I welcome lupines as harbingers of summer, especially when they arrive in pink. We also have later-blooming lupines in cream and blue. The ones pictured here are beginning to bloom, and will soon fill their stalks with more petals. Effie and Paladin took turns today, sleeping among the leaves on the side opposite the flowers.
Lilacs announce the Spring.
Effie is pensive, but she nonetheless enjoys everything about Spring.
Paladin seeks shade under a chair.
Dwarf ruffled golden-orange tulips contribute festivity to the season.
Not to be outdone, a red dwarf ruffled tulip joins the festivities.
Effie loves fresh catnip.
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Our first full-bloom daffodil of the year was so heartening after five months of off-and-on winter.
It was bizarre: first I heard the strange sound of sleet. Sleet happens, even in May. Our last sleetfall was in November. Joining the rare occasion of sleet was this darkly brilliant sunset. All quite strange, and all quite lovely.
The rain has subsided for now. The sun is out, but a cold 6-mph wind blows through trees, grasses, and my cotton sweater. I returned to photograph some new blooms and my husband, with Effie’s fully engaged help, preparing a furrow in which he will grow corn in Effieland. Perhaps we could even breed a new variety and name it Effieland Corn!
Effie oversees the steps leading to her prospective brand, Effieland Corn
Lilacs are burgeoning with spring energy
. . .without the bugs.