What does the word spring mean to you as in seasons? For me it is the regeneration of the earth after a long, ( and in the current year,) wet, winter. Bulbs that were carefully placed in pots are now springing into life as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths, to name but three.
New seedlings are carefully planted and the gardeners are out with their lawnmowers striping and edging lawns. Magnolia trees and forsythia bushes are showing their magnificent blooms and heather is making itself known along borders.
No wonder people describe spring as the most colourful of seasons.
Religious festivals are held in Spring from every denomination in the world from Passover to Easter. From very earliest civilisations, spring has been celebrated as the beginning of new life.
D I Y enthusiasts begin to start home improvements and thoughts turn to decorating and building projects
The wallpaper and paint charts start appearing with their new colour schemes in the stores. Curtains are "spring cleaned" and windows can once again be opened to air the house after long condensation filled rooms of the winter.
Hikers and walkers love this time of year too. Not cold, but not unbearably hot, so just right for that ten mile trek. Fishermen can be seen with their rods along the riverbanks waiting for the first trout of the season. Photographers are eager to snap bumble bees, butterflies and meadows with glorious celandines and buttercups.
New born lambs growing up fast in Somerset!
The birds are nesting and gathering twigs and necessary items of foliage for that all important safe breeding place. Lambs although born all year round now, somehow seem more apt bouncing around in the fields in March and April.
The football season is drawing to a close and thoughts turn to the upcoming sports of the lighter evenings, netball, tennis, rounders etc. no couch potatoes please once the clocks go forward on March 31st!! Fresh air is the order of the day and children are outside playing on the greens and laughing and chasing one another around the streets. Complexions are ruddier and appetites turn towards new season vegetables such as purple sprouting grown in this country. My all time favourite and one vegetable I could eat at every meal.
Glorious Purple Heather