I’ve seen three stages of spring in the last 24 hours. San Francisco, CA is in the thick of it–flowers & trees are blooming up a storm. Chicago was 29 and covered with snow when I flew through there early yesterday morning, so you folks are holding out for the season to please hurry up and change. And arriving home to Nashville yesterday, I noticed the landscape was significantly greener with specks of yellow and lilac on our little side of the hill. Long awaited spring has finally arrived in middle Tennessee!
The daffodils pop up along the driveway with their yellow faces foreshadowing sunny days ahead. And even though they may be weeds, the purple and white flowers on these guys sure are a welcomed sight after the icy winter we had here in Nashville.
It grows on the ground.
On the trees.
On the rocks.
And on the roots.
It’s probably there all winter, but when the temperatures rise and we get a little rain, it seems to turn more brilliant shades of green. From emerald to chartreuse and of course Kelly green. Well maybe not quite that one, but it’s the obligatory green at our house! Our little neck of the woods has a lot of shade because the sun comes up behind the ridge, so moss thrives out here. For centuries, the Japanese have used it in their gardens for lushness and a sense of serenity and I understand why. I’m drawn to the color green more than any other because for me, it’s a sign of life and seeing all this green this time of year inspires me to put the gray past behind and move forward to new days ahead.
On cool, misty, gray mornings like this one was and seeing all the moss, it makes me think of Ireland or Scotland. We’ve never been to either, but our friends Pat and Pamela Terry have and they say it’s stunning! Pat is one of Charlie’s songwriting partners of many years and though his song, “Someplace Green” isn’t necessarily about moss, it sure does capture the sentiment of the need we all have at times to be exactly that-someplace green. Where simple life full of love matters most and feeds the soul.
Pat is a great writer and artist and not to be missed if you get a chance to see him live. His website is www.patterryonline.com and you can pick up your own copy of his CD ‘Laugh For A Million Years’ which has his song “Someplace Green “.
And one final sign of spring…Jerry says it’s time to re-stain the deck! Here’s to green.