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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Springing To Life

With balmy temperatures in the mid seventies last week, the Bradford Pear trees are showing off their Spring blooms, in complete contrast against today's lingering grey skies.



Spring the Sweet Spring.

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king,
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!

~Thomas Nashe (1600)

19 comments:

Sharon said...

Ah, yes, to witta-woo!

It's starting to think about getting pretty out there now, isn't it? Now, for some sunshine!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos and post.
I cant wait till our blossom tree is in full force it has beautiful tiny pinkish red flowers. Have a great day !

Deb said...

"Wow! That is beautiful.

Star said...

I love the Bradford pear trees here. I don't think we have those in England, do we? If we do, I've never noticed them before.

George said...

We see many beautiful Bradford Pears in bloom when we get down off the Plateau, but we haven't seen too many in bloom up here yet.

DJan said...

The crocuses are up here, too! Daffys beginning to open... Yayy, spring!

Theanne and Baron said...

An old wife who does a-sunning sit...that's me! The pear tree is marvelous! And the words so full of spring!

ann said...

The pear trees are beautiful.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very inviting picture. have a good day !

maggie's garden said...

I love Bradford pears...the white flowers . Thanks for giving me something to look forward to.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love Bradford Pear trees, but unfortunately the one we had blew over in a storm, which is something they are famous for--But even with that, I still think they are one of the prettiest trees in the spring!

Betsy said...

Oh how lovely! Pear trees have such a nice shape, too.

Deanna said...

Oh so pretty!!!
I can't wait till our spring has sprung.

God richly bless you,
d

A Dancing Mango said...

Awee.. what a lovely photo and poem, yes, Spring is somewhere but not here in Wisconsin. We have snow banks so high.. melting slowly. Yet with cold tempertures.
burrr'.. I love coming her to warm up! ♥ Darlene

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Just beautiful. I love spring!

I'd love you to pop by my blog today - I'd be interested in your opinion on today's English topic.

Barbara Anne said...

Lovely! Our Bradford pears are not in full bloom yet but the forsythia and plum tree are glorious.

Hugs!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes, the Bradford Pears are really showing off now in your area and in North Georgia... Ours haven't bloomed yet up here --but it won't be long!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

martymom said...

Nature surely knows how to make a beautiful world. Thank you for your wonderful photos and poems.

Snapper II said...

The Bradford Pear trees are beautiful, great shots. I don't think I've ever paid much attention to the blooms, I like that photo.