Pay no attention to the date, it's all about what you see and feel when you step outside.  Today in NJ it is 50 degrees.  I stepped outside and the sun was shining.  I set out to see if anything was shooting up from the ground.  I saw the tiny green shoots of the crocuses, and even some green tulip shoots.  But the clincher was when I saw a cluster of lovely snow drops.

You only have to see one flower.  It progresses rapidly from there.  The irises above, won't come till May, but they will be here before you know it.

When I taught English to Japanese students, I learned as much from them as they learned from me.  Japanese culture celebrates the seasons.  Of course in the Spring, there is Ohanami, Waiting for the Cherry Blossoms, and in the Fall, is Momijigari, waiting for the leaves to change color.  They make whole holidays out of these events.

I often taught students in their homes and they would change the interior decor with colorful seasonal displays.  So now I do it too.  It's a great way to give a purpose to all my knickknacks.

So after a very exhilerating walk, I rushed home.  I whipped off the Valentine's Day table cloth, which has a lot of red in it, and cupids mid-air.  I got out my tulip covered cloth.  I put out a green fairy in honor of St. Paddy's Day.  All my ceramic blue birds came out of hiding as well.

All of this was uplifting and fun for me.  I'm feeling terribly cheerful as I write this.  Blotted from my mind are men who are cannibals, congress people who don't care if the ship sinks, a crying man who lost his precious child to a gun that splats your insides in a way that makes a bullet seem benevelant, and on and on, as they plague us with the day's news.  No, those snowdrops made it all disappear in an instant.  HAPPY SPRING, don't wait until March 20th.  WE NEED IT NOW!

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 28, 2013 at 8:15pm

Pretty flowers!! Yellow daffodils just exploded in the bed next to our fish pond... hey but we're in California so that's kind of to be expected.  R&L ;-)

Comment by Pam Malone on March 1, 2013 at 8:59am

I remember when the sorority girls used to sell daffodils in June in Berkeley.  I don't think spring bulbs count in CA, sorry JMac.  Where are you Veronica?

Comment by Chicago Guy on March 2, 2013 at 6:45am

One of my absolute favorite jazz standards, especially when it's done by a guy named Clifford Brown. is "It Might As Well Be Spring."

And I know I'm ready!

Comment by Pam Malone on March 2, 2013 at 9:03am

Yes, I agree, that's a lovely piece of music. 

Comment by Workstudio on March 3, 2013 at 12:25pm

Lovely assortment of flowers and colors, what a nice photograph.

Comment by onislandtime on March 3, 2013 at 12:34pm

Beautiful, Pam.

I agree, we had 50 degrees and sun yesterday, although it is raining today. I say it's spring. I started my herbs inside, and already have a few tiny green shoots of Thyme and Tarragon. Soon, very soon....

Comment by Pam Malone on March 3, 2013 at 1:32pm

Thank you workstudio, I took that photo at the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair, NJ, a great place to visit near the end of May.  Wow, Onislandtime, tarragon and thyme, two of my favorite spices.  I've only grown basil and cilantro. 

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on March 4, 2013 at 11:14am

You only have to see one flower.  It progresses rapidly from there. 

trouble is: to find a fine free flower, eh?

Comment by Pam Malone on March 4, 2013 at 1:19pm

Keep looking and you'll find one.

Comment by Leslie Howe on March 6, 2013 at 9:18am

Looking for the beauty amid it all makes it bearable!  Great job reminding us all to do that!


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