Sunday, May 26, 2013

Spring Day

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This rose grows beside the back door, in an unruly and leggy shrub that threatens to swallow the sidewalk.  It is copious with thorns like needles.  You need a suit of armor to prune it, but I pruned it, hard, and it came back the next year meaner than ever, taller and leggier than before.  I’m a little afraid of it.  But oh my, those blooms smell divine.  They have the scent that other flowers wish they had.  This thing never lets me forget that it is a rose.  In two weeks, these blooms will be full of amorous and starving Japanese beetles and by then my attention will be on the peonies anyway, but right now, today, I can’t walk past this deadly thing, in spite of its clawing branches, without giving it a good hearty sniff. 

I’ve got a new quilt in the works now, too.  These brisk spring sunshine-y days are perfect for quilts.  A quilt is kind of a warm weather thing to me, I don’t know, I just want to spread one on the grass underneath the fireworks. 

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