At the end of winter the magnificent purple blooms of Magnolia burst forth from what seem to be dead wood, only to be replaced by new soft green foliage at the beginning of September: to me this is the first sign that spring is on its way. From then on things get frenetic: new life appears in abundance in the garden. Bees are happily buzzing around seeking out pollen and nectar, butterflies dart from flower to flower and even the little skinks, who I haven’t seen all winter, now bask lazily in the warmth of the sun.
Every spring is the only spring – we relish this season, especially after a cold and wet winter. It signifies new life, and a promise of fulfilment. The late actor and comedian Robin Williams describes spring as “natures way of saying, ‘lets party’”. Let us celebrate the wonders of nature, the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the flowers along our roads and in our gardens.
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~ L.H. Bailey
Contributor: Esther Townsend