Spring 2015 is emerging with the hope and renewal of a season more mild than last year. Nature teaches us that patience is more that a virtue, but a deep sense of belief that life willcontinue on. In Michigan, the quiet of winter brings forth time to reflect, take inventory and plan the landscapes for the upcoming season. There was less desiccation and die back on broadleaf evergreens, deciduous shrubs and ornamental trees than 2014; the harshest winter in nearly a century. They were however, fodder for the deer in woodland and prairie locations if left unprotected.

Crocus, Galanthus ‘Snow Drops’ and Winter Aconite are in full bloom soon to be followed by daffodils and tulips; all of which can weather the extreme fluctuations in springtime temperatures. From the large to even the tiniest, threatened and quite rare Snow Trillium ‘Trillium Nivale’ currently in bloom in the wild, (check out Sageimages.com, a close family members collection of nature photography) they serve as a reminder that creation is a self-sustaining ecological system where death provides the means for new life. Summer 2014 ended with destructive storms in August and ended with a double rainbow. Spring 2015 opened with gentle rains on April 10th and those observant enough to see, a full arch rainbow in it’s midst.

Happy Spring!