Friday, June 6, 2014

Springtime Blossoms

This weekend is Doors Open in Ottawa. I'll be busy taking pics, and will have them posted, but I'll give myself a few days breathing space with some posts of various subjects before then.

For a brief time each spring, some of the trees and bushes here bloom in vibrant pinks, purples, and whites. Lilacs, cherry trees, and more can be found among them. The shots I have today are all close to home in Old Ottawa South; the closest examples are thirty seconds from my front door. I have more of this to come over the next couple of days.

This last bush is nearly overwhelming the lion sculpture beside it.


  1. I love watching the trees during this season, and the "snow" of petals :)

  2. Some beautiful examples of flowering trees here!
    Happy Friday! :)

  3. Beautiful...beautiful....beautiful!

  4. My favourites are photo #3 and the lilacs!

  5. Goodness you live in the most beautiful place.
    Such colors. Wonderful photos.

    cheers, parsnip

  6. Spectacular ! I'm having a second spring... albeit virtual.

  7. Those early blossoms are breathtaking, and I love the moment they appear, but, alas, the blooms are gone too quickly!

  8. Wonderful!

    I look forward to seeing what you find at the Ottawa Doors Open!

  9. Lion... did you say there's a lion there? :-))

    Isn't spring marvellous?

  10. @Meradeth: we can get plenty of falling petals.

    @Halcyon: thanks!

    @MB: thank you!

    @Linda: the house gets a brief but glorious show of pink right outside the window!

    @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Stuart: it won't be long til we're deep into summer here.

    @Kate: they are gone much too quickly.

    @EG: I will be busy all day tomorrow and Sunday.

    @Ciel: the poor thing looks lost amid the blossoms!

  11. Beautiful, William, it's always great to see the blossoms come after a long and cold winter. Because we didn't have any winter this year, the blossoms were very soon this year. Meanwhile all the blossoms have gone overhere.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous blossoms!

  13. The pink ones are my favorite!

  14. Lilacs are gorgeous this year but the apple blossoms are non existent.
    Jane x

  15. Your area is awash in color and scents. So beautiful! And then you've got tulips, too!

  16. i think i love blooming trees and shrubs even better than flowers. :) i need more of them here. have lost a few over the years to drought, insects, etc.

  17. Ottawa in spring makes up for the (shudder) winter!

  18. Is it any wonder that we look forward to spring! The tree I posted today gets huge white blossoms in spring but I visited it too late this year.

  19. @Jan: we still have some lilacs doing nicely, and those white blossoms as well.

    @VP: thank you!

    @Mike: thanks!

    @Lois: they are pretty.

    @Jane and Chris: I haven't seen much in the way of apple blossoms this year.

    @Sharon: thanks!

    @Lowell: it's been a good spring for flowers and these blossoms.

    @Tex: where I grew up we had some bushes that really bloomed nicely.

    @Norma: but winter is good!

    @Judy: I'll check it out! I was looking for a snowball blossom shrub this year, but haven't found one.

  20. Love it, love it, love it.

    Happy Weekend!

  21. Gosh spring in Ottawa is absolutely fabulous William, I can just image the aromas floating around here.

  22. Gorgeous assortment of Spring colors, William!

  23. Spring is so wonderful especially after the winter we have had!

  24. So beautiful trees. I like their flowers.

  25. @Luis: I think so too.

    @Whisk: thank you.

    @Grace: the lilac scent in particular is good.

    @Karl: thank you.

    @RedPat: it was a long winter.

    @Marleen: this year the colours hve been vibrant.

    @Mo: thanks!

    @Cheryl: that they are.

    @Feyza: it's a nice way to kick off the summer seeing these trees like that.

  26. i bet the lilacs are heavenly scented. beautiful. ( :

  27. Ottawa is certainly a beautifully planted city

  28. All those blossoms must be truly heady! Isn't it nice to have such a beautiful view near your front door?

  29. These northern 'lights' delight!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  30. Lovely! One of the first times I wish for smell-o-vision on my computer.

  31. There is nothing like spring shrubs and trees, is there?

  32. It's fascinating to see the time line of spring between Virginia's pictures in Birmingham, what I see here, and your posts up in Ottawa. Latitude rules.

  33. I live in the land of very mild weather. For us to see spring time scenes such as these, we have to go to them (which we do). Our darned local palm trees don't blossom at all! Beautiful photos William.

  34. Truth. Trees bloom shortly. It's easy to miss a moment.

  35. @Beth: they are.

    @Daryl: true.

    @Kay: it is. At times I miss that place.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Jack: true.

    @Bob: it does.

    @Pat: we get extremes.

    @Mariusz: that's true.