One of the first signs of spring in our yard is when the tulip trees begin to bloom. They send out their blooms first, then leaves, later. Gorgeous pale pink blossoms on a bare tree....a sight to behold!

Often, in a rush to get ahead of the other spring flowers, the tulip trees begin to bloom before we've had the last frost, ...in which case, the lovely pink flowers are turned to brown mush overnight. Fortunately, this year, we've been able to enjoy them for several days, so far, and no frost in sight.

^ Blooms not yet opened. ^

When Spring Appears

give lusty cheers
when spring appears
when spring appears.

Buds and seeds
prick up their ears
and blades of grass
show eager spears.

And only icicles
weep tears
when spring appears
when spring appears.
--Aileen Fisher

A Prayer in Spring
by Robert Frost
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.


bp said...

I enjoyed your pictures and poems. That is such a pretty tree.

Susan B said...

Gorgeous pictures! Happy Spring to you!!