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Date:12/26/2014 4:15:18 AM
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Bugs and Blooms
This year the lilacs have lasted only a short while. I always try to walk along the row of bushes which border our backyard on the Home Hill a few times while they are in bloom. Malheureusement, (sadly) some individual florets have failed to open while most of the rest have started to wilt. Even Big Brother Tommy has noticed the very same thing. He told me of his dismay that he wouldn't be able to take any more lilac cuttings to Ma's room in the nursing home, (That this ol' bear of a manly man is now talking to me about his concern over the demise of scented bouquets for our mother is something that I find amusing but won't let on.)

Neamoins (nevertheless) in my last post I stated how I'd hoped that these blooms would last longer this year. Malheureusement, the opposite is true, at least with the lilacs.

But it's the same with some of my other favorite blooms. The pin cherry tree blossoms lasted only two or three days as did the apple and crab apple trees. But in their place the snow bush (tree) next to the garage is coming into full bloom and the strawberries are doing the same. I've also noticed that the wild roses have come out this week as well. I am anticipating the next floral arrival, the blackberry and raspberry blossoms. Although three weeks late like everything else, they will scenten the warm wet night air of early Summer here at La Ferme Sabloneuse

Our friend "'berta", who's a kindred spirit to my Ruthie and me, is keeping us up to date on which insects have come out so far this growing season. So far she's spotted a cicada way earlier than one would expect, and both she and we noticed the first chirps of the crickets this last week. I don't know if the crickets are early or not, but I do know that they are most noticeable in late August and early September. We all concur that we've not seen a firefly yet this year, which is dramatically later than normal.

So here's to bugs and blooms. I submit that watching the fireflies on a moist, warm June night while smelling the sweet scent of blackberry blossoms is veritably a piece of Heaven on Earth. --Gary
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