The Sights and Sounds of Spring

Irene's tulips and my Iris

Irene’s tulips and my Iris

I think Spring is finally here. As I venture down the hill, the View is wonderful.

The tulips and daffodils and forsythia were rather short-lived but certainly were bright and colorful for a while. My favorite trees, the Red Buds, provided a brilliant display against the dark evergreens.

The Iris this year are absolutely beautiful, and such an array of colors – pale blue, deep purple, bright yellow, stark white, bronze. And then there are the multi-colored ones – deep purple with white fringes, pink and white, brown and yellow and reddish purple. My favorites are the ones that are such a deep purple they appear black.

The ones in my back yard are at least three feet tall, I’m certainly going to miss them when they stop blooming. The lilacs were not only beautiful to look at, but were super fragrant this year and I’ve seen about three different shades, from deep purple to pale lavendar and white. The roses are loaded with buds and a few more sunny days will bring them into full bloom. The heather and Russian Sage provide different shades of purple – the official color of Strasburg. Almost every house is adorned with red and white geraniums and various shades of pink and red petunias and other annuals.

After having my hostas and day lilies eaten to the ground by the deer for two years in a row, they appear very healthy this year and I can hardly wait for the day lilies to start blooming.

My view is not limited to flowers. The children are enjoying the pleasant weather and the streets, lawns and sidewalks are full of bikes, scooters, skate boards, electric cars and ball game and squeeling, giggling boys and girls.

And I must not forget to mention the birds. They sing and chatter from early morning to nightfall. A pair of finches built a nest behind a shutter on the front of our house and I can see two tiny heads in it. Every time Tiger goes outside, the parent finches get very nervous and follow him around fussing loudly. And I can hear a woodpecker working in the woods behind my neighbors’ house. Unfortunately, the black bear is still making occasional appearances, so we can’t have bird feeders out to attract more birds. And with the destruction of our small woods last fall, there are fewer squirrels. I miss their chatter.

Anyway, life on the Hill is great and I wish Spring could last all year!