Long-time readers of Perspectives know that we sometimes write about inspiring or interesting subjects we discover while on our walks in the country near our home, and today was one of those moments. Our weather is extremely variable, so warm days in March and April are not unusual. However, this makes it hard to tell when winter ends and spring begins most years. But today, we knew that spring has officially arrived with the blooming of the first Narcissus in the forest.
We are exceptionally fortunate to have Brian, a world-class plantsman, living next door. Over the years he has quietly been planting these beautiful bulbs on both of our adjoining properties. While most everything else in nature is still sleeping, these jovial little blooms have the entire dance floor to themselves. What a simple, yet joyful thing it is to see their bright yellow heads nodding in the warm morning air, signaling to all of us that it is time to shed our winter blues. We wrote in Perspectives No. 259 – Glowing Embers, “. . . winter is the time when we need to draw deeply on our inner resources and sense of purpose as artists.” Now, as we have drawn down that particular bank account, we are ready to be filled again with the energies of nature.
Brian has generously sprinkled these daffodils along the driveways, peppered the open meadows with random clumps and even made large rings around some of the biggest trees here and there. His investment of time and energy is solely to bring beauty and delight to the eye. No matter that these little yellow and white lanterns won’t last long—their very presence in the landscape is reason enough to have them, and we celebrate their appearance with flower portraits each year. What a luxury it is to have fresh cut flowers in the studio! And once again, nature, has used her light touch to inspire us just when we need it most.
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–John & Ann