May 22, 2009

The wearing of the Green

I began chasing green from West to East in late April. I headed out from snow falling on Denver to notice first the green of growing young wheat as I entered Kansas from the West. By the time I reached the middle of this wide stretching state I was seeing dark earth and green fields with trees in full leaf. My trip ended at the furthest edge of Kansas straight into KC, Missouri. The dogwoods had bloomed and looked as if they were adorned with white or magenta butterflies.

Now Denver has caught up in its own fashion with the spring of KC. However Denver sports other shades of green and grey green also yellow green. Let me put up a few views of my garden this afternoon and some words from someone who was a careful observer of Spring as it became clothed in green.
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period-
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.
It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.
Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay-
A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.
by Emily Dickinson
Check out the book, "Emily Dickinson's Gardens" by Marta McDowell, I used to be able to get a blog written by Marta, it has moved. If anyone knows where Marta's blog has gone please let me know. Meanwhile the blog is a good find for gardeners. Live in Color also has a good post on green. Here's to celebrating green!


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