Here, we are unable to grow azaleas in the ground due to our soil. So, I have a lovely Encore dwarf azalea in a pot. It was a gift from our friend Nancy, so it is special to me for several reasons. A reminder of happy memories and a good friend!
Another favorite plant that I'm unable to put in the ground here (well, I can put it in the ground; it will die, though!) is a gardenia...sigh...the memories of gardenia mornings. Here's my gardenia waiting to be potted--a gift from our friends John and Cindy. My mom shared plants with friends who shared their cuttings with her, also. So, a walk in our yard meant hearing stories of each plant and its origins. I'm glad I have the same kind of associations with my plants.
Another sign of spring was discovered when I moved this hanging basket. I quickly put it back and was relieved to see the mama bird return and care for her eggs. The only thing better than discovering a bird's nest? Little children on tippy-toes looking with wonder at that newly discovered nest!
Thank you Lord for the blessings of springtime after the sometimes dreary days of winter!