Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Spring at last

April has at last brought us genuine spring, delayed because of the coldness of late March. In Wisconsin, green comes up from the ground like a mist. This is particularly noticable in the wooded parkway along the Kinnickkinnick River. The woods are a gray-brown frieze all through the winter. The snow gradually vanishes to reveal the patchy carpet of low-growing herbs that remain green, though frozen, all winter. As the days pass, one can track the rising of sap as pale buds become visible on the willows and low shrubs, the saplings, and finally extending up into the branches of the mature trees. Now, there is a light green haze shrouding the woody framework, which will eventually thicken into a solid curtain of forest.

The first wildflowers in these parts are the wood hyacinths, which bloom in beds in the shadowy portion of the woodlands, their intense blue vibrant against the dark green of their foliage. There are a few violets in some of the lawns now, and the daffodils followed shortly on the hyacinths advent. Many of our plantings are well up now: tulips (a couple blooming), day lillies, irises, peonies, poppies all are six inches or more tall, holding the promise of future beauty.
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