Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Once Again...


It is April with showers and sunshine.  We are truly having Spring this year.  Most years it is hit and miss with lots of snow and winter.  Here is a photo of our Saucer Magnolias.  We have three in a group that are kept at bush size.  They are over 70 years old and we brought them here from Southern California hoping that they would survive and so they have.  We do see some Saucer Magnolia Trees around this area also.


The flowers are magnificent.  Some people refer to these as "Tulip Trees".  Normally the buds form and take about five months to bloom.  The green leaves seem to sprout overnight just when the buds begin to shed their protective sheaths.  The rain or snow usually comes and knocks down the blooms.  We have been having rain but so far the blooms are still tight enough that they aren't able to collect too much water weight and droop to ruin.  The blossoms only last a few short days so I am enjoying them immensely.  Mr. C always feels extra special as they seem to bloom for his birthday each year.  He really likes these.
This morning I was able to join some other Chamber of Commerce volunteers and staff and get a personal tour of this charming little house.  It is now a vacation rental and here is the link if you wish to check it out.  http://www.flipkey.com/nevada-city-cottage-rentals/p461823/  I have always admired this place.  It has such a lot of history to it.  For any of you who love the Hallmark movie "The Christmas Card" which was filmed here in Nevada City, this sits right next to the beautiful white church featured in the movie.  This was originally the rectory for the church.  Later it became "The Teddy Bear Museum" known world-wide.  Then a "Two Room Inn" B&B rental.  I am thrilled that I finally got to go inside and see it for myself.  I would live there if I could.  ;o)
Nothing clever or creative in the craftsy/artsy world to show.  Mr. C and I have been very busy socially as the weather is nicer and there are numerous birthdays to celebrate this month.  Somehow I am not able to even do any stitching at these venues...the lighting is too dim, lots of visiting and chatting and dancing and general all around having fun.  So I don't fret over not being able to stitch my portable projects which I carry with me.  Life is to be enjoyed and we are definitely doing that.
May you have Spring and Sunshine and Joyful Smiles...

28 comments:

  1. wow. I can't imagine blooms on a tree, even a bush that look like that. Buds? Not even close. Lots of snow but enjoy the lovey birthday month, Sherry! Dance on!

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  2. My magnolia is light pink with deep throats. I love the color of yours. Mine is now a tree. I planted a twig size so 20+ years ago. I love that little house and enjoyed reading about it. The Christmas Card, was that with Ed Asner about his daughter writing to a serviceman. I loved that story and that town. You live in a beautiful place.
    Also good luck with the sashiko. I too bought the thread and needles and a book. That's as far as I got.Mmmmm!

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  3. Sure looks like spring at your house! Love the charming rental!!! How nice!

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  4. You are right, you should be having fun, not stitching!! I love that you were able to move your magnolia...I would have bet against them living...I would be wrong lol! Enjoy your great weather!

    Carol

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  5. oh my, spring, it looks amazing to me, we are still buried in snow,

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  6. Sounds like a belated Happy Birthday!! is in order to Mr. C....we hope it was a very special day! The magnolias are splendid and I can understand how their blooming is a birthday treat.
    The little house is adorable and I can see how you would want to live there - how cute!
    Enjoy your parties and celebrations Sherry, your beautiful room with all it's treasures will be there waiting for you when the music stops!

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  7. So glad you are enjoying life and the spring weather. Your saucer magnolias are beautiful! Happy Birthday wishes to Mr. C!

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  8. Yes, it looks like spring at your house! Your magnolia looks great.
    We are waiting to "wake up" here where I live, it's so cold here still, no sign of spring yet.

    Enjoy the beautiful weather!
    Gaby xo

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  9. your magnolia looks splendid, tiny buds are just forming on mine, they say spring is 6 weeks late here in dreary England. Just daffodils, crocus and one anemone out, looks like the snow damaged the tulips so much I do not expect any to flower this year.

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  10. I adore your magnolia tree. I have always wanted one and have yet to plant one in my yard. Maybe one day!
    Still waiting for crocus to bloom here in Michigan!

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  11. Wow, your tulips are gorgeous. How beautiful. Can't wait to see them all bloomed.
    Love that little house. So cute.
    TFS. ana

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  12. Thank you for sharing the beautiful magnolia picture!

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  13. A lovely post Sherry. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. Here in Regina, Saskatchewan we are still buried under snow and the temperature right now is only 6 F. We also have more snow on the way! So it's doubly nice to see your flowers blooming :)

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  14. Dear Sherry, I hope you had a wonderful day when celebrating your mr.C`s birthday!
    The tree -yes here in Denmark we also calls it a :"tulipan træ" and they are many places here on the island,---so very beaytiful.
    The house looks fantastic, too, it must have been special seing it inside.
    Hope for weather with rain and snow! here,too!!
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  15. aren't magnolia blossoms amazing?!?

    I have a Chinese Tree Peony a friend sent me for my birthday one year. It was a little plant about a foot tall... every year it grew larger and bloomed on my birthday week. I've moved that plant twice, and it has survived and will be blooming again here... although the past few years it's blooming a month later due to colder spring weather. The blooms only last a week or two, but how glorious they are! Giant white flowers with intricate centers..... God is so good with the details of beauty!

    Enjoy your springtime,
    Violet

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  16. I can't wait for spring to arive here too!! WOW! 70 year old flowers! Like tulips, yes, I can see why that is said because it seems like a second after a tulip opens, it dies:(
    That little house looks amazing!! I would totally live there! But I would have to get a divorce or win the lotto for that to happen! Wish me luck with the lottery!!LOL
    xxD

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  17. Spring is great, but it's killing Rick's allergies. Me, I love fall and winter -- I don't do well in the heat at ALL!

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  18. Nice to see Spring as sprung in your parts. Sounds like you are definitely enjoying your time. That little house looks like it would be a lovely place to visit and stay. :) Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

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  19. Isn't it beautiful?! A time of rebirth and life

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  20. Sherry- it's so wonderful to see beautiful spring pictures-- magnolia are one of my favorites. Such a beautiful shade of purpleish pink. That's the cutest little cottage I've ever seen!!

    Vicki

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  21. OH, I could live in that house too! Love all of your blooms, so glad spring has sprung

    Carol

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  22. Our neighbor has the same trees. They are amazing. Yours look so beautiful. And you have had them so long! That is wonderful.
    I am glad you are having better weather. Hopefully you will be able to get back to your projects soon, I know how you love to create!
    That house is gorgeous! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  23. I Love those tulip trees. We don't have any but we did have two magnolias at one time. Harsh winters took both of them a while back.
    This year my roses have taken a beating. heavy sigh. Enjoy your beautiful spring Sherry.
    Hugs Lynn

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  24. Beautiful Spring photos! Love that cottage, too! xxoo

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  25. Your magnolias are GORGEOUS, Sherry! I remember my Grama K having a pale tulip tree, as she called it, but now I wonder if it was a magnolia...? Hmmmmm. I am glad to hear that you not only have spring, but that you and Mr C are able to enjoy it- together! It looks like daffodils may be springing up here.

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  26. Good to see you are busy and enjoying your time with your friends and your DH. Take care. ~Diane

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  27. What a fantastic cottage - will have to check it out! Beautiful blooms.

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  28. Just beautiful!!

    Thanks so much for your visit!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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