Thursday, 4 June 2015

Second Spring.

We are very lucky.   We had our first spring down in Aldeburgh.   The May blossom was fully out on the hawthorn, all the trees were in full leaf, lilac, laburnum and wisteria were magnificent and buttercups were in full flow.

We came home to an almost wintry landscape by comparison.   But the last few warm(ish) days have made a difference.   Now the May blossom is bursting forth, as is the cow parsley.   On my way to the physiotherapist this morning I passed a huge bank of ox eye daisies, the fields are yellow over with buttercups - Spring has sprung.

This meant that when I set off down the lane this morning, en route for my physiotherapist, I had only one thing on my mind.   Were the purple orchids in flower?   Yes, indeed they were; not as many as last year but a goodly number and a joy to look at - they seem so exotic in such ordinary surroundings.

I stopped, making sure there was nothing coming either way, and took a quick picture - only two orchids in the shot, but there are many more round about.   They are my private signal that Spring has arrived - don't care what the weatherman says about June 1st being the first day of Summer meteorologically, Summer doesn;t come here until June 21st and the Spring flowers are all in bloom.
So Spring it stays for another  seventeen days.

13 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

so lucky to have orchids...I love them!

Mac n' Janet said...

We're just back from vacation and I got caught up on your blog, glad to hear that spring has finally arrived.

jinxxxygirl said...

I like to make Spring last as long as possible... :) But i'm afraid summer has arrived here in Arkansas...The temps getting into the upper 80's with high humidity...uuughh... I'm ready for Fall.. you can keep summer...lol My first summer in Arkansas...thankfully we've had it mild so far so i really can't complain.. Living in TX and CA summer can start in March and last until Halloween (OCt) thats not so fun since i'm a Fall,Winter,Spring kinda gal...Enjoy you last 17 days of Spring Weaver!! Wild orchids ... amazing! Hugs! deb

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Great news up there, we are buttercup-licious here at the moment, when I'm next able to run along the Trent there will be meadows like spilt paint pots.

Joanne Noragon said...

What a beautiful flower! You care absolutely correct; summer is June 21st.

angryparsnip said...

So special, this year two springs.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

Those orchids are so lovely and look wonderful against the lush green grasses and leaves.

Frances said...

I do like your way of measuring seasonal change. Those orchids are little beauties. How wonderful to have "a place" that they call home. It is also quite generous of them to have a late spring open house.

Best wishes.

Sue said...

We have an abundance of purple pyramidal orchids in the meadows and roadside verges. They are quite stunning.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to everyone. I love Si's description of the meadows. It paints a lovely image.

Devon said...

They are just beautiful.. what a special treat. Everything is so lush and green in your world! I think I was born in the wrong country!!!

donna baker said...

Late spring here, but two springs and wild orchids? I can't top that on my fifty acre wood.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Ah, we all have our own signals, don't we? Glad your Spring has arrived in full bloom. Enjoy.