Thursday, April 13, 2006

spring is...

Pieris Japonica - in new leaf.

This particular variety is Mountain Fire. It also has flowers – stems of white blossoms that look like lily of the valley.

During the few weeks the leaves are so brilliant it feels like a glowing presence is just outside the window, warming cold damp dull spring days, like today - which doesn’t feel like spring at all, but like winter has returned (and it has in the mountain passes, where we’ll be driving tomorrow)

Gradually the red fades to orange, to peach, to pale green, to regular green. The shrub is an evergreen so it keeps its leaves through the winter.

Now to all who read here, have a blessed Easter weekend!


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