Monday, February 14, 2011

Blossoms Here and There


Our manzanita joins the Show of Valentine-y Pink
pruning with antique saw
It's raining, thank God! We were worried that all our rain had fallen early in the season, that we would be left high and dry against the summer drought.

I'm looking out the window at the lovely cherry plum tree. For a few weeks it's a pretty tree, while the blossoms draw the attention away from the ungainly shape. B. has to do several hours of trimming every year to keep both the tree and the nearby wisteria from invading the house.

Trees are flowering all over the county now and I'm relishing the fact that God willing, I'll be repeating my experience of two years ago, when I got in on Spring here, and two months later, in Maryland, watched a slightly different version of the performance. Because I do have a ticket to fly in late March.

It's Valentine's Day, and love is being expressed all over the place, like bursts of flowers showing that the plant, or marriage or friendship, is still alive and fruitful. Last year my Valentine and I ate dinner at a Japanese restaurant that gave us this origami money with our dessert mints. Is it a lucky Japanese tradition? Maybe. I do know that I am a lucky woman. I have the same Valentine this year.


Maryland blooms 2009

6 comments:

Janet said...

I'm so ready for some buds and flowers! Where I live the snow still covers the ground. I'm ready for some COLOR!

I live that origami heart.

Jeannette said...

A saint's day that celebrated...co-opted of course, but none the less it is St. Valentine's Day and I wish you and yours a sweet one.

wayside wanderer said...

Beautiful! It has been an intense winter any sign of spring is such a welcome sight, even half way across the country. What a neat thing to be able to "chase" spring.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

We are having a lovely warm spell here in NC, and it has me anticipating all the blooms to come. It's not long now!

xofrances

M.K. said...

Oooo -- I'm trying not to be green with envy! All I have here thus far, are some little spears of daffodils.

Gumbo Lily said...

I'm enjoying your blossoms. What beauty! We'll not have anything green or blossoming for about 3 months yet.

Jody