Sunday, May 2, 2010
Spring's Simple Pleasures
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
- Henry Van Dyke, Fisherman's Luck, 1899
Well said, Henry! Spring has been slow to arrive in our area this year. But this past weekend some flowers began to appear, and Oh! the lilacs smell so yummy! When we moved to Boise almost five years ago we purchased our home in the late summer. Nothing was in bloom, of course, so when spring rolled around the following year we were treated to a yard full of blooming plants of all kinds! The previous owners had left us presents in the form of roses (LOTS of them!), spring bulbs of all varieties, and a bed of berry bushes. My favorite gift they left for us is the row of lilac bushes....trees really, they stand well over 8 to 12 feet tall. They even planted one outside our bedroom window!
Before we moved in, the previous owners had to convert the house from a septic system to the sewer system. One of the lilac bushes had to be removed in the process. In its place we planted another lilac bush....it is slowly catching up with the rest.
The lilacs decided to bloom this past week even though we've had a cold, wet (and snowy) spring so far. The fragrance is almost overwhelming....but I "force" myself to stand near them and take it all in! :) Aaaaaaaah!
Here is a better photo of the baby lilac. It is about four or five (ish) feet now, so in another few years it should be the same size as all the rest!