Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' emerging

It is literally on the first day of spring that I am responding to the call for entries for the Gardening Gone Wild March photo contest.  Saxon Holt, co-author of The American Meadow Garden will be the judge.  The theme is ‘Awakening’ and that is so appropriate to what is happening all around us.  We’ve had weather in the 70’s and that has accelerated a spring that was long overdue.  A week of warm dry weather has even allowed me to till the garden and plant the peas today.  So yes, the spring is upon the land and things are waking up.  But which things to choose for the photo contest contribution.  Ah, there’s the question.  The little bleeding hearts at the top of the page struck me as almost like little people waving at the sky saying, “Look at me, look at me”.  But enough with these celery stalk wannabes.  I didn’t choose them.

There were also many little flowers like the ones I posted this morning.  One of the nicest for representing ‘Awakening’ was this Winter Aconite.

Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) opening up

This flower almost has a double meaning for the ‘Awakening’ theme.  Both for the season and for the daily opening of the flower in the morning.

Another candidate was this Tree Peony unraveling its bud.

Tree Peony bud opening up

The complexity of the bud as it wakes to the spring is marvelous.  And just a hint of what is to come in the flower.

The final candidate is the Star Magnolia which, as always, is a star of the show for this season.  It is waking up hour by hour right now and the tree cannot wait to share it’s flowery show.

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) awakening

Shh, I think we caught the bud in the act of praying to the sky for more sunshine…

This will be my entry for the March contest.  Go to the GGW site to see other March photos.

4 comments on “Awakening

  1. Noelle/azplantlady

    All of your photos are just lovely and clearly speak to the theme. But I am glad you chose the Star Magnolia…it is my favorite too 🙂

  2. Les

    The Dicentra look almost alien.

    Good luck with your entry!

  3. Teresa

    Really amazing pictures, every one. I think you could win with any of those. Funny how when you look so close up at them they look more like aliens than flowers. Perspective. good luck in the contest.

  4. janet

    Your macro shots are beautiful. I like them all, but the tree peony is really incredible.