Return of Spring
In Michigan the vernal equinox rarely looks like spring.
But this day—this day was a deep sigh of relaxation and pleasure.

It was so warm and sunny that I felt as if there could be only lovely times ahead.

Calendars and the astronomers tell us that spring will begin tomorrow: the earth tilted half-way between the farthest north direct sunlight comes to earth and the farthest south. In the northern hemisphere our latitudes will begin to become warmer and brighter for months to come.

Any indication of spring is meant to be savored.

The first crocuses, the goldfinches changing from brown to yellow, the disappearance of junkos, male birds—cardinals, woodpeckers, wrens—singing for and chasing females, squirrels with saggy fat breasts, the crows no longer gathering as a commune each afternoon in the trees on our street,

the first day going out without a jacket and trying to remember how to carry keys and money without the extra pockets, the dog-walkers, bicyclists, runners enjoying the weather, convertibles with tops down, cars with windows open blaring music, puddles of snow melt, even the trash revealed along the edges of roads, and the angle and color of light lifting spirits are all to be enjoyed

I’ll refer you to this truly amazing site about about crocuses, (and other flowers).

10 thoughts on “Return of Spring

  1. “Crows gathering as a commune” – what a lovely phrase. Perhaps the crows will come and commune with me in my cooling hemisphere. But I tell a lie, our mornings are not crisp enough yet for Autumn and it will 29 C tomorrow and 31C on Saturday. So for now I bask in our shared sunlight and I’ll enjoy a cyberspace spring along with my vicarious suppers.

    • The lovely phrase belies what happens when you park a car below. Things are always falling from trees. When I got home from work yesterday red flowers had fallen to the porch from the maple tree. They are small and easy to overlook unless one looks up. (perhaps that should be phrased differently?)

      With morning temperatures around 9C and the ground still damp, basking is a state of mind, though the sun is warm enough in the afternoon.

  2. I’m sure your cats will find all the best basking spots Tess and those bees in the crocuses!!!

    • The bees were sluggish: in summer they fly away fast unless you sit very patiently for you and the camera to become part of the background.

      Cats have a genius for delighting in sunlight. Also on our dusty dry unpaved street. Lucky beasts!

  3. Oh, so pretty, Tess. The weather has been very up and down in NJ as well.

    We had beautiful crocuses and tulips, but some critter or other ate the bulbs. There are still daffodils and I’m told that daffodil bulbs are poisonous, but I do not know if this is correct. I do wonder if there’s any point in replanting other types of bulbs. I love it when the crocuses come up through patches of snow.

    • Tulips are not up here yet. My garden is seriously neglected. The crocus, hyacinth, and daffodils can cope with the mess but the tulips are fewer each year. Except for tomatoes, shiso, and chard in the raised and fenced bed, I’ve lost interest in the garden.

      I don’t know if daffs are poisonous, but I just read that every part of the crocus plant is (either on the link at the end of this post—which is a really beautiful and detailed collection of someone in love with the work—or in one of his links). On the other hand, I have not seen dead squirrels in the yard. Only snacking on the bird feeders.

      My boss says tulips are deer candy, but I think her husband still has daffodils. He also feeds the squirrels and has all sorts of bottles and puzzles for them to get at the corn he puts out. LOL

      • Tess, your boss is interesting, to say the least. I cannot imagine feeding squirrels — ours do very well for themselves, including chewing on some wires in one car during a very cold spell. Perhaps their nest was destroyed, and they were looking for shelter.

        If every part of the crocus plant is poisonous, we may have had some dead creatures which we did not see. Odd, that.

        We still have daffodils but our other bulbs have been eaten. We live on a heavily wooded lot, so there’s lots of wildlife but I’m not a gardening expert. When we lived in a more urban area, I grew herbs in the yard, but that’s as far as I got with gardening.

        • It’s my boss’s husband who feeds the rats with fuzzy tails! Our squirrels chew our phone lines every other year or so…

          Re: cars and wires and squirrels: A neighbor once came to my door with a bb gun and asked to borrow our ‘live-trap.’ Didn’t want me to be scared if I saw him shooting the gun: he was after the squirrels that eat wires in (his) cars. hmmm. OK. Live-trap returned when his wife realized he was drowning squirrels in their bathtub. ahhhh ok.

          Maybe squirrels have a digestive system which eliminates poison from crocuses? (Fall crocus—saffron—I think are not the same?). Birds eat buckthorn berries, but the seeds remain viable after moving through their digestive process. Not quite the same, but I don’t know at all…

          • Tess, your neighbors are much more interesting than mine and I’m very thankful for mine, now. LOL

            Ah, your bosses’ husband — I tend to read too quickly…my apologies.

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