Thursday, March 17, 2011
Something delicous about the grass in this top picture. Maybe I haven't mentioned it before but it rains a lot in Vancouver. Summer we're told is beautiful. Winter is grey and wet and cold (but not very cold) with occassional sunshine. That doesn't mean not beautiful, just a different kind of beauty. A kind of everything-is-covered-in-moss beauty. I don't terribly mind the rain so far... but it has been known to cause high rates of SAD (Seasional Affective Disorder) among the people here. One advantage of rain is good soft soil for plants to grow in, something I'm not very familiar with coming from the dry, dusty plains of the land down under. So I was very excited to see these suprises poking up through the soggy marsh grass on our front lawn:
And a few days later they blossomed into these below. I was tempted to pick the purple flowers immediately, but they don't look like the kind that would last well inside... So I resisted. I showed restraint and I was rewarded. These beauties have been flowering for at least a month, beginning small and tight each morning and opening up full and bright with any sign of sunshine. At night they close up again to rest and greet me again in the morning. See they even cope with a light frost and though they were buried in the snow they've kept on warming my heart.
We turned the clocks forward one hour for daylight saving on Sunday so it is officially Spring now and the days are getting longer. Even the dafodils know the seasons are changing, they were perfectly on time popping up to say hello to Spring this very first week. I'm excited to plant my paperwhites in the ground to suprise someone else next year. Thankyou Heavenly Father for seasons.
Posted by Sharolyn Newington at Thursday, March 17, 2011