Spring, oh Spring, Where Art Thou?

March 26, 2013

The first day of spring has come and gone, and here we are with snow flurries!  The wind is wicked sharp, and it is cold, cold, cold!  I do not enjoy doing chores in this cold weather.  Even the animals were reluctant to come out of their sheds for food this morning!

However, there are still signs of spring if you look for them!

For instance, the dandelions are popping up here and there.

picture of dandelion

The dandelion may seem like a humble flower, or be cursed as a weed in suburban lawns, but it has some good uses.  Besides being bright and colorful, you can make tea or wine out of them!  Dandelions are used as salad greens and in soups. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.

It is considered an herb, and as such, it is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, and gallstones.  It is also used as skin toner, plus as tonics for the blood and the digestive system.

Dandelions are also good for inflammation, helping with joint pain, muscle aches, and bruises.

So the humble dandelion should not be scorned when you see it’s cheery face!

In the Wild Woods. . .

Not only are dandelions popping up in the lawn, there are signs of spring in the bare woods as well.

Here’s a little wildflower that dots the floor of the woods.

pic of wildflower
But my favorite herald of spring is this wildflower…

picture of trillium

They are not fully open yet, but they are showing up in their usual places in the woods.

The Trillium is part of the “Spring ephemerals”  group of plants.  They’re called ephemerals because they only last a short time.  They develop aerial parts – those that are above ground, including the stems, leaves, and flowers – early each spring.  The plants bloom and produce seed  quickly, but then the above ground structures of blooms and leaves wither and disappear.  All that’s left behind is the underground structures you don’t see, so you can’t even tell the plants are there until they pop up again the next spring.

The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
Psalm 103: 15-16

Happily, while man is also ephemeral like these flowers, Easter is coming soon as a reminder there is a resurrection.  Like those short-lived flowers, we’ll bloom again!

Happy Easter!

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