You’ve been teasing us with warm days and buds bursting from the soil with new life.  And then you turn around and shower us with sleet, and snow for days on end, and through clouds of steel give us only glimpses of sunshine.  Some days I think you are positively mean.  And then I realize…it is not Spring…it is still winter…for a few more days.  Winter officially departs and lovely dear Spring rides in March 20, at precisely 7:02 AM EDT.


Spring Quote :: Yellow Winter Aconites :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


It fascinates me that on this first day of Spring…day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. Did you know that the Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward, it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west?  What a marvelously precise world this is which we call our home.  The details which make this giant orb turn blow my mind.  I am so grateful to our Creator for the intricacy that make it possible for life to even exist, and for those first swollen buds I see on the Pussy Willow Tree in Spring.


Winter Aconites :: First flowers of Spring :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Along my path on a recent gray day I discovered a bit of sunshine midst the ground cover and leaf litter.  Winter Aconite.  I am totally smitten with this yellow.  There is no doubt that in my next garden, those cheerful yellow flowers will also make a home there.  You can be sure.


The Winter Aconite Fairy Poem

by Cicely Mary Baker

Deep in the Earth
I woke, I stirred.
I said: “Was that Spring I heard?
For something called!”
“No, no,” they said:
“Go back to sleep. Go back to bed.”
“You’re far too soon;
The world’s too cold
For you, so small.” So I was told.
But how could I
Go back to sleep?
I could not wait; I had to peep!

Up, up, I climbed,
And here am I.
How wide the earth! How great the sky!
O wintry world,
See me, awake!
Spring calls, and comes; ’tis no mistake.

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Here are this week’s posts…

  1. Praise God With All My Heart  ~  {Joy Day!}
  2. DIY Home Decor :: Easy Grapevine and Burlap Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial
  3. Spring Crocus :: The “Amen” of Nature…


It’s been an another Extraordinary week on the blog.

We started the week with some lovely floral photos captured at Phipps Conservatory and mediated on a few verses from Psalms, I made an Easter egg wreath and shared a tutorial so you can make one too, and finished it up with a lovely quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes and the most gorgeous purple crocus that appeared between the snowflakes along with some Honey Bees.   It was a lovely week for me, and I hope for you as well.  I am sooo very blessed that you would join me on this journey.   It amazes me that you come here and find inspiration and encouragement.  Thank you.  Your comments truly make my day.  Hugs to each of you who make this feel like a chat and not me just tapping words into space.


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  1. Anna says

    Thank you for the reminder spring is ALMOST here. And your photos are gorgeous!!!

    • Diane says

      Yay for soon-to-be Spring!! This winter has seemed so long.
      Thank you for your sweet words, Anna! 🙂

  2. Diane, these are stunning! How could I have not known this plant! And I just read that they are deer resistant, a critical factor in planting here. I also read a suggestion for planting with snowdrops and bluebells which I already have. I’m excited! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Diane says

      Oh my goodness Elaine! I am blessed that this introduced you to a wonderful new plant. Yay!!!
      Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  3. Dianne, beautiful flowers and a great wreath!

  4. ColleenB. says

    such beautiful flowers. Looks like some sort of vine. Wish I had some of them in my yard. Great photos; thanks for sharing.
    Here, the sun is shining, birds are singing, trees budding out and blooming, grass turning green and have irises blooming. Now, if only it wasn’t so windy, but can expect that here in Texas.

    • Diane says

      It’s so exciting to hear that Spring has sprung for you Colleen!!
      The flowers are among some ground cover which gives it that look…but they are not a vine.
      Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet thoughts! 🙂

  5. Mel says

    I LOVE ’em! And I adore the photos–they leave me wanting to take a trek to the park and go in search. NOT that they’ve awakened here–too much snow and too cold. *sigh* Yes, I know Spring IS coming…HURRY UP! LOL Oh, but we did see redwing blackbirds perched along the grasslands and on the wires–they’re a sign that it’s already arrived and I’m just NOT LOOKING.
    Right…..so best I LOOK in sunlit areas for the peeping out of the brilliant colours.
    I always adore that brilliance next to the fallen leaves. It’s always such a pleasure, yaknow? (yes, you do know!)
    Enjoy your Saturday, ma’am.
    And I’ll convince he-who-does-the-driving that he really WANTS to kidnap me to the park! 😉

    • Diane says

      Oh Mel….I hope you made it to the park today!! 🙂
      I always think of the red winged blackbirds as heralds of spring. We’ve been hearing them for about 2 weeks. And Robins for about the same amount of time. But, my are the Robins busy and great in number. I love hearing them every morning and evening.

  6. We are almost there…thank goodness! Visiting from SITS!

    • Diane says

      Thanks for stopping by Jamie!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary week!

  7. I too am so excited for spring. Just two more day to make it official, but we’re enjoying the spring weather already.

    • Diane says

      Oooooo….lucky you! We had snow, sleet, and freezing rain today!

  8. June says

    Sweet promises of Spring! Thank you for sharing the poem. It was a lovely addition to your pretty pictures.

    • Diane says

      And today we needed that promise as we were bombarded with fierce winds, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. :-/
      I’m glad you liked the poem too!!!
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  9. Beautiful. I’m so glad spring is here too. The aconites are definitely a cheerful, winning bloom. Some of my best garden inspiration come on my daily walk/runs too. Thank you for posting the lovely pictures and thoughts…Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

    • Diane says

      Awww….thanks Lynaea!
      Isn’t it wonderful when spring finally comes! It’s so good for our souls!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

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