“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind”. – William Wordsworth

Spring time is still a ways off here in Minnesota where the landscape is still blanketed in snow. Depending on the year Spring can begin anywhere in early to mid April and usually is a confusing time of year when we can see literally four seasons in a week. It can one moment snow and a couple days later be shorts and t-shirt weather.

Minnesotans are hearty people, me included. You have to be in order to live in this kind of climate. You must embrace the bitter cold days of winter and cherish the hot and sticky dog days of summer. Otherwise it would be best to pack up your bags and leave now.

In honor of Jakesprinter’s Sunday Theme: Arrangement, I thought I’d bring you a sneak preview of spring flowers. In all their delicacy, beauty and vivid colors, they are bound to bring a smile on a cold winter day. Also in celebration of this month’s focus on phoneography, all these photos below were taken with my iPhone in Colonial Williamsburg last April. I do of course have many pictures of spring flowers in Minnesota but for some reason these photos are special to me as they were the first flowers of Spring I captured last year. Spring comes quite a bit earlier in Virginia! Enjoy!

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world”. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson





What could be more beautiful than spring flowers? Spring….I can hardly wait! 

To see more interpretations of the theme “Arrangement” click here. 


  1. Your post is a Spring- preview ,as you said and I needed it , to dream about sunny days , flowers and lovely weather………
    Thank you,so much!

  2. As I view these colorful images, I kick myself for not digging in the dirt in the fall and planting a new array of bulbs! Maybe this fall! (never enough hours . . . days . . . weeks . . . 🙂 )

    1. Well I don’t have to because it is 37 and raining….terrible! I’d rather have snow as it is dryer. I hate damp weather!!!! And the gray drives me nuts. I’d rather have 10 degrees and brilliant sun for a run around the lake! I know….I’m strange! But I need sun!

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