Though here and there…

…a late Daffodil blooms…

Late Daffodil

…the first week of June has brought the first of Summer’s beauty!

The first Hosta blossoms I've come across

The first Hosta blossoms I’ve come across

A Hosta stalk, its blossoms still hidden

A Hosta stalk, its blossoms still hidden

This Hosta stalk has made a bit more progress

This Hosta stalk has made a bit more progress

Wednesday evening, though it had begun to rain, I took a short walk to a nearby courtyard I had never entered and found these beauties among a wide variety of other Flora:

Pale Pink Roses

Pale Pink Roses

Deeper Pink Roses

Deeper Pink Roses

Salmon-colored Roses

Salmon-colored Roses

They’re all a bit late in blooming, due to a cold and somewhat wet, cloudy Spring…but it’s only two more weeks until Summer officially begins, at 12:04 AM (CDT) on the 21st of June–the Summer Solstice…and perhaps our Chicago weather will warm up some before then?!?

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Hurray!

It’s May, and all those April showers we received certainly did the trick!

The neighborhood is abundant with colors!

Yellows, Oranges, Blues, Purples, Greens and Reds!

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Daffs Plot

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Forsythia-3

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Tulips in a Row-2

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Grape hyacinths

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Pansy Trio

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Spring softness…

…in all its loveliness!

At one side of the building entry, a soft chartreuse...

At one side of the building entry, a soft chartreuse…

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...complemented by the same on the opposite side.

…is complemented by the same on the opposite side.

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Soft yellow Daffodils

Soft yellow Daffodils…

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...and a lone, creamy yellow Tulip

…and a lone, creamy yellow Tulip.

This morning

After being abruptly roused at 4:30 AM from a not-long-enough sleep by a “flash/boomer” directly overhead, I reluctantly got out of bed to check if there had been a power outage.

Thankfully, NOT!

Rain poured down loudly against the windows, accompanied by continual flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder.

Later, the morning looked like this:

Not a hint of the thirteen story Farcroft building just a block and a half away...

Not a hint of the thirteen story Farcroft building just a block and a half away…

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...nor the highrise of downtown Evanston!

…nor the highrise of downtown Evanston!

I walked in what had by then become a light rain to the bus shelter…

...where this was the view of Loyola Park, and proceeded to my appointment--which I eventually found had been cancelled.

…where this was the view of Loyola Park, and proceeded to my appointment–which I eventually found had been cancelled.

Lots of flooding in and around Chicago this morning–five or so inches of rain made for a hellish commute, with many underpasses holding several feet of water…and a few cars!

While walking back home (the rain had stopped and I need the exercise!), puddles were everywhere, such as this one, where heavy equipment is parked:

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Closer to home, even the  Daffodils suffered the effects of the heavy downpours:

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Poor, sodden little things!

Though Spring is late…

…and yesterday’s weather was horrid, I did find some cheer as I headed to my doctor’s appointment!

DAFFODILS!!!

DAFFODILS!!!

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A small variety, but they certainly lifted my spirits on a very cold, rainy day!

A small variety, but they certainly lifted my spirits on a very cold, rainy day!

Yesterday’s walk…

…produced Springtime surprises!

At the Emil Bach House, the legendary array of Tulips had begun to sprout!

First Bach House-1

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Next door at the Cat’s Cradle Bed and Breakfast, more of the same!

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First Cats Cradle-1

Plus…the very first Crocus!

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At the corner of Sheridan Road and Fargo Avenue, the Daffodils are standing proudly…won’t be long until they bloom!

Fargo Daffs

Farther up Fargo Avenue, more Daffodils and Crocus!

Fargo Crocus and Daffs

But the best ‘gift’ of the day was my favorite early bloomer–the delicate, yet very hardy, Snowdrop!

Fargo Snowdrops

Officially, Spring begins with the vernal equinox at 6:02 A.M. (CDT) on March 20, 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hooray!!!

Yesterday’s surprises

I live a short half-block from Lake Michigan, a few blocks south of the Chicago/Evanston border.  Spring has never ‘arrived’ quite this early, as shown in yesterday afternoon’s shots below.  BTW, it was over 80 degrees here, but when I returned home close to 5 PM, the old “cooler by the lake” adage took over…it was at least 15 degrees cooler here than four blocks to the west.

Greens ‘n’ Buds!

Daffodils…this early?

More daffodils…on the 15th of March?

Shadows and Forsythia

I must apologize for not posting these last evening, but the combo of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis caught up with me…I ate a simple supper and was in bed by 7 PM!