Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring in Wheeling, West Virginia

Photo of iris
©2011 Leslie Nutting

This beautiful flower photograph was sent to me by Leslie Nutting. According to Leslie this is an early type of iris which is very small and blooms when the snowdrops do. Who knew? Not me. So in addition to helping me hold on until Spring arrives and sticks around in my neighborhood, this project is also teaching me new things.

You probably won't be surprised to learn that I like to rush Spring. I want it to arrive as early as possible.

Of course, I actually have no influence on when Spring gets to town. Shocking, I know.

But I fool myself into thinking I do by planting early blooming flowers. First I planted daffodils. Then some crocuses. Last year a friend kindly gave me some snowdrops and winter aconites from her yard.

I'll give you three guesses to what flower I'll be looking to plant next. Oh yes, it will be the early iris. And I'll have Leslie to thank!

Leslie is an artist. She paints contemporary portraits, figures and landscapes. I especially love her figure paintings as they are full of emotion. If you'd like to check them out, her links are below.

Leslie Nutting Website
Leslie Nutting Facebook Fan Page


Jennifer Rose said...

very pretty :D

I've seen a few of them around town, but of course never have the camera with me when i do :/

spring has finally arrived here (i think), lots of blooms and the snow on the mountains is finally melting away

Mary Jane said...

Hi Stacy - I checked out your friend Leslie's website. Her paintings are wonderful!
What a nice idea this is. To share spring with photos and art!

Stacy said...

Jennifer, isn't that little iris adorable! I've never seen one before. I will have to be on the lookout for one in the neighborhood.

Mary Jane, I agree, Leslie's work is wonderful. I am so glad you checked it out and enjoyed it!

Leslie said...

Hi Stacy!

Thank you so much for featuring my little iris picture! It is snowing here again, but I am still hopeful that spring will come SOON! On the positive side, bad weather does keep artists in their studios instead of digging around in the garden...

Also, thank you all for the nice comments on my artwork. This is a great idea to "cross pollinate" - there I go thinking about flowers again!

I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous work, Stacy, especially as the farmer's markets get back in gear!

Leslie Nutting