Walking along Lake Michigan’s shores in Chicago Lincoln Park I was graced with the springtime explosion of these bright cheery blossoms. “Hope springs eternal”; but here spring brings forth eternal hope.
Faith sometimes wane during the grey days of winter. If springtime seems soooooooo long ago, I offer this image from 2016 to stir your thoughts. The Iris‘ violet flower takes backstage to its crisp green new leaves. Look closely to the flower’s petal on the far right and you’ll spot a newly emerged springtime grasshopper. The background echos the green hues with greening trees and a green tinge to the South Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Time is evidenced in this image showing that spring has been progressing rapidly. The Iris bloom appears to be one of the last of this season; the other blooms are dried and wilted. Iris is one of the first blooms after a long winter’s dormancy. Soon blooms will be displaced with prolific green progress.
May Matthew’s raid wane soon.
May the returning tranquility
Be a calming comfort to all.
May we once again revel
In daily miracles around each of us.
This is a day that finds me most aware of my the many blessings in my life. Some are large and obvious to many. Some are small and would easily go unnoticed if I had not taken some quiet moments to not think about myself. A blessed Easter or Passover to you. Happy Spring to everyone; may springtime awaken your senses and help you realize the great wonders around you.
The beginning of this new year I opened a waiting Christmas gift from a thoughtful neighbor. I gently placed my waiting bulb, into a small pot filled with moist soil. The sun through a north window added warmth. Then I waited. Waiting is easy to do in the frigid temperatures of winter in Chicago; easier than ever this sub-zero January. This mid-month week, with daily snow and sub-zero forecasts the delicate Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) flowers emerged yielding a light sweet aroma. Promises of spring; reward for patience and faith. What a wonder-ful gift.
My bulb was prepared and ready for growth. If you want to force your own bulbs for early arrival, to warm the cold gray days of winter, check out these instructions: https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-paperwhite-narcissus-bulbs.html