Tipping point – the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place ~Merriam-Webster
For the past few weeks, spring bulbs have been blooming at my feet, adding shots of welcome color to a skeletal world of bare branches and empty earth. Each day brought something new into flower.
The past few days, after warm and rainy weather, the world looks if an artist had spilled an entire palette of colors into the landscape. The skeletons of bark and branch are suddenly clothed in spring finery and the once bare earth is filled with plants rising up to meet the new canopy overhead.
The kousa dogwood reveals its delicate young leaves against the woods around it.
Vibrant new oak leaves are festooned with tassels of Victorian flowers whose pollen sifts to the ground, layering everything with a fine gold dust.
The shrubs are fully flushed out with lush green foliage and some, like this Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ are beginning to flower.
A lady bug emerges into the cool morning air from the rough leaf of a Chinese viburnum, where she sheltered during the night.
Each morning when I step outside, my eyes are dazzled by the richness of the garden,
the light sifting through leaf
Scenes that were flat and dull are now filled with shadow and light,
shape and color.
I am too restless to stay indoors; I trace my path through the garden again and again to greet each new face, marvel at each new sign of life.
As the light fades in the evening, I stand on the deck for one last drink of color.
Early spring has tipped deliriously into May and each new day promises more change, more surprise, more beauty. Wherever you find yourself, may your days be spent in the beauty of nature awakening.
Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. ~Virgil