When spring finally comes, especially after a long winter, I think to myself how very brave it is for plants to send out buds and leaves and flowers again. They have the courage to reach for the light and keep growing, despite the fact that they’ll inevitably die.
Especially courageous are spring ephemerals like Mertensia virginica, or Virginia bluebells; for these beauties are but fleeting bursts of color in the spring landscape, typically above ground for only a few short months before folding back into dormancy again.
And what about the sheer doggedness of our native dogwood tree, whose bracts unfurl in April to reveal the true inner blooms, tiny and button-like?
Many of our spring flowering trees send out blooms even before leaves emerge. That’s like getting up in the morning and walking outside naked, in my opinion!
If only I could take a lesson from spring’s treasures, and learn to get back up with grace when life knocks me down, knowing that it’s all just part of the cycle of life.