The Phases Of Spring
The first phase is when the plants stop looking tired.
Then buds begin to appear. The flowers of bulbs.
Then the first rose or two opens, a bit oddly shaped because it's still cold off and on, but they have rich, deep color.
Then we wait, because the weather cools again to enable us to worry about disease on those pristine new leaves.
Suddenly we realize how alive everything seems. The Clematis shoot up out of the ground like rockets.
The Ranunculus peak.
There is an Iris.
The first cornflower.
Then every other rose has a flower, or two.
Then the roses really start, a dozen or more on nearly every plant.
That is the phase which is my favorite, before the beautiful mulch I have meticulously laid out, the receiving blanket for baby Spring, becomes covered with rose petals. That moment when all is beauty, but the very best is yet to come.