So officially spring has sprung; but what tells us that this is true? What does spring mean to us? In Italy there is a proverb: “One swallow doesn’t mean it is spring”; in the UK the proverb is almost the same except that the swallows proclaim it to be summer. The birds take a while to fly north waiting to follow the increasing insect populations that provide the food for their young.
Returning to the idea of spring I was thinking that it was the first appearance of a particular flower that convinced me spring had arrived. When I lived in the UK is certainly was a flower. To me daffodils WERE spring, but in Italy because of the lack of long cold winters where I live the daffodils often appear at the same time as tulips.
Spring is the moment of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth so I think that for me, now, it isn’t a flower but much more the fact that the garden and the surrounding countryside is becoming freshly green that lifts my spirits and makes me believe that Spring has truly Sprung!
In winter many of the fields are green but not in a new, bright fresh way they are now. Everywhere in the garden new shoots are pushing through the soil, new foliage is opening even on evergreen shrubs giving them a new rejuvenated appearance.
Yes it is FOLIAGE that makes it spring, not a flower at all. For this Garden Bloggers Foliage Day let me share with you some of the ‘greens’ that make it “spring”!
What makes it spring for you? Is it flowers? Is it the Foliage? Or one particular favourite plant that whispers in your ear that spring has arrived?
…..and if you’re in the southern hemisphere I haven’t forgotten that it isn’t spring where you are but I’m sure you will forgive us longing for longer days and for our gardens to once again begin their cycle! But we’d still love to know about the foliage in your garden as you slip into autumn.
You are very welcome to join in GBFD, just write your post and link it to your comment here, thank you.