The color for April is… first flowers. I know, I know. But after a snow-covered, ground-frozen winter, the colors of the first flowers are near-miraculous. How do they do it? These are all first-appearing flowers from bulb, seed or shrubbery that have endured, uneaten by creature or climate, the months of cold. Look, really look at a flower. You cannot question the expansive benevolence of the universe.
May Swenson talks about daffodils best:
in a row in the garden
shrill with light.
brings earliest models out
each April the same,
naïve and classical.
Look into the yolk-
alert with echoes.
Say hello to time.
The time of many flowers is coming. I tend to favor self-propagating, working perennials — those that attract and feed bees, butterflies, and birds. After three springs here (and the presence of Dog keeping the deer away), there will be a satisfying abundance of both color and utility. We will continue to enjoy the delicious splendor, a lot.
First flowers are specialer, though. Thank you! Grow some flowers today!