Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere. Kids are getting out of school and graduations are being celebrated. Backyard grills are being fired up and picnics planned. Before you take your children to their summer camps and head off on an exotic vacation (at least we can dream), I wanted to ask the burning question, was your spring as crazy as the one we had.
When I think of spring, my first thought is of the many wonderful flowers and the sweet aromas of their blossoms that attract the beautiful butterflies and bees.
I always look forward to the breath of warm air that caresses our cheeks and the gentle rains that encourage the tender green shoots that are just emerging from the ground. As the saying goes…April showers bring May flowers.
This is the apple orchard at our home in New Hampshire…it was buried in 14 inches of snow on the first day of spring. By the way, that is not a black and white photo…just a gray spring day. Once the snow melted, the weather warmed up to record levels. Our apple orchard bloomed one month early.
The water level at the lake in Maine where our summer cottage is located was at record lows this spring. We could have opened the cottage early but it went from record warmth to record cold to record rain. Too many RECORDS…and too much water. The lake went over its banks, submerging all the docks (including ours) and stressing all shoreline plants.
There were beautiful blossoms this spring that I enjoyed for their brief appearance. Unfortunately they didn’t last because of the heavy rainfalls. Now summer is bursting forth with summer blossoms. Nothing says summer more than an abundance of sweet smelling summer roses, the smiling faces of daisies and bright orange lilies.
At last it is finally summer! I’m hoping that it will be a pleasant summer but we went from a high of 68 degrees F. on the last day of spring to 96 degrees F. on the first day of summer.