Saturday, February 26, 2011

...Can Spring be Far Behind

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
     Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
We're back to winter this week. The blooming crocuses are buried, the daffodils are budded but shivering, and a couple of sparrows are huddled under the bird feeder trying to keep warm. We're inside a swirling snow globe looking out.
But after all, it is only February, the most coy and vacillating month here in the Puget Sound area. By next week the air may be balmy, with impatient flowers once again heralding spring.
It was 15 degrees on our back porch yesterday, and Popcorn wanted in, NOW!
Flowering currant blooms first in our yard. The hummingbirds love it.


  1. What a treat to see a glimpse of the glories of spring in the Northwest! My college memories of flowers still blooming almost until Christmas and early flowers praising God's glory in rock gardens in Seattle in February help to take me through the long winters in Minnesota when snowbanks are so high we can't see oncoming traffic at corners even now. Many will stay until spring warm rains finally conquer the stubborness of brown, ugly remains even when the pussy willows sport their catkins here. Thanks for the whiff of Spring as I remember it back in the late 'Fifties' when we were still young and full of spirit. For now we rely on the breath of the Holy Spirit to keep us smiling and laughing no matter the temperature. God's blessings to you, Joan.
    Donna Gilbertson

  2. Thanks, Joan, for the reminder that spring will finally come. It's easy to lose sight of that in weather like this!


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