Monday, March 2, 2009

Crouching Spring, Hidden Bloom

Spring is slowly creeping, inch by inch, upon us poor, unsuspecting gardeners. Before we know it, it will pounce and devour us in one fell swoop with its breathtaking blooms.
Slowly, o so slowly it's drawing nearer, bloom by tiny bloom.
Softly, softly it comes closer and closer
a sudden flash of colour and then
all is calm and peaceful again.
And with soft pastel colours
and lovely white bells tinkling in the breeze we are lulled to sleep.
But gardener beware! Beneath that innocent blue sky with fluffy white clouds a dragon is waiting to slay you.
It's hiding now, but soon it will rear it's fire-y head
and scorch you to a crisp.
From beneath it devours,
rip you to shreds,
devastate you with its beauty effulgent,
until there is nothing left........
copyright 2009 Y.E.W. Heuzen

In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.
Sam Llewelyn, The Sea Garden

28 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Spring does look to be about ready to explode in your garden Yolanda. What beautiful little treasures you have popping up.

the Casbah Kitten said...

Oh my! How pretty! Spring is just teasing us here with the warm day, cold day, warm day dance. The poor little flowers are confused....

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

* Lisa: We had very mild weather this weekend (10 to 14C) and today it's sunny and mild too. Things seem to explode into bloom all of a sudden after that cold winter we've had.

* Cashbah Kitten: this is the third day that it's around 10 to 14 C but they are predicting night frosts this week too. It's not spring yet!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Yolanda .. it all looks ready to SPRING into action there .. you have made me very jealous .. but I will get over it and "I'll be BACK !" haha

Margo said...

Ja heerlijk, het voorjaar komt er echt aan, in elk geval wel in je tuin, en nu buiten ook een beetje.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I really enjoyed this post. You had me going the whole way through. My mind creeped along with yours as you revealed bloom after bloom. So beautiful.~~Dee

Gail said...

Hi YE, Fun post...you do have a few beauties popping up! Spring does creep along and then all at once everything seems to be in bloom! gail

Cat with a garden said...

It was very warm here for two days and that seduced four different crocuses into bloom. Yippieh!

garden girl said...

Such beautiful signs of spring in your garden Yolanda!

The wisteria is breathtaking. I can imagine how much you must look forward to it bursting into bloom.

Lis said...

Es ist doch immer wieder herrlich, wenn der Garten im Frühling wieder aus dem Winterschlaf erwacht. Dieses Jahr hat es endlos lange gedauert bis die ersten Schneeglöckchen zu sehen waren und wenn es jetzt nicht mehr so richtig kalt wird, können wir den Blüten beim wachsen richtig zusehen!
Eine Frage noch: Du hast doch auch so einen Rhabarbertopf wie Anita ihn hat. Weißt du zufällig noch die Adresse des Händlers und kannst sie mir bitte mal zukommen lassen?

LG Lis

nikkipolani said...

Yay! Spring is coming to the Bliss neighborhood! I love your hellebores -- thank you for sharing their beauty.

Green thumb said...

What is beautiful about Spring is the beauty which initially comes as a sustained release, followed by a deluge, and finally, a mass grave of all the spring blooms.
It is a crouching spring and hidden bloom at Bliss, while at Indiagarden it is almost a creeping away spring and hidden scorching summer gloom!

Barbara said...

Ops, Spring IS in Holland already! We just had a little glimpse of it last Saturday. Now it's going to continue to be winter... But once, we'll have it here too ;-) !!
Enjoy all your lovely Spring blooms!
Barbara

Karen - An Artists Garden said...

I love your header picture - too cute for words.
Very good title for this post Yolanda! it made me smile before I even read the post. :)
The signs of spring in your garden are lovely
K

Roses and stuff said...

It's so lovely when the spring flowers are almost bursting! There's anticipation in the air...
Katarina

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Absolute poetry! And it's all true!

Cindy

Anna said...

As you say Yolanda spring is slowly creeping in and oh what a time of expectation before it takes off at great speed :)

easygardener said...

I'm trying to stop myself taking the warmer weather for granted. It's tempting to bring slightly tender plants out of the greenhouse. I must be strong!

Rusty in Miami said...

I happy to see that spring is around the corner in your garden

Layanee said...

Spring has arrived for you. Isn't it amazing how quickly in progresses once it truly begins.

Rondi said...

I love the first signs of spring! I thought we might soon see something here, but today, it all got covered up by 8 inches of snow! So, we wait another few weeks. Sigh...

Your pictures gave me the fix I needed, though =)

Jalos said...

That one certainly is a beauty!
Can't wait to see the other come in bloom and spread his or her beauty around!
Hopefully soon I will visit the Helleboregarden again and will blog about it then, there are only 5 plants bloming now, so I still have to be patient.
How is your Hamamelis doing?
Has it the fragance it promised?

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yes, one really needs to crouch down to see some spring blooms up close! :)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I want to be overwhelmed & consumed!

Frances said...

Hi YE, oh so slowly, creeping and twisting, spring is coiling here too. We are more than ready. I thought for sure you were going to show a crouching kitty hiding in the beauties, ready to pounce.
Frances

Glo said...

One must tiptoe through the tulips in order to let sleeping snapdragons lie! Loved seeing your flowers coming along ~ your countdown to Spring is finally within reach. Great title!

chicago dyke said...

ok, i'm new to this blog, but am i the only one wondering about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer joke here? i thought perhaps it was just coincidence, until i got to "effulgent."

you're just won over a regular reader, yolanda. lovely pics, thanks!

Kylee said...

That's exactly what happens, and at a miraculous speed, actually!