No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb
Here in Central Illinois, we’ve come to accept that “spring” really doesn’t arrive until May 15.
Just this past Saturday, we had a mix of rain, sleet, and snow (thankfully, it didn’t stick!).
But slowly, I’m seeing signs everywhere that Spring is headed our way, and that fills me with delight. Our daylight hours are longer, the grass is becoming greener, birds are mating and telling the world about it, and spirits seem lighter.
Come with me as I show you some signs of early spring here:
These will be yellow daffodils. I know because I’ve photographed them many times in previous years. And every year I tell myself they need to be replanted in a sunnier location.
This is the Redbud tree I had planted just last year. Those tiny buds will become lavender-shaded flowers, which will give way to heart-shaped green leaves.
The above is a type of yellow lily that returns every spring. I just learned these should be deadheaded at the base after flowers bloom, rather than letting the stalks make seed pods. That way, you’ll get more blooms right up to a hard frost. Who knew? I’ve been wondering why they never seemed to bloom enough!
This is the cherry tree that looks so gorgeous with its pink and white blossoms in spring, yet turns into Cousin Itt after the blooms give way to leaves. I’ve been thinking of having it chopped down and replaced by something hardier (I don’t know what though).
These are the Sedum a friend gave me last year after they’d bloomed. I had my doubts they would grow as she told me to stick the stalks into the ground and that would be enough. I think the rabbits ate all last year’s leaves and the birds chomped on the seeds so they were pretty sad-looking most of the winter; I can hardly wait to see what color the flowers will be!
My neighbor’s Maple tree is chock-full of buds. I know she’s looking forward to once more having a leafy green source of shade for hot summer days.
Now I can guess what you’re all thinking — yes, I’ll have to come back when spring really springs!