Apple blossoms and magnolia flowers are the two unmistakable signs that spring has really come. Usually, there are a lot of these beautiful flowers in full bloom by the middle of April. This year, the ice has very slow to melt. Warm day, but icy nights. Everything is deep in mud. Big lumps of ice make my sidewalk dangerous for anyone. Meanwhile, in the garden where snow came in October last year, the garden never got its final clean out. Not only are there no crocuses, I don’t even see any weeds. Just ice, mud, and piles of oak leaves.
Nonetheless, our weather is lovely today. I was able to walk up to the mailboxes (that’s a longer hike than you might think) in just a tee shirt and denim jacket. The hard part was getting across my wet, muddy, slippery front sidewalk. Considering it’s probably well into the 60s outside, I have trouble believing the ice hasn’t disappeared yet. I have icky muddy puddles on my front walk. So bring on the magnolias! Bring forth the lilacs and apple blossoms.
Let’s have a real spring. I have rarely needed it more than I do right now.