” People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”

The day is again beautiful with that deep blue sky and plenty of sun. The air outside has a morning chill which I think will get warmer as the day gets older. Gracie has been outside all morning and barking every now and then. I went out with her while the coffee was brewing and saw nothing to prompt the barking, but I’m keeping an eye out for a coyote. My friend saw one twice yesterday morning, and the second sighting was right by my house. None have been around lately as the rabbits are fat and greedy. Two were eating in my garden yesterday. When we have coyotes, we have no rabbits or skunks.

Next week I’m going to buy the flowers for my deck planters and the herbs for the window boxes and the herb garden. A few herbs are up already: thyme, oregano and chives. I need lots of rosemary, one of my favorite of all scents. I try to find summer recipes which call for the fresh rosemary, and I love rubbing my hand up the stems and then smelling the rosemary on my hand. Even the dead rosemary from last summer still in the window boxes had that great smell.

While I was driving the other day, all I could think of was how beautiful everything is. I saw the contrasting greens of the trees, the leaves finally out and unfolded, flowering bushes in so many different colors and a bright sun glinting through all the branches. The lilacs are out. I saw white and the usual purple. Mine too have flowered, but they are a deep, deep purple, a color I don’t usually see. My violets and lilies of the valley have flowers. Both plants came from my mother’s yard, from her back yard. Like her lilies, mine have taken over. The side bed is filled with them. I put a few in the backyard and they came up this year and have spread a bit. They can have the whole yard. Gracie won’t mind.

Having memories of my mother in the garden every spring gives me joy.

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12 Comments on “” People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Spring blossoms also bring misery to allergy sufferers everywhere. But without them we would not have the wonderful summer fruit that I love. So I may sneeze in May but delight in July as the fresh peach, nectarine or plum juices run down my chin. Cherries are my all time favorite.

    The nations bee keepers are having a very difficult time this year keeping their hives alive. It seems that a mysterious plague has been killing off their bees. Without bees we would not have any of the fruits and nuts in the summer because bees pollinate the flowers. Commercial bee keepers travel the country pollinating orchards and fields from coast to coast. The honey is the by product.

    Even in our super connected advanced world we still need mother nature’s wonders to keep us alive. The wolves and coyotes keep the rabbit and skunk population under control so our vegetables can grow and the bees are required to pollinate the fruit and nut orchards.

    Just like the over use of antibiotics has produced resistant strains of bacteria, the over use of chemicals and pesticides may be taking their toll on the honey bees. Let’s all go out and buy a gun and shoot every coyote or skunk and then try to figure out how to feed ourselves. Do you remember the movie “Soylent Green”?

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The pollen we are starting to dread has begun to arrive: pine pollen. All the cars are covered in the green mess, and you can’t leave windows open or every surface turns green. It and all the other pollen used to kill me, but I went through the shots and now I don’t suffer the allergies which did me in every spring.

      I read about the bees and the hives dying and the worries about pollination. They are trying to reproduce bees tolerant to what us killing them.

      I wouldn’t mind if that’s all the coyotes ate, but they have a taste for small dogs and cats.

      I do remember that movie. Luckily you can’t shoot coyotes or skunks either here so they both roam the cape freely.

      • Bob Says:

        I was being facetious about the guns and the coyotes. Yet another reason to keep your pets indoors at night. After all a coyote has to eat too πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        You are so right, Bob. My dog is too big, but my cats never go out or they’d be food for that coyote. I have heard the screeches of animals caught by one.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Cloudy, warm and damp here most of the day but finally the rian has arrived with some cooler air. I normally never see positive on rain but I wished for cooler weather so I’ll except it for once πŸ™‚

    The bees dies from a pesticides they thought were harmless for bees, they weren’t so they have now forbidden them here in Europe. We also have a big problem with a mite that kills the bees during winter not a good combination with the pesticides.

    I want to buy rosemary this year, it’s my favorite herb and I use it in lots of things πŸ™‚ Hard to keep alive during winter though but I’ll try.

    Not much activity here today, replanting of tomato plants and some sowing of summer flowers in the flower beds, the rain will help them a lot to germinate. Lilacs shows buds now and cherry trees are flowering. I saw the first violets by the creek yesterday and here in my garden today, this is my favorite part of the yer πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I want some of that rain. Parts of my lawn are really dry. My sister said rain tonight, but it wasn’t in the forecast in the paper.

      You’re right-I had a tree of rosemary but it didn’t last. I bought it over Christmas time and loved it.

      My favorite time to year too. I was looking around as I drove and thought how wonderful the world is.

      Enjoy you evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Every time I see a coyote or the hawks in my neighborhood I think, “Yes! Eat more squirrels!” πŸ™‚
    Spring is now my favorite time of the year. It always amazes me how many colors of green there are when the new leaves start to unfurl. It’s almost like a pastel version of autumn with pinky greens and yellow greens and red greens and brown greens. The new leaves are like flowers.
    I’m waiting for Peapod to deliver. Should be pretty soon. After that I might take Rocky for a ride and get myself and ice cream. It’s a good day for that.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I wish coyotes could read because I’d tell them where all the spawns are.

      I’m the same way with being amazed at all the colors of green.

      Gracie and I are headed to the dump then I need to pick up a few things for the appetizers I’m making tonight. I just sent Gracie out to pee before we leave.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Pentecost – 2 holidays πŸ™‚ Sun today, rain tomorrow.
    Speaking of herbs, I just used lots of thyme, rosemary and oregano for dinner, baked herbs potatoes with asparagus and a smoked mackerel. It was delicious!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      It’s raining right now. I just got home from my friends’ house.

      That dinners sounds delicious!!

  5. Minicapt Says:

    … fresh parsley …

    Cheers


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