Happy (End of the) First Day of Spring!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, for April, 2014 predicts the
average Central states’ temperature will be 59 degrees!
That is news to celebrate! That is a little higher than the
seasonable average of years past… except two years ago,
in 2012, we had on our first day of Spring’s weather an
incredibly high temperature, in the eighties! This year’s
almanac also predicts the first week will be warm and the
month will be the “typical” April, filled with showers.
As far as flowers are concerned, my friend’s garden has
between 3 and 4 inches of crocuses, hyacinths, tulips
and daffodils showing green ‘sprouts.’ I love seeing the
popping out of flowers! The old adage that, “Winter isn’t
over until the yellow forsythia is in bloom,” means that
we still have a little more winter left. Unfortunately,
I have checked the woodsy area of her yard, where her
forsythia bush is, to verify this fact. I have seen a few
pussy willows showing their furry buds.
In the foothills South of us, leading to the stunning Smoky
Mountains, I wonder has anyone heard if the redbuds are in
bloom yet? I enjoy their fuchsia, purple color that is so
common in the woods and forests of Kentucky and Tennessee.
The contrast of their bright color, among the fresh, bright
green buds on other bushes and trees is quite breathtaking.
Another amazing place to trek to in Ohio, is Cedar Bog
State Nature Preserve. It has unusual plants that are
very exciting since they come from when the ancient
glacier deposited its seeds and remnants of rich soil.
I have seen in their woods: Violets, Spring Beauties,
Jack in the Pulpit and Trillium, which is also known as
Indian Turnip, since they are considered edible. There
is a wide variety of different hued flowers including
the pinkish-lavender of Dame’s Rocket, the yellow Swamp
Buttercup, and the purple Greek Valerian. The hummingbirds
enjoy the nectar in the Red tipped Wild Columbine flowers.
(Compared to the purple and blue Columbine of Colorado.)
This nature preserves has a bog, swampy area and the
prairie areas with their unique plant life. The prairie
area is also known as the “prairie fen complex.” In this
area you can find different trees like the White Cedar
Trees, tall Arbor-Vitae and the Swamp Birch Trees.
The rainbow-colored flowers with the greenery deck out
Mother Nature quite nicely in all her glory!
Cedar Bog is recognized for one of their most unusual
flowers, growing in large quantities, considered the
biggest collection around. This is that of the Showy Lady
Slipper orchids. They are not in bloom until late May or
Nature photographers gather there and lean in close to
take those perfect shots that capture the floral beauty
all year ’round.
When I think of the word, “Spring,” I think of the word
buoyancy. Everything if so full of life and new energy.
I think of pastels, like the pink and lavender hyacinths
combined with the yellow and white daffodils with their
orange-red details in their stamens. My Mom’s favorite
tulips are the ones that have ruffled edges, hers with
bright pink tips with white petals. Then, she would plant
beside them, those dark, deep purple tulips. The contrast
was always outstanding.
I liked the scents of lavender, lilacs, lilies of the field
and honeysuckle in the warm sunshine. The bees buzzing did
not phase me in my youth. I would not worry about their
sting, when I leaned in to take deep breaths of flowers.
My grandchildren adore the A.A. Milne character, Tigger.
His ‘springy’ bounce on his coiled tail illustrates the
way I feel about ‘Spring!’ They like to bounce on the bed,
where they wear the ‘springs out!’ I think of a cat, up
high looking down at its prey, a mouse, from a fencepost
or rook. He is poised and ready to spring to catch his
Wishing you Spring in your step and Light in your Heart!