Friday, April 7, 2017

April in Paris . . . or is it?

April in Paris Denver

This lovely white-blossomed allee could easily be lining a sidewalk somewhere in Paris. 
But actually, it's in Denver, Colorado. 


Everywhere you look in the city at this time of year, these white crabapple trees are at their peak.
Puffballs of pure white against old bricks make me think of the French countryside in spring,


while this lovely tree framing a private courtyard
reminds me of some of the hidden gardens of Paris. 


Here's a little test.
Is this photo in France or Colorado?
(No peeking at the answer).


Answer:  It's actually in the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Did you guess correctly?

One need only stroll down a street in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood
to be reminded we are not, in fact, in France
but, on a quaint street in Colorado in early April. 


Lilacs are just beginning to open and share their intoxicating scent
next to this stately Victorian in Baker.


It's still a bit early here for perennials to bloom
but these gorgeous red tulips in my own garden have sprung to life already.


I have to remind myself that, although it was a lovely day for an early spring walk in Denver,
I could wake up to a foot of snow tomorrow.
And that's exactly what happened in the mountains!
This photo shows a fresh April snowfall on Mt. Evans,
elevation: 14,240 feet rising above our neighborhood.

Photo by Ron Boyd

Happy Spring!

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34 comments:

  1. Pat, these pictures are so beautiful! I do love to see flowering trees of any kind.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! We had a bluster of a windstorm yesterday. I hope it didn't blow off all these pretty blossoms. Hugs, Pat

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  2. Wow! All so beautiful.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! Hope you're having a lovely weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  3. Your snow-capped mountain shot looks very much like what you can see for much of the year around the Annecy Lake in the French Alps. Beautiful, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Catherine! That's a part of France yet to see. I think I remember the winter olympics were in the French Alps one year on TV and it was amazing. Hugs, Pat

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  4. Love Denver and all the beautiful flowers. I lived in Littleton many years ago. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting; I hope you come back soon. Hugs, Pat

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  5. Gorgeous flowers, we still are not to our last frost date either. It was in the 30s last night, but warm days are bringing out the azaleas.

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    1. Thanks Carole! I love azaleas but they don't do well here. We have a few 30s now and then but mostly, I hope, then. I'm so ready for porch-sittin' weather! Hugs, Pat

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  6. Hi Sis, I sure wish it looked that pretty in Ohio. It was 59 today and suppose to get to low 70s in the next few days. Beautiful pics.

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    1. Thanks Jan! I'm sure you'll catch up soon. I hope your garden is as pretty this year as it always is. Big hugs, Pat

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  7. The scents in spring are beginning to come out. This past week (complete with 6" of snow) has been a visual parade, from flowering pears, white crabapples, to sweetly curved tulips. Such a beautiful time of year! Thanks for sharing some scenes of our pretty city!

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    1. Thanks Monika! The blossoms aren't the only things coming out...we put a yellow jacket trap out and there must have been twenty queens in there immediately. My dog is allergic to bee stings so they are not welcome in my garden. The garden is growing so fast I can almost watch it grow! Hugs, Pat

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  8. Pat, I answered correctly! '-) Actually I've been to Denver many times, but not in the spring. The trees are magnificent! I have a niece who lives in an historic neighborhood in Denver. I guess this might be it.
    Thanks for sharing all this springtime beauty!

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    1. Good for you Sarah! We have many historic neighborhoods in Denver and they're all pretty, especially this time of year. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  9. Beautiful pictures. We are not quite there yet in the bloom department, but warmer weather this week is expected so things should start happening.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Barbara! I'm so ready for warm weather. Things are happening so fast in my garden you can almost see it changing from morning to evening. I love this time of year. Hugs, Pat

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  10. When I was a little girl, my parents planted a Crab Apple tree outside my bedroom window. Your beautiful photos have brought back some very happy memories. Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Hi Susan! I loved your story and am so happy you recalled those happy memories. I hope you have a lovely weekend and a beautiful Easter. Hugs, Pat

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  11. The white blossoming trees here in our little town have been gorgeous as well. I wanted to take a stroll and snap some photos. But alas, it did exactly as you said, snowed here in UT. They are not nearly as lovely now. I love visiting historic districts wherever we travel. The botanical garden looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! You just never know what the weather's going to do. Our white blossoms got nipped one night and are now brownish. Thankfully, we still have the pink blossoms around. Hope you had a nice Easter. Hugs, Pat

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  12. Oh the crab apple tree! I used to have a huge one in my backyard and I miss those gorgeous blooms. Your tulips are stunning, mine haven't opened up yet, but I can't wait for them to pop open.

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    1. Thank you Christine! Crab apples seem to hold a lot of memories for people. Mine has pink blossoms and they're still hanging in there. The white ones have turned brownish so I'm glad I snapped them when I did. Hugs, Pat

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  13. Beautiful photos. It seems spring is making a special effort this year.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you for visiting Amalia! I think the warm winter helped the plants get an early boost. Everything is growing so fast. Hugs, Pat

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  14. Gorgeous photos....spring in next to the Rockies, totally awesome. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

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    1. Thanks Sandi. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  15. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  16. What a lovely slice of France in the USA! Thank you for sharing!

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