March Showers, April Flowers

April showers bring May flowers.

For most of North America, spring is very early this year and the year is unfolding in rhythmic consonance but the downbeat is ten minutes before concert time. In spite of April’s alternating waves of warm days and frosty nights, the garden continues to bloom anew each day, bringing cascades of color from both blossom and leaf. Every morning, a walk through the garden is an adventure – “who bloomed today?” Music is percolating in my studio, soon to be revealed – in the meantime, I share this photo record of a beautiful world opening petal by petal, leaf by leaf outside of my door and window.

Spring has returned.Ā  The Earth is like a child that knows poems.Ā  Rainer Maria Rilke

37 thoughts on “March Showers, April Flowers

  1. You don’t just garden, you *garden* – this is art. Hardly surprising since you seem to live art.
    I like the gallery format – the greedy in me finds more satisfaction in the larger format than comes with the slideshow in other recent posts – it’s because I want to look closely at all the terrific details of your garden. There is some much to like, but for some reason that fern especially speaks to me of spring.

    • What a generous comment! I agree with you about the gallery format; one of WP’s best features, I think. But sometimes if I have music going on too, I like to keep the post cleaner with a slide show. Thanks for commenting; I will consider doing a gallery again in the next garden post.

  2. Everything looks spectacular, Lynn.

    How far ahead of normal would you say things are running there? By April 2, the daffodils in northeast Illinois were on their last legs. That’s about 2 1/2 or three weeks before they normally peak. I’d say that the native bluebells are running at least three weeks head or normal as well. Dogwood in south-central Indiana was at peak before the end of March.

    • Thanks, Kerry. I keep dates on the first flower open on everything in my garden. We are running about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks ahead of normal, which is a boost for the eyes and the spirit but a little chancy for exposure to killing frosts. If this continues through the season, my hope is that we will get good rebloom on roses and daylilies later in the summer šŸ™‚

  3. The photos are all so beautiful, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I was excited to see your bluebells are blooming. That means they should be blooming around here soon, if not already. šŸ™‚

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