Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Golden Bells

The forsythias were the first bushes to bloom here this spring, and there are a lot of them in our neighborhood. I took so many pictures of these beautiful bushes, but finally narrowed them down to the dozen you see here. To me, they look like rays of earthly sunshine shouting up into the sky. There are about ten different species of forsythia, and they are used as medicine to treat lung and throat diseases, sometimes even being given intravenously! Forsythias are also called Golden Bells, and sometimes when the breeze is just right, I can almost hear them ringing!


“Oh, visit the earth, ask her to join the dance! Deck her out in spring showers, fill the God-River with living water. Paint the wheat fields golden. Creation was made for this! Drench the plowed fields, soak the dirt clods with rainfall as harrow and rake bring her to blossom and fruit.”
Psalm 65

34 comments:

Lynn said...

Wow, I just did my post and was going to bed when your post popped up! So happy to see you! Have been praying and concerned about you. I have had a busy week, very busy with all 5 of the grands so I did not see the post before this one. Yes, the Forsythia is such a beautiful, sunny yellow, happy tree or shrub. Cannot help but smile when we see this can we? Again, so happy to see you. Hope you are much better now.

SquirrelQueen said...

Your neighborhood must be a golden paradise right now Ginny, those are all beautiful. So far I have only seen a few little ones beginning to bloom around town. I'm thinking about planting one in my yard. I just wish they bloomed longer.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I didn't know that about the medicinal quality of the bush...is it the flowers or the bark that they use you wonder?!! Beautiful images...I especially like the one that has the three dogs laying under/beside it.

Ann said...

I have forsythia along the side of my house and it's in full bloom right now. I love it when it gives me that splash of sunshine in spring.
I had no idea that it was used for medicine

Bobbi said...

So pretty Ginny! Hope you are feeling better...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have some forsythia here that I planted when we first moved in. It's never gotten all that big, but I enjoy it.

From the Kitchen said...

Glad to "see" you this morning. I picture Phil careening about the winding valley roads while you shoot photos of the beautiful forsythia!! Good times. I didn't know they were used for medicines. I do know that lots of plants are. I'll have to ask The Baker if he knows the medicinal uses of forsythia.

Best,
Bonnie

Rhonda said...

Ginny, I do not know for sure what those lil white/green spotted flowers are: I can hear mom calling them by name but for the sake of pete I can grasp it...
What beautiful Forsythias...I MUST have me a few of those for my yard....Have a blessed Monday my friend

Autumn said...

What a wonderful feeling...to sit and view God's wonder in nature. The one with the dogs made me smile.

Sandra said...

absolutely stunning!!! i love all yellow flowers and this is a display of a gazillion yellow flowers. you win The Prize if you can guess which photo is my favorite of them ALL...

Chatty Crone said...

The forsythias are gorgeous - I know we must have them here - lol - but I guess I missed them with all the other blossoms. I am still worried about you. Love, sandie

Shug said...

I just love the beautiful yellow colors of the forsythia's. It's as if they are opening their branches wide to invite us in to Spring...
Have a good day and I do hope you are feeling better..
shug

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! That is vivid colour. What a treat in early spring!

Rose said...

Oh, I am with you on them being like the sun...these are beautiful, Ginny.

Stephanie V said...

So glad to see you and your forsythia! Ours are just about out...another day of sunshine maybe.

Beverly said...

I love the forsythia. I remember taking lots of photos of it last year when I was there. Hoping spring will still be there when I come. I'll be there Thursday.

SweetMarie said...

So glad to see you on your blog. Sandra was kind enough to keep me posted about your health. I hope everything is going smoothly for you. These stunning yellow-gold blooms have put a smile on my face! I LOVE the one with the three doggies! Have a peaceful week Ginny!

George said...

I don't think anything says 'Spring' as much as forsythia does. There beautiful. We got a forsythia bush last Spring. It's still small, but it did have some beautiful golden blossoms.

Just Be Real said...

How lovely. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Ginny, hope you are feeling better now. I love forsythias and the beautiful yellow that is so cheerful. I didn't realize that there were so many different species. These are all great shots! Have a wonderful day!

Eva Ason said...

Hi Ginny,
Beautiful pictures, the yellow makes me smile. And cannot help but noticing the beautiful dogs in the background...love the Husky one. Reminds me of a dog we had when I was younger.
Have a lovely day!

Eva

Filip Demuinck said...

We have a bush like that in our garden but a lot smaller.

Greetings,
Filip

Becky Jane said...

The Lord is so good to give us such vibrant yellow rays of sunshine. After a long dark winter, these bushes make my heart sing! Thanks for these pictures. Now that I'm stuck in a motel and not able to get out without help, I feel I'm missing spring! Your pictures have brightened my day! Happy Monday Sweet friend!

Remington said...

Beautiful! The color yellow always makes me smile!

Remington said...

Hope you are feeling better....you had us worried....

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

My mom is in love with those bushes... I love their happy color, too. How are you feeling Ginny?

LC said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty and wonder via camera and writing!

barbara l. hale said...

That crazy, wild forsythia! Isn't it beautiful this time of year? Makes me smile.

Glenda said...

I agree, Ginny, that the forsythia is a happy bush! Wish I had them in my yard. Hope you are feeling better!

LV said...

Your post should certainly put a bright spot in your day. It did mine. Very pretty.

missing moments said...

I love your forsythia ... and I am glad they have found a way to treat you. I was so sorry to hear of your illness. I hope you get well soon!

momto8 said...

they are glorious! I love the brilliant happy yellow!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Forsythias, Ginny... I love them during the spring...

Hugs,
Betsy

Ann said...

strange, we have yellow trees too. Phoenix is 6, very polite boy.