Saturday, March 20, 2010

HAPPY SPRING ....... & a Giveaway!

It's officially spring!

A few days ago, I tempted fate and took most of the protective layer of leaves off my flower beds so those beautiful green shoots could get more sun. There's so much coming up! Look! These are just a few of my first crocus' this year ....

I also bought myself flowers: beautiful tulips, just ready to open -- some for the living room and some for my bedroom so I can experience spring as often as possible. I adore spring!

Sense of Spring

Spring is the loveliest season of them all,
A source of life and love and gentle things,
Reward for winter's frost and icy pall.
A time when fledglings spread their tiny wings.

Spring is the gentlest season of them all,
When lambs their frail appendages must try,
The sheep stay close, concerned lest they should fall,
And gently nuzzle them to help them try.

Spring is the brightest season of them all,
Spring flowers yellow, mauve and red and blue,
And grasses growing silky, slender, tall;
And trees whose leaves are green of every hue.

Spring is the shortest season of them all,
Dissolving into summer's eager call.

(John Knight - September 2009)


On my way home from work, I found a great bargain on bulbs. So, to celebrate spring's arrival and to say thank you to my fans and followers, I'm going to host a giveaway.

I think we're all familiar with the Lilium or Lily; and I choose white so it would go with everything else in the garden. (And I don't have a white one in mine yet!)
The Sparaxis or Harlequin Flower is a new one for me. (That means, if you know this flower, HELP ME!) There's not much information on the back of the package. Some info I found online said it's fine to leave the corms in the ground over winter, some say dig them up. Perhaps I'll know more by the time I draw a winner.
So, here's how you enter my fabulous giveaway.

1. Just leave me a comment on any of my posts from now until the draw date.

  • Just mention "Happy Spring Giveaway"
  • Gush over how wonderful and beneficient I am (And how extravagant a spender at $2 a package + shipping! ....... and don't forget the love involved here!)
  • Tell me all about your love of flowers and gardening ..... 'cause if you're a gardener, we all know that you're going to anyway. (Just try not to talk about your garden! You just won't be able to help yourself, I know!)

2. If you follow, put your name in again.

3. And spread the word for another chance to win.


I'll draw for the winner on April 1st ................... and I'll even include a token April 1st silly gift along with the bulbs to commerate April Fools Day -- that favorite day of 12 yr old boys and phone companies!

Happy Spring bloggies!

And if the sun isn't shining where you are today, I hope it's aglow in your hearts!


Marie said...

Happy Spring to you Sandy. YOu can't send the bulbs over here so dont' enter me into the giveaway, but did want to wish you Happy Spring!

Anita said...

Not sure that you can send the bulbs here or not, so I'm not entering but I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Spring! May the snow be banished to the old year and may the beauty of the new blossom into wonderful memories for you!

Eva Gallant said...

Happy spring to you, too. I have a brown thumb and kill everything green, so it's best for the bulbs if I pass!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Happy Spring! It is the best season, I love watching the all the plants popping up through the ground again. I'm glad you found some Crocus under the leaves.
Not sure if you can send the bulbs to the US, if you can I'd love to be entered.

Cherie said...

Those are such pretty pretty flowers!
We are starting to see flowers in our front yard too and it is a welcome sight!
Spring is almost here!!!

Nezzy said...

Ahhhh, Spring is in the air and what a wonderful way to celebrate! There's just nothing like feedin' my flower addiction like a great big bulb giveaway! Woohoo!!! OCFD (obsessive compulsive flower disortder) here I come...count me in baby! Your little crocus plants are a beautiful reminder of what we have in store.

God bless and enjoy your weekend! :o)

Linda said...

Oh they are beautiful. I am trying to add some flowers to my new yard this spring so I would love to enter your giveaway. I am a 'new gardener' so have no

Delena said...

I am a follower and I would love to be in your giveaway. We will be back home in Canada April 1th. I plan on doing a garden this year. I will put it up with cinder blocks around it as we have deer. I want to plant potatoes and have a few flower gardens.

~~Carol~~ said...

Happy Spring! Oh how I would love to win those white lilies. I don't have any white ones yet, but they would look lovely with my orange and yellow ones. And the Asiatic ones. I love lilies!!! Oh, and I'm a follower too.

Anonymous said...

Happy Spring Giveaway to you! Aren't you the most generous, kindest, and giving blogger! How about that for mushing and gushing? It truly is kind of you. I can't say I'm familiar with the 2nd set either. I do a little gardening (mostly just playing in the dirt). I don't hardly have any bulbs, so I'd love to win. Thank you.

Terra said...

This is a lovely giveaway. If you see my photo with this comment, you will see me with a tall lily with huge blooms, so you know I am a fan.
I adore spring too, and believe that Christians and gardeners are hopeful people. Else why would you dare to plant a bulb or a tree? Yes, we live in hope.

Jeanne said...

Happy spring -- met you via a new follower -- they bring the nicest gifts, don't they?

I do garden some, and would LOVE to win those bulbs. I've never done a giveaway, so you seem pretty munificent to me.

Lemondrop Marie said...

I am a follower, what a lovely giveaway, I love bulbs!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Well I am a follower and have been for a while now.
I adore any kind of flower. Even wild flowers. The Blue Bonnets are starting to come out where I live in Texas and of course they are beautiful..
So count me in on this generous, wonderful giveaway