The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke, American author, educator, and clergyman
I’ve been waiting for a pretty day to capture some of Central Illinois’s Spring beauty, but alas! By the time that rolls around, all the good blooms will be gone and it will be 90 degrees outside!
So I’ve decided a nice walk around town in search of blossoms, Easter/Spring decorations, and such will have to suffice.
Let’s get started.
Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~Chinese proverb
Once again, I apologize for being AWOL from my blog, but things have become so hectic that I find myself coming and going in circles!
Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~Chinese Proverb
I’m up to my ears in web design projects right now, but I figured if I didn’t get these Spring photos posted, it might be Summer before I come up for a deep breath!
We’ve been fighting our share of wind, rain, and coolish temperatures, but Mother Nature knows it’s time to put on her striking glory. See if you don’t agree:
Not sure but I think this might be a magnolia. Yes, we have them here! This one was in a little park outside of the business district.
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!).
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet
My Daffodils are peeking through, and I find myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring! Yes, it will be weeks before these babies bloom and the temperatures stay consistently warm, but now that I see progress, it’s easier to be patient.
I found the following quote in a publication I was reading and decided it was appropriate for ALL of us (but especially those of us trying to write a book!) Have a beautiful Sunday, my friends!
Have patience with all things — but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. — St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of authors, writers, and journalists
The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. -Basil Hume, English Catholic bishop
Somehow, it seems fitting that Easter comes at the same time nature is waking from a deep winter’s sleep.
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
Some parts of the country are already well into Spring, but the changing of the seasons comes later to those of us living in Central Illinois.
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” — Gertrude Wister, horticulturist
Yes, the calendar still says Winter, but some of us (including me) are longing for Springtime. And despite Juno, Linus, and all those ridiculously-named winter storms, Mother Nature is preparing for a new season.
Here, take a look:
Spring seems to be taking its sweet time about arriving in Central Illinois, but that hasn’t stopped die-hard gardeners from dreaming.
Do-it-yourself stores like Home Depot, big box stores like Walmart, and even some grocery stores are doing their best to capitalize on that fact.
Witness some of these beauties I saw this morning while browsing at Wally World: