What Miracles Under the Leaves?

February 23, 2014

“What miracles are going on here under the leaves, or an inch or two under the ground!  What awakenings, what shooting of first sprouts!  What an important service dead leaves render — every plant tucked up so tenderly!”
— John Burroughs, from The Heart of Burrough’s Journals, edited by Clara Barrus, March 4, 1865

Emerging tulips

Emerging tulips

I am looking for some miracles as we go through these final weeks of winter.  Any new, emerging growth is cause for celebration — the first spikes of green, the curly brain-like leaves of rhubarb, the shock of crocus colors.

New rhubarb.  (Time to finish up the frozen rhubarb from last year.)

New rhubarb. (Time to finish up the frozen rhubarb from last year.)

Colorful crocuses

Colorful crocuses

Shelf fungus on a stump

Shelf fungus on a stump

Spikes of tulips

Spikes of tulips

Watercolor sketch of emerging tulips

Watercolor sketch of emerging tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to “What Miracles Under the Leaves?”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I remember the excitement of seeing the tulips emerge. As I recall, the forsythia and pussy willows were first, then the tulips. I don’t think we had crocus – I’m sure we didn’t. And other flowers, like narcissus, were always forced indoors.

    Well, it’s almost March, and I was barefoot at work two days last week! Spring’s a-coming!

    • Rosemary Says:

      The pussy willows are out here, but I haven’t seen forsythia yet. The annual tulip extravaganza in the Skagit Valley is not until April, so these sprouting shoots seem early for tulips.

  2. Elisa Says:

    Green poking green!! Yay!!

  3. kittybluhm Says:

    Just beautiful! (Ours are now thickly blanketed in white)


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