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Monday, May 9, 2011

Behind the Times


My forsythia finally bloomed yesterday, Sunday--Mother's Day--almost a full week behind the bright blossoms I saw in Traverse City last Monday. My son called me on Saturday, and I talked to my own mother on Sunday, so it was a satisfying if low-key holiday for me. I have a lot more to catch up on here, including Friday's spelling bee, Saturday's Kentucky Derby, books, books, books, and all the latest wildflowers in the woods, but those will have to wait another day or two. For now, I offer this promissory note in the form of one of my favorite violets. Isn't she adorable?

9 comments:

Gerry said...

That is indeed a very nice violet. Your spring beauty and violets are ahead of mine, and the forsythia over here ahead of yours. What does it all mean? Got me. But Rob the Firefighter is here, and we're going out to lunch. That means Life Is Good.

BB-Idaho said...

We have a Forsythia out back. It was about 3 weeks late. Our Spring has been so cold, cloudy, rainy (dare I say nefarious?) that our annual
Dogwood Festival that took place all during April was
premature..the many dogwoods in our little town
are just coming out!?

P. J. Grath said...

Gerry, how wonderful that you are having a visit from Rob the Firefighter! BB, sorry about your dogwood festival: Mackinac Island's Lilac Festival runs the risk every year of not yet having blossoms. Impossible to predict very far ahead. People call from other states to ask when the cherry orchards will be blooming. Who knows???

Gerry, the spring beauties in the woods this morning were all closed up under an overcast sky, as were trillium (trillia?), but by this afternoon many happy trillium blossoms were opening their faces to the sun. There is something else blooming in the woods, too--I mean, apart from trillium, spring beauties, violets and troutlily. Maybe it is toothwort? I think it is toothwort. It looks edible (mustard family), and I am contemplating picking a little for a spicy salad addition.

Dawn said...

Trilliums are blooming up there? That means I should be looking for them down here! I haven't noticed any in the woods as I drive, but most likely I should go out for a bike ride to find them.

Love the violet photo. Very sweet!

Oh...did I tell you I LOVED the 1000 Mile Walk?!?!?!

P. J. Grath said...

Trillium on Gerry's side of Grand Traverse Bay were blooming, Dawn. Ours finally popped yesterday.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed Loreen's book so much! I did, too. I love reading about other, braver women's adventures!

Dawn said...

Not necessarily braver per se...just a different kind of adventure than someone else might participate in. Everyone is brave in their own way.

P. J. Grath said...

You are very kind, Dawn. I do feel that operating my own business for 18 years (in July) has been and continues to be a very great adventure.

Mercedes Moretti Bella A said...

beautiful

P. J. Grath said...

Thanks!