Thursday, May 01, 2014

Virginal Blushing

Spring is always a virginal transition. She comes in delicate, blushing, eager but ambivalent, all at the same time. We try to rush her and prepare our space so that she can feel more than welcome before we jump for joy and clap loudly in her face.  But then we are embarrassed by our boorish behavior as her father, the rain, thunders and flashes his sword, and blows hot and cold, reminding us of her tender beauty and her magical ability to change the season and her delicate ephemeral presence.  He angrily reminds us to treat her with the majesty she deserves.


Above are the shy and delicate blooms poking out everywhere of that redbud tree that several years ago volunteered to grow right next to the compost pile and now stands above my head.




Fruit trees wearing their lovely jewelry that only lasts long enough for pollinators to get their first meals of the season and then shed each petal like confetti at the end of the party.



And medicinal plants such as lung-wort (Pulmonaria) bring forth their tiny bluebells and pinkbells and ring them out in celebration under the shade of the dogwood tree.


And not to be forgotten in her soft mauve cape, the lenten rose bows low to the Princess of Spring and welcomes her with the dignity she deserves.

(Sun is breaking out today after three days of rain, thunder, one tornado threat and 7 inches of rain...May first has some promise after all.)

13 comments:

joeh said...

April showers bring May flowers, but I think there is quite enough for now.

Beautiful flowers...Spring!! Love it.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a lovely poetic post - and beautiful, delicate photographs to go with it.

messymimi said...

even the flowers must be happy for the sun after such a drenching. Beautiful pictures.

Brian Miller said...

i love the delicate beauty of spring...that first pic with the faint hint of buds...its lovely...

Red said...

You've been busy taking good photos of spring flowers. I like your description of spring in the first paragraph.

Aisling said...

Your photos are outstanding! Drinking in the color!

Linda Reeder said...

Lovely words for a lovely season. Our spring is no longer virginal, but has burst forth in all her splendor.
So glad the sun shined on you on this May Day.

Kay said...

Oh gracious! What a beautiful post, words and photos! Your poetry is truly beautiful.

Bob Bushell said...

Tabor, those buds are beautiful, so nice.

ellen abbott said...

I love the red buds. beautiful post.

Kat said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait until the flowers start blooming here.
Thank you for sharing them with us!

Chris said...

This lovely post belies your other blog's post. You have taken some time to enjoy spring. Thanks for sharing, I love your descriptions, so romantic.

barbara cecelia said...

Beautiful written and lovely spring pics -- barbara