Irony can be found in the early blooming blue perennials. Blue symbolizes sadness and lack of hope. These blues signify the exhilaration of continued survival.
It’s the in-between time of seasons, which in Chicago means weather is more unpredictable than usual. Spring suggests temperatures finally above freezing, but Chicago’s average last frost date is May 15th, roughly two thirds into the season. “Average” is the pleasant way of saying Chicagoans should expect regular appearances of the low 30’s through the end of May.
As we wait for the weather to awaken our romance with springtime these blue perennials wake from their dormancy and stir new energy in our beings. Their appearances warm our souls while we anticipate southern winds’ warming. Is it any wonder that Chicago’s Blues Fest ushers in the festival season, chasing away winter doldrums? I share these blue images to strengthen the spirit of those Chicagoans restlessly awaiting summer’s arrival.