I was a little disappointed to see it so misty and gray when I awoke this morning. In my mind, the first day of spring should be warm and sunny.
It's chilly out now and clouds hang heavy as far as the eye can see. Rain is predicted and then, more cold. Despite the change of seasons, it seems winter hasn't gotten the memo. But I couldn't let its official end go unmarked, so I set out with my camera this afternoon to photograph what early trinkets Lady Spring may have dropped as she saunters slowly across the land.
Under Elmira, our elm tree, a purple hyacinth is in full bloom. It's a beautiful flower, although I don't care for the heady smell of it; it's reminiscent of old lady's perfume. Elmira's branches are still devoid of leaf. Here is how she would look to you if you were to lay under her and look up. However, I don't recommend doing this if you have overly-attentive corgis, since they'll think your lying there means you've died and can only be revived with many enthusiastic licks to the face.
Our flower beds are still dormant. No signs yet of the coneflowers or the clemetis or the bleeding hearts. The Japanese ferns, the painted ferns and the vinca all made it through the winter. The creeping ivy, once it wakes, will again resume its methodical march up the front of our house. There are the tiniest infant buds all over my Lady Banks Rose, which is huge and could use good pruning. In a few weeks it will be covered in flowers. I did find this tiny little pansy had come to life. Isn't it pretty? I love pansies. They're happy flowers.
We have grand plans for the yard this spring - a bricked patio out front, a koi pond, a large bed full of palms, bananas and other tropical plants, and a wildlfower garden.
The corgis have nothing to do with spring, as they remain steadfast, constant and amusing all through the year. But today, foxy little Tula looked such the delicate lady and Sam - while shedding - looked such the dandy I couldn't resist including them in the things that cheered me up on this, the first gloomy day of spring.
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