Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Long Drawn Out Pleasures

GBBD.Feb15In deepest February
Those months
Between leaf drop
And spring
May seem to drag
May chill our hearts
May make us yearn
For warmer days
And sun.
But pause awhile….
If,
In our anxiety
For weeks to pass
By swift and fast,
We fail to see,
To appreciate,
The glowing embers of
Darker days…
We would miss
The fragrance of
Sarcococca,
Winter honeysuckle,
The amethyst cyclamen
Jewels,
The striking
Vibrant spears
Of crocus,
But most of all
The triple crown,
The long drawn out pleasures
From bud to flower,
The growing expectation
And then the joy
Of witch hazel
Snowdrop
And hellebore…
They are welcome to tarry –
And spring can wait…

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20 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Long Drawn Out Pleasures

  1. AnnetteM says:

    Wonderful and so true. Lovely words.

  2. Val says:

    There is more beauty in winter than most people realise or seem aware of. To me each season holds it’s own moods and unique beauties if only we can truly see them. Thank you for this lovely post and a good reminder for those who find it difficult to recognize the lovely elements of each season and how much is missed when we do not live in the” now” in a mindful way.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes Val, and blogging has made me even more aware of this. Thank YOU though for relating my poem to to the concept of mindfulness as that is something I feel very strongly about.

  3. Witch hazel may tarry, but winter, winter, go away soon! (biting cold and bitter, blowing snow/don’t make up for the promise of spring.)

  4. Lea says:

    Very nice!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea

  5. Tina says:

    You do have some lovelies in the winter to enjoy.

  6. Chloris says:

    A lovely poem and I agree with the sentiments. I don’t want to rush the season on, I love February, it is an exciting month in the garden.

    • Cathy says:

      I realise this more and more Chloris – perhaps in proportion to the increase in the number of snowdrops, witch hazels and hellebores I have…? 😉

  7. Ann says:

    Thank you

  8. Anna says:

    So eloquently said Cathy. This time of year is full of anticipation yet at the same time we can pause to really appreciate what is in flower. Before long it will be all systems go and no time to just stand and stare.

  9. Lovely Helleborus in the rich shade of pink. I’ve only grown the white and green, which are lovely, but I’m tempted by seeing the deep wine shades. I’ve got to branch out a little! Meanwhile, on other fronts, the camellia bushes are putting forth the riches red triple petal buds. They are stunning and worth waiting for…It is an exciting time in the garden, if you listen you can hear the life stirring….

  10. rickii says:

    A lovely reminder to appreciate the moment.

  11. Christina says:

    Perfect Cathy – the journey is more important than the arrival. Yes, it is!

  12. rusty duck says:

    Strangely, this year, I have appreciated February and its treasures. Perhaps because it has been sunnier and felt more springlike in itself. One thing is for sure, when Spring proper arrives the speed of the clock will increase several fold.

  13. Helen Johnstone says:

    What a nice approach to the meme, makes a nice change

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Helen – it seems ages since I have done a poem – and I felt I had talked about the witch hazels and snowdrops and hellebores enough to fill another post with them!

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