I know spring is near when the hardenbergia blooms

Dreaming in purple watercolors

"Dreaming in purple watercolors"

digitally painted photograph by Cindy Garber Iverson

The photo above is one I created in 2009 from a photograph I took while walking our street. The neighbor had a wonderful climbing vine that was covered in this tiny purple flowers that grew on a pergola right on the sidewalk.

After falling in love with the teeny tiny orchid-like blooms, I did some investigation and found out that the vine is called Hardenbergia violacea or "Happy Wanderer" and acquired two for my own garden. Their are going on their second spring here at Rosehaven Cottage.

Because I've been recovering from surgery for the past 2 weeks (click here to read more about that), I haven't been out walking the garden looking for blooms like I usually do in mid-February. Imagine my delighted surprise when I looked out my studio window to see swathes of purple billowing up on their fence-line trellises!

Spring is definitely near when the hardenbergia blooms.

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  1. Beautiful! I've never seen Hardenbergia. And I LOVE what you did with the photos!

  2. I may have to look that vine up. We live in Missouri where winters can be miserable (this year) so it might not work for me, but I do need a vine for a trellis. So glad you are doing so well after your surgery!

  3. Yes yes yes! spring will be here very soon, I'm glad you have some pretty purple blooms to enjoy!

  4. Very pretty. I like this shade of purple, too. Glad to hear you're doing well and are on the mend.

  5. So beautiful! Your texture and talents make the central bloom leap off the screen

  6. I remember how jealous I was the first time you blogged about this and how determined I was to get one of my own. Have I? No. But I Will!

  7. Cindy I adore youur fine art photography, what a luscious image!! So ready for spring!

    Art by Karena

  8. So lovely! We are beginning to get some kinda spring here...which is nice, but just makes me miss your neighborhood a whole lot more. Glad you are recuperating nicely dear, sure love you!

  9. absolutely gorgeous blooms,Cindy

  10. That is a stunning photo, I love everything about it. Do you have spring there yet? We are expecting snow.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


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