“All things seem possible in May” ~ Edwin Way Teale
Good morning, dear friends. As I write this on the last day of April 2022, I think of how fortunate I am to be sitting in my little corner of the world, with the window open and listening to the local bird orchestra playing their tunes. Our Carolina Jasmine is in full bloom and the fragrance drifting through the open window is divine. Yes, May is a real joy. And, truly Edwin Teale spoke true words. “All things do seem possible in May” ~ don’t they?
“The spring is fresh and fearless And every leaf is new, the world is brimmed with moonlight, The lilac brimmed with dew.
Here in the moving shadows, I catch my breath and sing. My heart is fresh and fearless and overbrimmed with spring.” ~ Sara Teasdale
May is a sure sign spring has arrived or at least is moving fast toward all corners of our land. May does offer so much hope ~ new life, new blooms, beautiful green fields, and blue, blue skies. Gorgeousness lies at every turn, and is a feast for one’s eyes.
“. . .as I wandered the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a wildflower singing a song. . .” ~ William Blake
And if it wasn’t the wildflowers that were singing, perhaps it was this pair of sweet baby bluebirds. Anxious to see what the world has to offer.
“The foxglove, with it’s stately bells of purple, shall adorn thy dells.” ~ David Macbeth Moir
Foxgloves are a favorite of mine and Mike is especially fond of them. He lets them go to seed and scatter their seeds where they like. Then, on a cool late summer morning, he transplants the new little plants to a spot of his liking and takes good care of them until the fall rains. When May arrives they reward him for his work. He so enjoys watching a bumble bee disappear deep into their trumpets. I love their freckles.
And then, along comes the lilacs. Many years ago, Mike gave me a vintage piece of needlework that said, “You will know it is here or getting near when the lilacs bloom.” The author was not mentioned but the words are true, at least they are true in West Virginia, where one has learned to place a bit of faith in old garden legends.
“Now that lilacs are in bloom She has a bowl of lilacs in her room And twists one in her fingers while she talks.” ~ T. S. Eliot
“When April steps aside for May, Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten; Fresh violets open every day: To some new bird each hour, we listen. ” ~ Lucy Larcom
Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit. May this glorious month of May provide you and yours with dazzling beauty and great joy.
I wish you days full of magnificent blue skies, sunshine, and many reasons to “hold your breath.” Be well!
Violet tree peony, Shimadaijin.
“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver