I’ve been whining a bit lately about how all the early pollen around here is hitting my allergies hard. It hasn’t been that cold a winter for us, so I’m not in a super rush for the heat. And if you’ve read my blog for a while, or know me, you’ll know I’m not a gardener (Actually, imagine the furthest opposite possible from a gardener—that’s me!), so I’m not waiting for my flowers to bloom or my fruit trees to…fruit.
Anyway, all this seems fairly petty and narrow-minded when so many people are up to their eaves in snow. So, in celebration of Spring and in happy anticipation of the season, here are five things I like about spring.
1. Shorts and bare feet.
2. Scotch broom. I know–Scotch broom is one of the worst contributors to my allergies. I know—it’s not a native plant and it’s taken over. I know—I supposedly don’t care about flowers blooming. But there’s something about driving up our little road, lined with all this bright yellow, that’s just seriously cheerful.
3. Warm patches in the house where sunlight has streamed through the window and heated up the floor just enough.
4. The pull to put on my running shoes and head out for a slow, gentle jog on the creek trail.
5. The occasional madly-peeping, so-tiny-as-to-be-invisible frog (toad?) going at it outside a window.
All this is coming, and-yes-it makes the itchy eyes worth it. Hang on, everybody, the snow has to melt, and the skies have to clear. And with all this Winter wet, it’s going to be some kind of Spring!
And just for a little, uplifting proof…this is our dogwood:
I know, it looks nothing like dogwoods back east, but this is what we get in California! Pretty bare, right?
Look closer. Yep, in a few weeks those buds will be little white flowers, and the rest of the branches will be covered in green leaves. Really!