Wednesday is the first day of Spring. It was such a busy winter, and I am barely able to believe the warmer months will soon be upon us. Spring is most beautiful in the south, I believe more so than anywhere else, but it is also quite a short season in these parts. We may have barely 2 months of lovely tolerable temperatures with lower humidity and downright pleasant weather. I have never adjusted to how the weather goes so suddenly from that, straight to hot summer heat, rising humidity, pesky bugs, and rather challenging days for me. I don’t enjoy the heat, especially when combined with high humidity…..it zaps all my energy, always has. I grew up on the Finger Lakes, and when I was a child, it was cool in the mornings, and what anyone would call hot days basically waited to announce itself until late July and into part of August. Even then I never remember consciously wishing for A/C. The Lakes were right there for a swim or sail, and lake breezes seemed to make the warmer air more comfortable. Then just as suddenly, usually right at Labor Day, the smell and weight of the air changed, days were shorter and cooler, signaling that autumn had arrived. Here in Virginia, fall is my favorite time of year. Our autumns are long, and allow for lots more outdoor time. In the heat of summer you will find me in my gardens very early in the morning, weeding, watering if necessary, and pruning, picking flowers for indoor arrangements, and not enjoying the outdoors again until evening. As I walk through the gardens during the spring, summer, and early fall, I always take time to simply delight in the wonders of a garden…..how tiny little seeds become such amazing plants, flowers and towering trees. How birds sing. I never tire of it. Because of the way I designed my home, I am able to take in garden views from every room in the house; so from the comfort of the A/C, I go about my day, able to still enjoy taking it all in. A dear friend of mine (thanks BW) sent me this video, and it couldn’t be more perfect to remind one of the miracle that takes place in dirt, year after year. I hope it awakens your senses to the amazing life of flowers……..and life. cheers! charisse
“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
This video is short and reminds us of the beauty and mystery of flowers……..enjoy!