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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday...Finally, A Bit Of Color Around The Yard

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday...Finally, A Bit Of Color Around The Yard

With the Spring we've had here on the Seacoast, you could mistake the white in this photo for snow.
Turns out, its only time for the Hawthorne trees to begin dropping its snow white flowery petals.
Flowering Tree

The lilacs are now in full bloom and the yard is filled with their amazing scent.
Lilac GroveLilacs Blooming

For brilliant color, its hard to beat an azalea.
Red Azalea

Some Bleeding Heart hiding under a rhododendron.

Don't forget to sprinkle in a little lily of the valley here and there, or a vinca, or maybe even a wisteria.
Lily of the Valley
Vinca Flower

Add a coral colored early blooming rhododendron, and you might think Spring has arrived on the Seacoast!
Rhododendron Blossom

And you'd be right. It was worth waiting for!

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Comment balloon 24 commentsJohn McCarthy • May 25 2011 09:14AM


Bet you are glad to see some green after the long winter. I remember when I lived back east. The first crocuses of spring were a thrill.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

Hi John, spring has indeed arrived beautifully in your yard! I missed getting the lilac blooms this year. We have one tree that borders our yard and after giving it a good trim last year, the only blooms were hanging way over on the neigbors yard. Maybe next year..but in the meantime and can have them through your pictures! Your bleeding heart is gorgeous!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) about 9 years ago

Hi John~  Beautiful pictures... I am anxiously awaiting some sunshine to open up the flowering buds in my yard!

Posted by Karin Lundeen, Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands) about 9 years ago

Hi Melissa - Thanks for stopping by. Spring has been a long time coming this year, for sure. I took these photos yesterday. In comparison to photos taken in previous years, it seem we are about 3 weeks behind. I'm a fan of crocuses too!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

Beautiful. Spring is beautiful here too, but I haven't taken photos. You have inspired me to do so. 



Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR and Productivity Coach (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) about 9 years ago

Hi Cindy - The lilacs seem like some sort of miracle. Told to me by the previous owner, the lilacs formed a hedge all across the back yard. When they decided to put a pool in, the lilacs were bulldozed into a large pile and never really planted. They rooted down from the pile and grew. I did not realize bleeding heart would spread, but they have delightful little minds of their own. I will see you for WIIW!

Karin - Please be sure to photograph them and post them for all of us. Sunshine helps open the flowers to be sure, but nothing beats warm temps. Thanks for coming by!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

Good Morning Dana - Glad you liked the photos! Please do get out with your camera and post them here. Maryland is beautiful this time of year! Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

Gorgeous!  I was just thinking this morning that I can feel summer even though it seems that spring just started!  It's going to be 80 and sunny here today.  Almost pool weather!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

John, GREAT bold colors that add so much to curb appeal!    I was afraid the first photo was hail, glad to hear it was petals!    

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 9 years ago

Hi Kathleen - Your weather and ours over here is quite close. Summer doesn't seem to want to wait now. It will 80 here today too. When I took those photos yesterday, it was overcast. Kind of wish I had waited for today with the sun. Oh well...take more :)

Joan - Landscaping and gardening are two things I enjoy, but like most of us, there is limited time to accomplish some of the upkeep. I'm a big fan of taking one project at a time. The Hawthorne bloosoms start out pink and gradually turn white. They produce a berry which hangs on almost all winter. The birds love the berries, which by January-February have become quite fermented, and the birds are great fun to watch after they have gorged themselves!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing your spring flowers. We have a beautiful sunny spring day in Maryland.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 9 years ago

Hi Roy - Thanks for coming by to add some columbine color! Beautiful sunny day here too!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

Yippee, spring is here for New England and very pretty it is too. Love those lilly of the valley, John.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni - Hooray for Spring!!! The lily of the valley must have been here all along as I don't remember planting them. Most of the ones I have seen have been white and bit larger, but these are lavender and on the smaller side. Hope you have a terrific day!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

John, in your first photo, I thought it was hail because that's what my driveway looked like the past four days in a row! I'd much rather have the Hawthorne petals!

All of your photos bring spring time into focus vividly! They are so beautiful! The earth is so much prettier with new blossoms. Thanks for brightening up my day!


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 9 years ago

Beautiful blooms, John. Our azaleas have come and gone, apparently it's a short blooming season for then.  Since our front landscaping is fairly new, I just want for the plants and bushes to survive our hot summers. Very colorful post!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 9 years ago

John - Very nice shots... nice to see some color finally right? Our lilacs have already peaked out here... yours look beautiful...

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Patricia - So sorry you have had hail. That can be devastating! Hawthorne petals falling to the ground are so much quieter! I'm happy to be able to share the seasons with you!

Yolanda - Thanks for dropping by! You certainly have been blessed with your gorgeous tulips. Surely hope your front planting beds hold up to the heat. It has been my experience most ornamentals will survive even the driest heat if they receive enough water. I have some container plants, brugmansias, that don't hesitate to let me know they need daily water.

Hi Robert - There is nothing like lilacs. Now that it has finally warmed up and the windows are open, the lilac scent fills the house. My wife and I cut as many as possible because it makes them come back stronger next year.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

John, fabulous photos. It looks like the Spring has finally arrived to your town. I love all the flowers, particularly lilacs. When I was growing up, we had several around our house and I still remember the sweet fragrance of lilacs.

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Elizabeth -  It's finally here! How long ago were you posting photos of the cherry blossoms? Hard to believe our Spring is so far behind yours! Lilacs are just the best. I understand there is a new variety that blooms again in the summer. Hope you have a great day!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

I'm quite jealous of all that color!  The most I have going on in my yard right now is hosta...not much color there, LOL!  My daughter-in-law brought me some cut lilacs for the kitchen this week, so I have been enjoying their fragrance!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Hi Sharon - This is just the best time of year around here. All the time spent gardening and landscaping really pays off now. I'm also a fan of hostas. True not much color, but there are so many varieties. Love them all!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago

I loved this John!  They are all so beautiful, I can almost smell those lilacs!

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) about 9 years ago

Hi Rene - Thank you! Short season for my favorites, too. But lilacs, I will take them any way I can. The yard smelled so great while they were here. Hope you holiday weekend was great. Back to the grind exciting world of real estate tomorrow!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 9 years ago