Spring Blooms

The plants in the perennial bed are only beginning to emerge and take shape. Leaves are unfurling on branches. Take a quick glance at my backyard and you’ll see browns and greens.

But, look closely in the meadow. Take a moment. Focus your eyes on the small and you’ll see violets.

There are flowers on the rock wall, too.

There are subtle blooms in the shade garden. The white bleeding hearts are an ephemeral spring beauty.

Some blooms are promises of things to come.

Delicate white blossoms will become blueberries,

and these beauties will fruit into peaches.

The drama of the summer garden is yet to come, but after a long, white, icy winter, I am loving this gradual transition. There’s a sudden burst of color underfoot where yesterday there was none. A tree is a haze of pink where yesterday it was bare twigs. I’m in no hurry for summer.


  1. Lovely photos. I love the little blue “quaker ladies”. A sure sign of spring.
    I wanted to say that I got six chicks at the chicken swap this morning. I found two leghorns…don’t know why, but I love their quirkly stop-action activity..and the eggs! Got some wyandottes…one silver laced, one gold laced, and two columbian. I need a few more, but they didn’t have the welsummers I wanted. Sigh. Maybe next time.
    I will appreciate these little girls now as I start my chemotherapy in two weeks. They will be a welcomed distraction. Happy Spring to all, Lucy

  2. Do you get good volume of peaches without spraying? I don’t, somebody always beats me to them. Usually ants.

    • I did until the bad bugs discovered my tree last year! This year I’ll try a homebrew of insecticidal soap that worked on a tree in the front yard.

  3. Terri, I am happy to see spring has found you at Little Pond Farm. Thank you so much for your kind comment regarding Pip. I am sad to say it was not an easy death. You would think with all the vets I have been dealing with this past year one would know something about chickens. I now know chickens are considered a large animal and in such need a large animal vet. I love your blog and you offer us chicken keepers a wealth of information, thank you. I so enjoyed Tillie Lays An Egg, I have invited a daycare for storytime next week so I can share Tillie’s wonderful tale. Happy Mother’s Day, Julie.

  4. Those aren’t violets, they’re bluets or, as Lucy says, quaker ladies. My wildflower book identifies them as bluets. FYI, violets have 5 petals that extend back into a spur. Leaves are heart shaped. In any case, a sure and welcome sign of spring.

  5. I love bleeding hearts. I haven’t seen any in years…thanks for sharing yours. Our wildflowers are mostly gone out here in California. They are so magnificent on the hillsides for a short while, and then they’re gone. The chickens are running out of fresh grass as it turns to brown weeds. Enjoy your Spring beauty. I know you had a long Winter and you deserve it.

  6. My bleeding hearts are pink/red. They are also looking lovely at the moment. I also thought your voilets dont look like mine but thought it may be because you are in a differant part of the world. I would agree with Carolyn but also thought they look lovely all the same.

    Although I am only a virtual chicken keeper, I am a keen gardener. I too thought your garden photos are lovely.

  7. Happy Mother’s Day Terry! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the compassionate and caring mothers of their own creatures-great and small!

  8. Could you tell me how to catch and hold a chicken properly without them pecking but also a way that wont hurt them