Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.
-Excerpt from the poem, Spring, by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Only a couple weeks ago, we were buried hip deep in snow, and temperatures struggled to reach double digits. But this week, we had highs each day in the 50s, the snow melted off, and I began to think of spring. Soon my crocuses will pop out their green heads, our swollen cows will have their calves, and I’ll start vegetable plants from seed on the windowsill. This is a special time of year here on the prairie.
What do you look forward to this spring?
——-> UP NEXT: It’s time to sell last year’s calves. Come along and join in the sights and sounds of a cattle auction. It’s edge of your seat non-stop action, and the crowds can’t hardly contain themselves.
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Snowdrops are the first. They begin to bloom under the snow, and when it melts, there they are. Next comes Winter Aconite, a low lying yellow beauty. Later in the spring it sends up its
seeds in the form of a dried flower. Then Crocus, Wild Hyacinths, etc. Can’t wait.
HYACINTHS “Food for the Soul”
“If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves are left,
Sell one and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” Author unknown
Thanks so much for sharing that poem. I’ve heard the last line of it, but never the rest. Wonderful!
Once again, I love the poetry you posted. I am going to be posting John Updike’s February poem. Spring is definitely a special time. All of our snow is melted. We had 60 degrees on Thurs. and Fri. Today is back down to 40’s. My favorite part of Spring is that first day that you go outside and didn’t realize it was going to be so warm that day and the breeze is actually warm on your face. It just puts a smile on my face. Also, actually, I think my very favorite part of Spring is when it rains for a week straight and then one day, as you are driving down the road, you notice the green haze of tiny buds all over every tree and bush…that is the best! At first your like, what is that? Then it’s like…”oooooh look! It’s so beautiful..everything is growing!”
I know that feeling you describe about the first day I feel a warm breeze on my face. I find myself just stopping and soaking it in. And the first green of the grass always sneaks up on me. One day it’s just brown brown brown, and the next you know it, there’s green!!
I love seeing the color green again…and seeing the freshly plowed fields…hearing the birds…and seeing our neighbors outside again after being in hibernation all winter long!
I love hearing the birds too. It’s so quiet here in winter, and with spring, all the birds start singing again, and it’s such a welcome sound.
Looking forward to getting outside and digging in the dirt.
Me too. I’m even looking forward to weeding.
We are seeing fully bloomed daffodils; the rain lilies peek their white droopy heads from the wettest corners of the yard. The new blossoms on the decorative pear trees bring smiles to Everyone’s Faces.
Sounds like spring is in full swing there. Can’t wait until my daffodils bloom.
Just 2 weeks, yes 14 days ago we were buried in 2 inches of ice. Then Wed. I went looking and found our snowdrops blooming next to a leftover patch of ice. AAAhhh Spring!
Don’t have any snowdrops, but after hearing so many comments her about them, I may just have to get some for my garden.
We got into the 80’s this past week. It is such a tease, I was wearing my capri’s and cleaning out the flower beds.
It was 70 here yesterday, and then 18 this morning. Supposed to be 60 on Wed, and then snow later in the week. Very typical for here this time of year.
We will start kidding in about a month. I’m so excited for the babies to arrive. Of course, the garden is starting to occupy more and more of my thoughts as well.
Looking forward to seeing the kids on your blog!
I am looking forward to the tulips blooming easst of town and photographing them again. I have daffodils blooming now. One clump of tulips coming soon. I’m glad you are finally thawing out in Kansas.
I was thinking about tulips the other day and how I can’t wait to photograph them.