Spring blooms often feel so much more fleeting than those that emerge in the summer. I suspect I’m more aware of that this year since I’ve had much less chance to get out on regular walks and take in each new development. How did it get to be mid-May already? When I came upon this apple tree in full bloom yesterday, I thought to myself that I had better stop for a few minutes and memorize the smell now, because the next time I walk past the blooms will be gone. It only happens once a year.
Standing underneath the fragrant canopy and breathing deeply for five minutes turned out to be pretty good stress relief, too.
I always pass on these bulbs at planting time because they are often a bit on the pricey side, but then I see them blooming come spring and wonder why I was so cheap. And they naturalize easily, too.
The other day, while taking this photograph, I realized I had never smelled the flowers. So I did. As you can imagine they bear the subtle scent of black currants.
If you get a chance, I suggest you try it.
I went out for a walk yesterday and while we have had some warm and sunny days already, it was the first one that really felt like spring. One of my favorite spring blooms, the pasque flower was out. I’m so glad I caught them because they’ll be gone before I get a chance to go out walking again.