28 February 2012

the fragrant season begins

  The daphne are beginning to open up - the most telling fragrance of spring to me, as it is among the earliest to catch the nose. We had one all my life in our front yard, and that fragrance was always a wonder in the waning of winter. We're actually hitting a very cool stretch here this year, with 'white rain' (wet snowflakes) falling - but it cannot stop time, nor stop the aroma.

Curiously enough, I believe the daphne in my folks' yard died out in the past year or so; the last I looked no sign could be seen of it. After fifty years and more, I suppose a plant can do that!

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