5.12.14 Sing a song of Spring

5.12.14 Sing a song of Spring

“Sing a song of Spring!” cried the sunshine of the May,
And into bloom the whole world burst in one delicious day!
— Celia Thaxter

From our house, we can see the Isles of Shoals, where the poet Celia Thaxter kept her island garden. She must have known a spring like this, one that seemingly happens all at once. With a week of sunny weather, everything is indeed bursting forth. Even the most obstinate of plants are finally poking through, and we prowl through the garden taking stock. Things we’d thought we’d lost to winter, like the rhubarb and asparagus, are only now appearing, and we welcome them back like old friends. But it’s the flowering fruit that signal spring’s true arrival — first the fiercely brilliant quince (above), next the showy cherry, and then the graceful apple, all in breathless succession. If ever there’s a moment in the season we wished could be stretched longer, it’s now.

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11 Responses to 5.12.14 Sing a song of Spring

  1. Jean Eno says:

    Agreed (albeit with slightly lower temps for this cat). Love your posts!

  2. janebalshaw says:

    Thank you for the visual picture…so wonderfully poetic.

  3. We deserved this beautiful spring after that wicked winter. :-) Lovely photo.

  4. Michelle says:

    It sounds like a wonderful experience, Spring doesn’t arrive quite so dramatically in these parts. Love the quince!

  5. Quince! I walk by a neighbor’s flowering shrub every day and wonder what it is. Now I know. I love the color. I might plant some in my yard if I didn’t kill everything planted.

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