Friday, March 20, 2009
Springtime in the Mountains
Spring in the mountains is a gradual process unlike in the North when winter lingers and spring comes in a rush and then it's over. Spring here is a gentle unfolding of smells, blooms and warmth and I savor every moment.
The North Carolina mountains are unique in that this is the upper most region for southern plants and the southern most region for northern plants - we have double the blooms for months on end.
It begins in February when the snowdrops poke through the frozen ground, followed by crocuses, daffodils, jonquils, Lenten roses and others. Violets are coloring the mountains where I live now and forsythia line the driveway with a brilliant yellow.
Bradford pear trees, looking like frothy Easter eggs shower white blossoms in the breeze. Cherry trees with wispy pink branches bloom next. The hillsides are colored with delicate peach, pink, white and mauve. The deciduous trees are budding and blooming - a softer version of fall but all the more beautiful after a bare bleak winter.