Sunday, May 6, 2018

The First Colours Of Spring

Late April features the first signs of any spring flowers here in Ottawa, and they tend to be the small flowers that are showing for just a few days before the bigger ones make themselves known. They tend to come in shades of blue, purple, white, and even yellow, and they're a welcome sight to bees.

These were the first I saw, in the early days of spring warmth. They were sprouting on the grounds outside the Laurentian Centre, which occupies the old J.R. Booth mansion here in Ottawa.


A day or two later, I passed by a couple of houses in Centretown. This garden I've photographed at some point when it's in full bloom- it features that bench.


A few houses away, these were blossoming.


There were even a few in Dundonald Park.


I can always count on finding these in shady spots within Central Park in the Glebe.


There have even been some on the grounds around the National War Memorial.


This last one I took on the final Sunday in April. I happened to be up in Rockcliffe Park (which is both a park and a neighbourhood). These were wrapped around the roots of a tree as I passed by this property.

35 comments:

  1. Yea! Spring has finally sprung in Ottawa. And warmer weather must have arrived also. Color adds so much to the landscape!

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  2. Nice to see the blossoms are peeping up now.

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  3. ...spring, bring it on.

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  4. So nice to see color in the landscape. I especially love the last photo. Have a nice day.

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous! I love these pretty wild spring flowers so much!

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  6. Even from here, it is exciting to see the spring flowers starting to bloom. They are so pretty!

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  7. Subtle colour close to the ground. Nature awakes slowly. Before long...

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  8. Enjoyed these photos, thanks William. Flowers are always lovely to see after winter.

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  9. I bet all those pretty flowers popping up are a welcome sight.

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  10. What an amazing series of flowers. They are my favorite part of spring!

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  11. @Lowell: colour quickly comes back.

    @Marianne: they had a long winter.

    @Tom: indeed!

    @Mildred: that was the first time I was ever on that street. It is a beautiful area.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Grace: they are cheerful to see.

    @Nancy: that they are.

    @Marie: a prelude of what is to come.

    @Denise: they are indeed.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Betty: they are welcome.

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  12. Like under the same Sun and Moon, the ground can feel much the same as well
    Fantastic photographs!

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  13. Yes, never miss those small early blooms. In some natural areas there are much smaller plants that bloom early

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  14. What beautiful little flowers! Very nice sign of spring :-)

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  15. Oh, this color is so very welcome!

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  16. Nice to see Ottawa is getting the first spring colours again.
    We've had that period long behind us ... ;-)

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  17. Finally the flowers are opening up to give us all a lift!

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  18. @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Red: I always go looking for them. This time I went further afield than usual!

    @Tamago: they are a cheerful sight to see.

    @Jeanie: they are indeed.

    @Jan: it's quite spring like today.

    @RedPat: yes, particularly now the tulips, which are responding well to warm weather.

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  19. So happy for you. Spring is the best!

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  20. To discover the first colours each Spring is always wonderful.

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  21. Finally the first signs of the spring.

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  22. They are coming out... slowly but surely!
    : )

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  23. Here they come with their beautiful colours.

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  24. Aren't the early ones just the prettiest? Such a sweet contrast after the coldness of winter.

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  25. Gorgeous sparkles of Spring!

    What is the arch?

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  26. Everyone must be glad to have these bright spots of color popping up around the city.

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  27. I bet everyone is very happy to see dirt and flowers.

    cheers, parsnip

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  28. The first flowers are so welcome !

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  29. It's been the same around here in Nashua, NH, with a hardly non-existant spring and then summer-like temps towards the end of last week. After a rainy Sunday, we are back to cooler, perhaps late spring-like temps today. Blooms are few and far between now!

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  30. Those first of the spring tiny flowers are among those that we completely miss here in the subtropics. I was so happy to get my daughter's snaps of her (Oregon) forget-me-nots, crocus etc.... and I love yours too!

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  31. I love those little flowers. Star flowers?! I have some a bit the worse for wear, but looking pretty.

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  32. I just love the Spring season.
    Great to see these blooms in your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  33. Spring is arrived all around. We have the heatwave and the whole nature have blossomed out of bloom suddenly. It's very nice.

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  34. They're especially beautiful after all that snow.

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