Apr 25, 2008

Finally - signs of spring

Sometimes I have to remind myself it's still only April. But we seem to be really wanting spring this year. Or maybe I'm just getting old. Naw, we really want spring. That's it. We had a very dreary winter. We want light and flowers now.

Bergen just had a nine-day run of sunny weather (and the accompanying brush fires). That coaxed a number of plants into budding including the cherry tree and birch tree right outside my living room windows.

The cherry tree is just starting to bud. The flowers will be pink and the buds have a rose sheen to them.

The birch tree has, just in the last 24 hours, busted out in delicate fresh points of green, known around here as "mouse ears" because of their shape.

The nice thing about winter is that you can see through the trees, and get views impossible in the summer. The nice thing about summer is all the lush foliage that can block other stuff from view. Every season has its charm.


Sparkling Red said...

I love the colour and feel of fresh, new leaves. I go around touching all the outdoor plants in springtime. I don't care if people think I'm weird.

chanpheng said...

The change of seasons is so exciting - probably more so in the Northern climates!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Spark, I generally don't touch, but I do lean in close and take a good look and sniff.

Chanpheng, in a climate where everything dies off for several months, it is both important and delightful to see life come back.