|Lilac bud from this morning|
Walking home this morning, I spied this almost-ready-to-bloom lilac as I began my trek up our apartment complex driveway. Every year I see these appear as if by magic, with nothing one day and the next, leaves and buds ready to spring forth. Again, I am reminded that while I'm sleeping, or when I'm walking, or sitting quietly in my chair, spring flowers are emerging at breakneck speed. That's what it feels like, anyway.
It's April, after all, and here in the Pacific Northwest all that rain is helping these flowers to "spring forth" in all their glory. Within a week, there will be flowers where this lovely bud now teases me with anticipation. Lilacs have long been a favorite flower, from back in my teenage years when I ordered a shirtwaist dress from a catalog with a lilac-and-leaves print and wore it until it finally gave up. Do they still make shirtwaist dresses? I don't think so, but I remember that one with fondness.
The Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley began this week, and looking at the Bloom Map, I see it's still early but within another week or so, my friend Lily and I will head down there to see the display. Considering all the rain we've experienced lately, I'm sure that this year will be a wonderful spectacle, a riot of colors and a feast for the eyes.
Last night we had a huge wind- and rainstorm, with what sounded like a train barreling by at close range, but by the time I got up to start the day, it had quieted considerably. Although it was still windy, at least it wasn't that destructive and noisy kind we had earlier. I was dressed for it, and actually thankful that the buds are still waiting to emerge, so they were pretty safe from it all.
|First local tulips peeking out of the ground|
I saw a fenced garden and peeked through the slats to notice that there are already a couple of early tulips beginning to bloom. Yes, they sprang forth to show that they are getting ready to make a lovely display. It's just the beginning, with much more to come! Yay spring!