Spring’s Harbingers

Monday, March 21, 2011

As winter slips away from center stage, I visit my local botanical garden in search of early signs of spring. The chilly March winds roar through the treetops above while on the ground I discover a subtle change is spreading.

Yellow seems to be the color of choice for many spring harbingers – tiny aconite, witch hazel, winter jasmine, and the beloved daffodil. As I walk the paths, I can see spots of yellow peeking out amidst all the tired brown.

The lovely lavenders and purples of Lenten roses are emerging. Turtles are popping their heads above the surface of the pond; and farther up in the woods, I hear a raucous chorus of frogs in the small woodland pond who are not reticent about their excitement. Spring is coming!

I love Wordsworth's quote, “and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils,” and painted his words on my springtime daffodil card. Farewell winter!

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