Spring Makes Things Awesome
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Sunshine highlighting the petals of yellow daffodils and pinkish-white cherry blossom petals flying before strong breezes are sure signs that Spring has arrived in the Midwest. Small purple and yellow crocuses have been pushing up around paving stones for a week or more. They just lacked the showgirl glitter of the daffodils and cherry blossoms.
Fluffy white snow of winter is a treat. However, the first month of early spring flowers signal for the beauty and excitement of warmer weather.
Exploring wooded areas in the warmer air is an adventure in discovery. The dull brown cloth jacket of winter is left draped over the back of the kitchen chair. Only a sweater is needed for exploration. Delicate white clusters of service berry trees and hazy pinkish maroon flowerlets of redbud trees around the side of the woodland lure one on. In a favorite half-shady area I look for morrel mushrooms. Alas, the brain design on the heads have not broken through the grass.
On a little apple-green mound just ahead the sun is bringing to life a multitude of wild purple woodland violets. Once I tasted rosy-colored jelly made from these violets. In my opinion it was not worth destroying the natural beauty of multitudes of violets reaching for the sun.
Deeper into the wooded area I can see wild gooseberries. Their arching branches are full of delicate off-white chandelier drop blossoms.
My heart skips a little as I look up into the top of a huge pine tree and see a beautiful enormous blossom with trailing petals. Silly me. It is just a white plastic bag that the wind has shredded. Still a bag stuck in a tree is part of the Spring adventure.
The more elusive wild flowers like Jack-in-the pulpit I have not seen in my special woods. I guess they have never self-planted here. Luckily, I have seen May apples.
There are so many more discoveries I could be finding. Unfortunately , the sun does not penetrate into the deeper woods and it is getting cold. Time to limit my Spring walk on the wild side and return to the beauty of the domestic daffodils and peach trees.