Saturday, March 12, 2016

And the Earth Rejoices . . .


"And over walls and earth and trees and swinging sprays and tendrils the fair green veil of tender little leaves had crept, and in the grass under the trees . . . and here and there everywhere were touches or splashes of gold and purple and white . . .


". . . and the trees were showing pink and snow . . . and there were fluttering of wings and faint sweet pipes and humming and scents and scents. And the sun fell warm . . ."


That's a bit from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett  -- one of my favorite childhood books which I've just been re-reading. 


The book captures beautifully the magical reawakening of the Earth in springtime.


And while I don't have a secret garden with tall stone walls and roses running wild, there is beauty on every hand just now.


Crocuses and star magnolia . . .


The yellow bells of the forsythia . . .


Tight-curled chartreuse buds of the wild spice bush . . .


And the jaunty catkins of the black pussy willow doff their caps to the approaching spring


7 comments:

Ms. A said...

Goodness gracious, I'm impressed with all the beautiful blooms and buds!

Anvilcloud said...

Back in the day, Sue had The Secret Garden on tape -- yes, actual cassette tape. It was read a very good reader. I think she was a well known actress, but I forget who.

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But we do have Google, and I have a name -- Frances Hodgson Burnett. So ... not famous AFAIK.

Barbara Rogers said...

These are great photos of beautiful spring flowers...you've got them in focus and the lighting is perfect!

Jim Egerton said...

Such wonderful pictures of your spring in progress. You do have a heaven right in your yard.

Frances said...

What a pleasure to see these photographs of beautiful spring flowers waking up in morning sunshine.

Thank you also for reminding me of The Secret Garden. I'm putting it on my library list.

xo

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely unfolding of spring. Secret Garden was also a childhood favorite of mine and one I go back to read every now and then. Such a beautiful story.

katy gilmore said...

I'm envious of your rapid spring! Here it is such a long, slow business, much backsliding with accompanying cold wind and storms. Gorgeous photos - must feel so good to be in that sunshine. Enjoy - take that book out to your blue bench (at least that's what I'm imagining.)