lilac bush a little "cocktail" from the garden store, too.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

We're getting a lot of snow tomorrow. I'll send you some.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

How nice to see a post full of sunny skies. Here in Pittsburgh, it's 34 and rainy. Again. (or still). Yesterday we got snow. It's sure not Silicon Valley!

You might try giving your lilacs a dose of epsom salts or lime to help them bloom next spring. They might even put out some blooms in the fall.

Love your cherry tree.

4:19 PM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Oh I have to brag too, sunny and clear blue skies in SoCal. Making me sooo happy! We are adding all our spring fill in color onto the deck pots, easter should be fabulous.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Andria said...

Oh, those lilacs are beautiful. A whole month more before I see those here. You can deadhead your lilacs after they bloom to get more the next year. Here is a page with some info, just scroll way down to the pruning section:,default,pg.html
(sorry, I can never get my links to work)

8:26 PM  
Blogger Dorian said...

I agree, the sunshine and blues skies are awesome!!! I just love your cherry trees!

4:58 AM  
Blogger Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Oh how I wish I could grow a lilac tree. Alas they do not bloom so great in the south. Why...cuz in 10 minutes it is going to be hotter than you know where and even MORE HUMID.
Enjoy Spring!

5:57 AM  
Blogger suz said...

Don't worry about cramming Spring in...I'm beginning to suspect it might be the only Spring I see! We got 10 inches of snow Friday (nice April Fools joke from Mother Nature!) and it's gray, gloomy and raining today (and tomorrow). I guess that's just Spring in New England!

11:31 AM  

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