Monday, March 5, 2012

Signs of Spring!

Hi Friends, Carrie Turansky here, writing to you from chilly New Jersey.

When I'm not writing I love to work in my flower gardens. I've been watching the bare trees and brown grass, longing to see them start to turn green again. I have seen a few signs of spring in our yard, and I thought I’d share those with you. We’ve had a mild winter here. And our early spring flowers have popped up and bloomed two or three weeks earlier than usual.

The first to bloom are the snowdrops. These perky little white and green flowers made their appearance in late February, and we still have a few blooming by our back door.

Next come the daffodils and then the tulips. I love these signs of spring. They always remind me that God is in the business of bringing new life. And after a long cold winter we can look forward to warmth, sunshine, and beautiful color again. I know in just a few weeks my whole garden will be bursting with blooms and I can't wait to see it. Take a look at the photo below left from last spring.




One of the other signs of spring is the arrival of my new Love Inspired novel, A Man To Trust, which arrived in stores just a few days ago. The pretty peach toned cover looks like spring, and I think it will give readers a hint of the promise of spring for my hero and heroine.

What’s blooming in your garden? Tell us where you live and what signs of spring you’ve seen in your neck of the woods.

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Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of 9 novels and novellas. She loves to connect with readers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her website: http://www.carrieturansky.com/

18 comments:

  1. I love snowdrops.
    Here they tell me its Autumn but Im not listening. here we had a strange summer a few really hot days with cool days between but hardly any rain at all. The tomatoes didn't really produce much fruit. Alot of the floweres didn't do that well cos of the lack of water. The roses out the front are looking good. Oh and cos of the lack of rain the trees are losing leaves without turning. the past few days have been cooler around 70ish. Summer seems to have been around 70ish or high 90's without much in between.

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  2. Hi Jenny, That's fun to hear how the season is changing in Austrialia. I love roses too. Hope you have a beautiful autumn and little light rain to give your plants and flowers some more water before winter sets in.
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  3. Carrie, your photos are beautiful! Our Bradford pears are in full bloom around here now (Georgia). The daffodils are just about done blooming. Spring has arrived early around here as well!

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  4. HI Missy, Oh I love those blooming fruit trees! Wow, spring does come early in Georgia. Hope the sun keeps shining for all of us. : )

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  5. Love the flowers. Isn't it a refreshing of the soul to see the flowers each spring?

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  6. I live in N Central MS. The snowdrops, daffodils, and narcissus are blooming. We are also enjoying Japanese magnolias and forsythis.
    The hawthorn, wild plums and bradford pears are also in full bloom. (Well at least the blooms that weren't blown off in the storms over the weekend.)
    One of my favorite bouquets thins time of year is daffodils and hawthorn.
    Soon we will be seeing dogwood and wisteria blooms. Ah, Spring.

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  7. I live in central MA - we're a few weeks behind you, Carrie. The daffodils are up about 3", but they've been peeking out since January. Even some of the daylilies are showing green shoots. We're in the biz of growing & selling perennials, so my sure sign of spring is when the ground phlox bareroots come in from our supplier & hubby spends a couple days potting them up. That was last week. It'll be a roller coaster ride from now till about October!

    I also had the joyous pleasure of listening to a Phoebe sing this morning. The Audubon says it's one of the first songbirds to return in the spring, but I'm taking that song as a sure sign of the new season!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  8. Tammy, I love to hear those songbirds! And the cicadas/frogs at night.

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  9. Tulips are coming up here.But the trout lilies, wild flowers that look like a yellow bells, are a little early.

    Reading your book right now, Carrie! You had me at "Christian bookstore"! Definitely enjoying it.

    Peace, Julie

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  10. Hi Friends, It's so fun to hear about the signs of spring in your area! I agree with Tammy and Missy, it's so nice to hear the birds sing again!

    Julie, thanks for letting me know you're reading A Man To Trust. It was fun to write a story set in a Christian bookstore. A lot of special ministry goes on in those stores. Hope you enjoy the story!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  11. I don't have a garden because I have a black thumb, but all the California poppies are in bloom as well as some sort of yellow daisy and small purple flowers. I'm envious of poeple whocan grow things. Congrats on your release.

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  12. Hi Kim, I often visit California in the early spring time, and I love seeing the poppies and other wildflowers on the hillsides as you drive down the freeway. : )
    Thanks for sharing your signs of spring!

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  13. Thanks Carrie, parts of the country are in flood and we have had so little where I am. I am almost out of rain water so do need some rain. but today should be nice around 75ish.

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  14. Like Missy, I'm in GA. The Bradford pears are in full bloom. Lots of red buds too. My azaleas are just ready to burst forth, and the wisteria is already in bloom.

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  15. I'm in SE Wisconsin and our yards are under 4" of snow right now. Nothing blooms here until April. I don't plant my annuals until Memorial Day weekend--we can still get a day or two of frost overnight in May!

    It's fun reading about how other parts of the country actually have green right now.

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  16. Thanks for sharing the photo of the snowdrops. They are beautiful. I live in Florida, so we usually have something blooming most of the time. In the winter I have petunias and sometimes pansies. This year my petunias were gorgeous, but when we were gone in the middle of February we had one cold night that zapped all the blooms. If I had been at home, I could have saved them by covering them up. But the plants survived, and they are starting to bloom again. My azaleas are starting to bloom all over the yard.

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  17. Wow, 4" of snow in WI - Tracy, I hope it all melts soon and you will see spring blooms.

    Merrilee, Florida sounds lovely. That would be so nice to have flowers blooming year-around.

    Deby, I love wisteria, red buds, and azelas! Can't wait to see some more of those in our area.

    The forecast is for upper 60's tomorrow, which is way warmer than usual.

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing your signs of Spring!
    Carrie

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  18. Carrie, the crazy thing about the weather this year is the snow did melt today!! It was almost 50*!! All winter we've had snow, it melts within a week, snow, melts within a week, etc. Usually, once we have snow, it stays until March or April (depending on the year).

    We do have a short growing season here though.

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