because the rest of the understory vegetation hasn’t caught up yet, rogue raspberry canes are currently stealing the show right now. thickets of older canes are still wearing white bloom on their blue-red canes making dusty rose colored cross-hatched domes that the baby green leaves complement but do not yet hide. each mound of volunteer canes looking like a lesson in sustainable architecture. i gathered these younger canes, carefully with leather gloves, assuming they would be supple and make a fine little wreath. they didn’t want to bend. the wanted to snap. just like my seventeen year old.
raspberry canes in spring
a pretty palette
ask on any day what attracts me to certain STILL subjects and i will murmur something about “sometimes it’s form, sometimes it’s color, sometimes it’s texture, sometimes it’s all of these, and sometimes it’s none of those but rather the negative space between the subjects”. today, i was attracted to color. my mom has been in and out of the hospital lately, and she also recently turned 85. as a result, she has received dozens of floral arrangements (we have a large family). i keep telling her, “mom, don’t throw those away when they are done, just pass them along to me.” today’s remnants were particularly pretty i thought.
spent flower petals
take a look at these periwinkle flowers . . . you’re smiling, aren’t you? me too.
common periwinkle (Vinca minor)
we had an early warm spell, which got everything all frisky, including the warblers, the squirrels, and the trees, and then . . . no. the cool air returned for another three (!) weeks. the poor oaks and maples are in an extended state of arousal that looks, frankly, painful. i wish them sunshine, and the relief they crave.
what color are you?
in the book The Artist’s Way, author Julia Cameron asks “what color best describes you?” while talking about that question over a glass of wine beside the fire with my bestie and my husband, i answered “new growth green.” not because i love it so much…but because it’s so hopeful. so full of potential. enthusiastic. almost naïve. my husband thought about it for a while and said “nope. sky blue.” because… and my best friend agreed with him. so what do i know? well, you know what i know? i know that i like “new growth green,” and my husband and my best friend can suck it.
daylily leaves in april