“The Earth Laughs in Flowers.”

It is just after 11, and the temperature is already 64Β°. Gracie is in the yard, and I’ve been outside standing on the deck taking in the morning and watching her enjoy the sun. She has a grassy spot where she lies asleep on her side spread out to the warmth. Fern is lying in the sun from the front door. I can almost hear Curly singing Oh What a Beautiful Morning.

My yard is filled with flowers from the bulbs I planted last fall. Usually the spawns of Satan dig them up but not last year. Every morning I can’t help but stand a while just to look at them. I long for color after the bareness of winter so the bright yellows and deep purples draw me to the garden. Even the white crocus are filled with a richness of color. Some flowers have yet to bloom, and I wait patiently wondering what other surprises the garden will give.

When I was a little kid, spring meant putting away the heavy coat, the mittens, the hat and the boots. I don’t think I ever noticed flowers growing. I noticed the mud and I heard the birds every morning on my way to school. Spring also meant taking my bike out of the cellar and finally getting to ride it again. Spring meant staying outside longer on a school day afternoon. The streetlights came on later and later.

I always felt a sense of freedom in the spring. Gone was the bulkiness of winter. The radiators stopped their hissing. The windows were free of frost and were opened for the first time in months. The house was filled with the sweet smell of the spring air. We went back to roaming on a Saturday.

Back then I loved summer, but I think spring was my favorite season. I know for certain it is now. Officially, spring is two days away, but today is a spring day.

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13 Comments on ““The Earth Laughs in Flowers.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Autumn used to be my favorite season because it was colorful and cool after the long hot summer.
    Spring is when I breathe a big sigh of relief and thank my lucky stars that I have made it through another winter. I look around at the trees just starting to leaf out and the faint colors in the branches seem like an echo of autumn and a reminder that it all comes around again.
    It’s entirely too summer-like for March. I had windows open yesterday and I don’t think I have done that so early since I was a teenager. A very long time ago.
    Enjoy your flowers and the rest of your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think of spring as newness, the rebirth of all flowers, nests being built for the baby birds to arrive, a clean smell in the air amd the return of color to the world. I think autumn is my second favorite, but its colors aren’t as bright or varied as in spring.

      I have my upstairs windows opened too. It is too warm for Marcg, no question.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The day started with a short but intense snow storm. The wind gusts were so hard it sounded like something hit my little cottage. I think it lasted for around ten minutes and then the sun shone for the rest of the day. The winds were still strong and it stayed rather cold all day.

    Spring has always been my favorite season and coming from a family filled with gardeners I noticed the flowers already as very young. I had my own flower bed already at the age of four πŸ™‚ I then was successful with flowers I never managed to keep alive after that πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I do like summer but it brings all those nasty blood sucking insects I so hate. It’s only in the cities they never have especially many, except for mosquitoes then, they exists everywhere πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Everytime I read your commenst and visit your blog I am reminded of the Ray Bradbury story All Summer in a Day where they have one day a year when the sun shines.

      I love being outside all summer where I eat, read and just lie around. Like you, I hate the mosquitoes, and this year they say we will be eaten alive by bugs as it wasn’t cold enough this winter to kill them off. I’ll have to keep a really close eye on Gracie for ticks.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    You just can’t wait for Spring to be official. Then you can blame all the snow that falls on Global Warming. I thought I saw on TV that a sweep was heading your way. Maybe tonight. Boo! I’m ruining the guy’s song singing in your front yard.

  4. Bob Says:

    The big storms have been sitting to the west of the area all afternoon. Springtime in North Texas brings lots of violent thunderstorms with lots of rain accompanied by loud reports of thunder and a big lighting show. Hopefully the line to our wast will not span any hail or big tornadoes. The Dallas Ft. Worh area is just outside the south end of tornado alley.

    My yard is filled with native plants (weeds) that the lawn company keeps mowed down. The vernal equinox does not have to occur for the weather to spring it’s violence on us.

    • katry Says:

      We never usually have a real spring this time of it. The weather doesn’t pay any attention to the caneldar. This week, though, has been an exception. I have no rememory of weather ever being this consistently warm this time of year. I won’t complain. I’m loving it!

      • Bob Says:

        We will all be complaining in July and August when the temperatures will hot and the skies cloudless and dry.

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  6. lilydark Says:

    We had summer up until two weeks ago. Now we have winter with rain. The weather is making everyone crazy.

    Waving with mittens,

    • katry Says:

      I take your idea of winter with a grain of salt! Single digit temps are often during the usual winter here!.

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