Early Spring Flowers
The weather is easing up and the days are getting longer … yes, my faith in nature has been restored! The dogs are staying outside longer also, bringing in mud instead of snowballs. It’s ok, I’ll do the trade-off. Winter does not show my best side, not because of the snow so much as the short days.
This year I did keep thistle seed outside my window for the Gold Finches. They have made a world of difference in my attitude and outlook. Bright little streaks of yellow on the grey days can make a huge difference. Their song in the winter seems a bit more bright, instead of the melancholy two-note trill. Perhaps they brighten each other up!
As I was leaving my home yesterday, a neighbor was walking his sweet lab. She is older and moves slow. We were able to get in quite a few topics of discussion before she was ready to move on. Among solving all the worldly problems, he noticed a speck of color in my dull and rotted leaf yard – the tiniest of daffodils were up and were lifting their little heads to the sun! Yea! As I looked further, I found the bulbs were all poking up, not blooming, but defiantly making a stand in the rotten fall muck. Imperial Crown, Grand Emperor Tulips, Angeliques, and Bright Spirit Daffodils, all about 2 to three inches high and looking as sturdy as can be. I do love bulbs!
My eyes scanned quickly around, checking to see if my standbys were blooming, and sure enough, there they were – little violets on my cobblestone path – Early Spring Flowers! I have three kinds now, the basic dark purple, some lighter pink, and a new one with purple speckles on white.
My neighbor was a bit surprised and said he was immediately going to go check his yard for any signs of life. We’ve swapped plants and cuttings through the years and have found our tastes are very similar. In a neighborhood with its fair share of Yard Snobs, it’s nice to know someone else appreciates my common but faithful violets!
Happy Spring everyone!