Monday, May 25, 2015

Wait One Day

This weed-like, invasive creature
had full run of the garden
when we first moved into our house.

I have tried to contain it to one,
small but generous section of my flower beds...

Each Spring it outruns my fingers and shovel,
skipping along the top of the soil, 
racing ahead of me
to wherever it wants.

In just one day
I discover it in a variety of new places

In just one day
it sends out roots for hundreds more

In just one day
it's a lime-green tight-budded rocket

In one more day
it bursts into a flaming yellow geodesic dome

In one more day
it relaxes into a lemon-yellow haze.

And on that day
I have no idea why I ever wanted to pull it out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love Is In The Air

My usual parade of flower pictures
is being interrupted today
for a grand display
of love
~ tra-la-la ~

It took weeks (or maybe minutes) of courting
before she allowed him
to get this close
to her

In no time at all
I will be photographing
their adorable, misbehaving
flying toddlers.

I can't wait!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Time For Tulips

They seemed in a rush this year,
to meet the sun.

And their colours have been
on fire!

They mirror the glowing rays
that pulled them
from the cold, dark earth.

Atop long slim necks,
their heavy heads sway with the breeze,
dancing to the music
we call

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sunglasses Required

In cold climates like mine
it seems we wait so long
to feel the heat of the sun
that when Spring does

nature rushes
~ guiltily ~
replicating the glow of the burning sun
in as many flowers as she can
to banish our complaints.

Well done!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Soft Side of Spring

They're so well named, pussy willows,
and something I look forward to
each spring.

Catch them while you can,
they don't last long.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Belle Of The Bouquet

So, Spring has arrived, rain and all
and the flowers
are gathering speed
- underground -
This means I don't yet have
any flowers to celebrate.

Lucky for me
one of my daughters received
a beautiful bouquet of flowers
and this fuchsia beauty caught my eye.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On The Wings Of Spring

Flying in ahead of Spring
before the snow has left the ground
birds arrive
to fill the air with their
wishful songs.

They rummage through the dead leaves
that cover the sleeping garden
in search of bugs and other goodies
invisible to my eyes.

The backyard is filled
with their silly antics,
their chatter and squabbles
as they argue over nesting spots
and rights to my feeders...
but mostly they gather in noisy families
to celebrate the end of winter.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fresh Spring Hare

A new visitor to my garden.
Like me, this hare is wondering
where the bright greens
and flowers of Spring