Diversion: Beginnings

April 7, 2010

Flowering Dogwood

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than men (Chinese proverb)

I often overlook these Spring beginnings, going about my business until trees bask in full foliage, flowers in full bloom. And then, oh there you are, Spring! So nice to see you. Spring seems to happen as I carry on in this little world of mine, preoccupied with longer days of sunlight, fewer layers of clothing, more talk of farmer’s markets. This new life, it seems, arrives in full force in a matter of days, minutes, seconds even. And then I take notice. How lovely and full the hydrangea bush this year. Would you smell that lilac! These hostas are out of control! But Spring happens way before that, right under my nose, and I often miss it. The tulip buds before the bloom, the lilac bush before the perfumed flowers, the curled hosta shoots before the bush, the folded hydrangea leaves before the blossoms. I miss the pre-show, the period of pre-leaf and pre-flower (these are all very technical botanical terms, I’m sure). I miss the green life that tip toes in while I’m still distracted by mostly bare branches and flowerbeds. I resolved to remedy that this year. Well, I resolved to remedy that this year as I was pulling into our drive this evening. Out of the corner of my eye I caught the Dogwood tree. Still looks bare, I thought. Can’t wait for that to flower. But after a second glance I spotted what you see here, tiny new life. And on closer inspection, it was seeming to happen all around me.

5 Comments
  1. Ken

    April 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm


    Beautiful pictures Carolyn… love them!

  2. Carol Q

    April 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm


    Your photos are beautiful!
    What are the two plants just above the hosta? The purple and the rosy pink buds are beautiful.

  3. M.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:32 am


    With everything coming back to life, Spring is my favorite time of the year…..
    your photos are so beautiful, capturing exact essence of it! :)

  4. Carolyn

    April 8, 2010 at 5:42 am


    Thank you for your nice comments!

    Carol: The purple is lilac. The pink? Wish I knew. They turn into lovely little white/pink flowers and then into red berries on a tree in our front yard. Any guesses? I’ll need to find out.

  5. Tracy

    April 8, 2010 at 7:42 am


    We have parsley growing near a lilac bush in our garden. Last night after i gathered a bit of parsley for dinner I trimmed some lilac for the kitchen table. At that moment it felt like spring.

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