Saturday, May 17, 2008

Spring has sprung . . .

Spring has sprung
The grass has riz,
I wonder where
The flowers is?
Not sure how well known that little spring verse is in your part of the world, but when I was growing up in the fifties, Iowa, it was a big spring time hit. You would hear it often recited by as many adults as children while they chatted over fence lines and clothes lines on some of those first warm sunny spring days.

And today, as I sit here working at my laptop, the sound of our riding mower and that of our neighbor’s riding mower, are humming away outside my open window. So nice to have the windows and doors open, airing out the stuffiness of a long hard winter. The lilacs are working on blooming--they’re just beginning to “show”, and I’m sure before the weekend is over, their fragrance will be wafting through the house carried on these gentle spring breezes.

All the apple trees, including the Crab apple trees, have been in bloom for part of a week or so. If you go anywhere near them, their scent will intoxicate. Funny how they don’t quite “broadcast” as the lilacs do. However, if you’re out driving with the windows open, once in a while, when you’re passing a large grove, their fragrance will sweep through the car, and your head will immediately turn in their direction, and you will be rewarded with the sight of their white and pink blossoms en masse along a hillside.

Mm, the smell of freshly mown grass has just gotten up to my second-story window. All that mowing is paying off in olfactory delight. For my dear hubby, all of it amounts to heading straight to his antihistamine supply. But for me, it fills me with sensory delight, and memories of a very happy childhood sprawled out on a blanket in our big backyard, watching the clouds roll by. Nothing quite like the contentment that would come from spending a lazy spring day soaking in the warmth of the sun after a winter of little sun, and being bundled to the hilt to stay warm.

I do believe my outdoor flower pots are calling. Today will be a good day to head to the local nursery and pick out my tomato plants, some flowers for my big barrel pots and some to line the garden path borders. Once home I’ll get last fall’s residue of late coming weeds and this spring’s early weeds out of the garden spots around my house. And I can work up the flower pots so they’ll be ready to plant tomorrow.

Ah yes, Spring has sprung, and I know exactly where the flowers is! Ain’t it grand!

10 comments:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Enjoy, enjoy! My mom used to say that verse, so I guess it was popular in Jersey City, too. It used to make me giggle and giggle, because usually her English was so completely proper.

anno said...

What an idyllic afternoon you have ahead of you! And after your planting, I hope you find a comfortable place to sit and sip iced tea, or maybe just to sit and enjoy all the sights and scents of spring. Enjoy!

Mariposa said...

Enjoy! We don't have spring here...we have it all year round...but it would be nice I guess...I loved it when I was there...loved it when I was in Japan too...so I can just imagine the joy!

Mariposa said...

Hi WB! Miss you already!!!

Jan is back...hope we could have our reunion soon!

Sarita Leone said...

Love the title of this blog. Have been reading your posts, and smiling. Love the "oops" thoughts!

Mariposa said...

I hope to hear from you soon...

Mariposa said...

Hi Helen, I hope you are doing well!

Mariposa said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Mariposa said...

Happy 2010 Helen!

Mariposa said...

Hi Helen...it's been awhile.
I hope all's well with you.
I miss reading your blog...
Happy new year to you and your family! Happy 2015!