April 7, 2010

April Flowers

Posted in Garden, Weather tagged , , , at 6:55 am by Liliana

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

The weather in our part of Michigan has been unusually warm. It rains at night, but days are sunny, breezy and humid. Perfect weather for flowers, plants and trees. Everything is in bloom. The fragrances in the air are those of a tropical garden.

Every chance I get, I walk, but it never seems enough. I am like Kaya, my sister’s dog, who wants to be outside all the time. The colors, the smells, the sounds that surround me are dizzying. I am so happy  I want to open my arms and fly.

Various seasonal flowers are converging in their glory. Crocuses and snowdrops are in full bloom, while daffodils, intense yellow, pale cream, orange-striped, cover large patches of the gardens in my neighborhood. I find a small batch of primroses in the corner of my yard – dainty petals of intense purple. Columbines, azaleas, irises, shamrocks. Pink, indigo and purple hyacinths hang like melting sherbet drops on fragile stems. Violets and cornflowers cover entire front lawns. Delicate peach-colored magnolias open in quiet splendor. Forsythia bushes are making the whole world sunny. And the tulips – well, they are just starting their journey.

All this beauty, and it’s only the beginning of April. Thank you, dear world.

March 13, 2010

Snowdrops

Posted in Garden, Weather tagged , , at 7:10 am by Liliana

Snowdrops In Snow

Snowdrops In Snow

Yesterday seemed like a very long day. Even though I had a  lot to do at work and was very busy, time seemed to pass in slow motion. Maybe this was so because it was an overcast, stormy spring day; maybe because I had a migraine; maybe because it was warm outside and I could smell spring in the air. I don’t know. But every time I checked the clock, only a few minutes had gone by.

I made a cup of tea to wake myself up and stopped to talk to my two colleagues, Raina and Alana. Alana had checked the forecast and mentioned that we will have mild but rainy weather. I was hoping that all the snow would melt soon, and that spring flowers would start making their appearance. I asked  my friends if they had seen any snowdrops yet. They had not. My garden was still under snow, but I was eager for it to melt so that I could check the southern corner, near the pear tree. That’s where, every year, snowdrops first appear, and that’s what signifies to me  the official coming of spring.

Well, finally it was time to go home. My head was throbbing and I felt tired and sleepy as I drove home in the drizzly spring rain. When I drove up to my house, I noticed that the rain and the mild temperature had melted parts of the southern corner of my garden. I decided to go and check it out. My shoes were sinking in the mud and slipping in leftover mounds of snow as I made my way. And there, peaking out from the snow, were two little nodding snowdrops. I touched their soft white petals for a second and then skipped in delight all the way inside.