All photos: Author’s collection.
All photos: Author’s collection.
Trillium grows in moist areas in woodlands. Around here it occurs in patches–where you see one, you see another close by. Sometimes the flowers are red; sometimes they are white. They brighten the otherwise green or brown surroundings.
I think of daffodils as “sunshine on a stem”. I brought some into the house to liven up a corner.
All photos by author.
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The past few days here saw the lingering winter and the oncoming spring fighting for dominance. Old Man Winter is determined not to leave, but Spring is just as determined to come. The weather the other day reminded me of boxers duking it out, as first the sun shone, then a brisk wind brought gray clouds over which dropped sleet on the grass. The wind blew, blue skies arrived, the sun shone and melted the sleet. Then the clouds came over again, and dropped some more snow/sleet. This cycle continued for most of the day.
But, spring is coming. The purple crocuses are almost finished blooming, with the white and the purple-and-white striped crocuses waiting for their turn, followed by the yellow ones in a few days. The daffodils are priming for their show, and the hyacinths are a couple inches out of the ground, getting ready to show off their colors and perfume the air with their fragrance.
In the meantime, here’s some photos from the past couple years to enjoy, while those of us in the Northern Hemisphere wait for this year’s spring to finally arrive.
The other day I was in the back yard, looking at a gentle slope of ground. Warm afternoon sunshine encouraged daffodils and daylilies to poke through the soil. I could see little shoots of green emerging beside tree roots, leaves, and bits of tree branches that had fallen over the winter.
I looked to the ground above the slope, and wondered, “How much growth is happening that I don’t see? Surely other plants are pushing through the earth in other spots; I just can’t see them from my level.”
Then God whispered, “That’s like the growth inside you. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Don’t despise the growth you can’t see.”
God knows I needed that reminder. Other people seem to have it all together, whether emotionally, mentally or spiritually. I seem to lag behind, and I get impatient. But growth can’t be forced, whether in a plant or a person. The same as a farmer dare not dig up seeds to see if they are growing, I don’t want to continually fuss and fret about my inward growth. Both processes take time and faith.
“Who dares despise the day of small things…” Zechariah 4:10 (NIV)
Here’s a couple photos to help envision warmer, milder weather, even if it’s not where you’re at right now. Enjoy, and look forward to what’s coming!
These orange daylilies grow wild. Once started in an area, they can take it over, but come June or July they add a bright touch of color to wherever they grow. They grow in areas with poor soil, which for me is a bonus, as much of the ground around the house tends to be clay, shale, and rock.
The purple crown vetch also grows wild, but in some areas road crews deliberately seed it, as the crown vetch controls erosion and adds color and beauty while doing so.
The winter here has been relatively mild, so far. I think the warm temps the past couple days gave me a case of spring fever. I’m not the only one though; I noticed buds on the lilac bush and dogwood tree!
I know a lot of people are experiencing a much harsher winter than I am. Enjoy these pictures of spring flowers, taken last year.
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