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Heady Fragrance

It’s spring and the sun is brighter for it. Life can bring disappointment, but the Month of May dances in to save the day.

It was 82-degrees and gentle today. A light rain showered us in fine mist for 15 straight minutes at 5 o-clock in the late afternoon. Or is that early evening? The sun shined on, despite the clouds moving about, so the whole thing looked like diamonds falling from the sky.

And then, it was gone. The squirrels resumed their scampering, birds went about their business and people reemerged from their house-hiding.

And then…what is that? The sweetest response to the short rainfall: the lilacs effused and the slightly moist air became heavy with the heady fragrance of springs most generous bouquet. *deep, long inhale…Yes, the air was filled with the lilacs’ full and glorious scent and I may or may not have become somewhat intoxicated.


When it’s Springtime in the Rockies

When the buds unfurl, when the pear trees blossom, as the lilacs burst forth in their purple glory, when the grass grows green and the gardening bug bites, you can bank on it:

some freak winter storm will zoom through the valley in a mix of wet and white, create a rush on milk, eggs and toilet paper, and break the branches on our flowering trees, generally creating havoc.

Never you mind that we always need that moisture in these arid parts. By this late date I just want to be living in flip-flops!

Shame on you, Home Depot and Lowes, for enticing shoppers with those tender tomato plants and petunias. 

People, dear friends, do not be deceived by this. Wait until after Mother’s Day to plant petunias, zinnias, squash, beans, tomatoes, and cukes! Wait, I say, waaaait!

denver spring forecast

April 28, and the forecast is rainy mixed with snow = heavy, wet slush. There go my lilacs, darn it!