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Date:12/28/2014 11:22:48 AM
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More on Springtime
As I've related many times, this year, Spring has come late. Only now are the hostas poking through the ground and the apple and crab trees are just starting to come into blossom. The lilacs haven't been this late since 1981. Only now has it ocurred to me that while we all search for visible signs of Spring in the flowers and birds, and wait for the audible sounds of Spring in birdsong and the cheeps of the Spring Peepers, it is the smells of Spring which delight in a special way. After a May (not an April) shower that shakes loose the smells of the flora and a series of warm days which follows it, we can smell the warm, wet, sweet scents of new plant growth.

Can you smell the color green? This doesn't sound silly if you are a Countryman or Woman. On a warm May night, with the peepers chirping and a south wind blowing up the hill, I can smell new grass and poplar leaves unfolding. The bare ground of the gardens are covered with a layer of discarded catkins from the maples and oaks. The blossoms of the crabapples, apple trees, pin cherry trees and of course, the lilacs are starting to bloom as I write this. Tomorrow I will be able to smell pink, purple, and saffron-white in addition to green. --Gary
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