203: Close-up look at springPosted: April 14, 2011
When the April wind wakes the call for the soil, I hold the plough as my only hold upon the earth, and, as I follow through the fresh and fragrant furrow, I am planted with every foot-step, growing, budding, blooming into a spirit of spring.
~ Dallas Lore Sharp, 1870-1929
It’s a fine spring day here in the Bogs. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and buds, blossoms, and flowers are popping up all over the place. The maple trees are bursting with these pink fuzzy things (flowers? seeds?), making them look as though they are flowering.
When you step outside the front door, the first thing that hits you is the scent of the hyacinths. It’s almost overwhelming. It is said the perfume of the hyacinth will help with grief and depression, and the flower symbolizes the power of gentleness.
My mileage for today is only 2 miles. It’s been a very busy day. I spent a couple of hours out in the garden, working in the asparagus bed. I am pleased to announce that we will be eating fresh asparagus soon. I saw the heads of the first few spears pushing their way up through the dirt.
I am hoping to finish up in the asparagus bed tomorrow so I can start planting seeds. I’ve decided to start with lettuces and swiss chard. We’ll see how that goes. In previous years I’ve been overly ambitious, and things didn’t work out as well as planned. This year I’m keeping it simple.
The lilacs are budding, and the forsythia are starting to bloom. Forsythia symbolize the beginning of spring and anticipation. Lilacs are also associated with spring and new beginnings, particularly new or young love.
Our forsythia bushes are still fairly small. They are in a windy area, and I think that’s keeping their growth stunted. The lilacs are having a similar problem.
The pussy willow, which is near the garden, is doing remarkably well this year. The catkins are in all different stages of development.
Some are still in the budding stage, some are soft and furry, while others are flowering. This is, in case you want to know, a male pussy willow. You can tell by the flowers. Males, apparently, are showier than females.
I spent a lot of time photographing the flowers and buds on the pussy willow. I may go back out at sunset tonight or sunrise tomorrow to see if I can approach it in a different way. This is the first time I’ve ever spent so much time exploring the pussy willow, and I’m finding it fascinating.
The pussy willow is associated with good will, motherhood, and in some cultures is thought to represent protection for the home and often given as a gift to new homeowners.
One more photo (my favorite of the bunch) and then I’ll move along to something else. I’m sure not everyone finds the catkins as interesting as I do.
I saw numerous turtles sunning themselves by the pond. I did manage to photograph one, but it’s not a very good photo.
He kind of looks like a helmet sitting in the grass. Turtles are not all that easy to capture with the camera. I know they have a reputation for slow movement, and they can be slow when making their way across the property when it’s time to migrate to another pond. But when they’re near the pond, they slide into the water pretty quickly whenever someone approaches them. With the snappers, I prefer not to get too close as I’ve read they can move fast when they feel they’re cornered. Never, ever, corner a snapping turtle. Not only will they snap and bite, but they have sharp claws that can cause some serious lacerations.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’ll be back with another edition of spring, Bogs style, tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂