“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
This quotation has been a favorite of mine for many years. It springs to mind when I see a Summer night sky filled with sparkling stars, but surprisingly, it also seems fitting when I see blossoming trees in Spring.
This is the time of year in Vancouver when wave after wave of blooming trees appear. The very first flowering cherries shyly peeked out early in January, a particularly hardy strain of trees that is planted along Pacific in Vancouver, near the beach. This week I noticed an ornamental Plum blossoming warmly in my neighbour’s garden.
The rhododendrons, dogwoods and magnolias are busily fattening up their huge, complicated buds, getting ready for their big show in a just few short weeks. Soon they will all be a riot of colour, in full bloom… once more bringing to mind Longfellow’s “meadows of heaven”.
Clockwise from clasp: “Small Flower Lock”, “White Pearl”, “Unique”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Desert Rose”, “Unique”, “Engraved Romance”, “Arabian Hare”, “Crown Chakra”, “Unique”, “Scirocco”, “Large Berry”, “Rose Quartz”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Christmas Rose”, “Desert Rose”, “Unique”, “White Pearl”.