This was a long winter, even by Maine standards. Spring comes late this far north. Late March through April is Mud Season. In May the grass turns green overnight and everything starts blooming all at once. We hit 79F degrees on Sunday, which was the best Mother's Day gift. A walk at Popham Beach was in order (saving those photos for another week.) It was so nice to be welcomed home to wild violets in the garden and cut roses from my family. The azaleas are budding too.
The first to bloom in our White Pine shaded yard is always the forsythia, but usually that happens in late April, not May. There were fewer buds and the rhodies are half dead due to the unusually harsh and snowy winter, I believe. Any advice on how to resuscitate browning rhodies?
Daffodils are floral sunshine.
The magnolias in Bowdoin College's quad are at peak bloom. Can those be new leaves on the trees?
Soon the wildflowers in our woods will burst into bloom. Only Scout is missing the snow. Happy Spring!
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Next week I'll be on Monhegan Island for a solitary writing and art retreat, researching my WIP.
Next post Wednesday May 28th.
Vacation Question: after several years off, the car ferry is running again from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. My husband and I are planning a week long anniversary trip this summer, bringing the car. Any tips on where to stay and what to see?