Sometimes spring just can’t get here fast enough.
The beautiful blue sky in the photo is deceptive – Monday, February 22nd was a very cold day! The buds on the forsythia were swelling, but still weeks away from bloom. But, forsythia is a genial plant, growing rapidly, blooming early, and – best of all – easy to force inside.
Blue skies were calling on that Monday morning. My Valentine’s roses were beginning to fade on the side-table in the Reading Retreat. With an eye towards replacing them – without going to the florist! – I grabbed clippers and buckets and headed out into the landscape.
A week later, they were beginning to show color, but not quite ready for their debut upstairs. I gave them another warm drink, as I had several times before, and waited a little longer.
Just the thing to brighten up another cold, wet, windy day!