Have you noticed that things seem to be changing, almost evolving before our very eyes? When I was still in school, many years ago, one of my simple summer pleasures was spending time wandering the woods and pastures on my parents’ land. I meandered down by the creek, followed cow paths, and knew where to find wild flowers in the spring, berries in summer, wintergreen berries in the fall – things in season.
Now I’m noticing that some things seem to be available at different times than fifty years ago. The violets that a relative gave me to plant a few years ago bloomed at their usual time, but the wild forget-me-nots that I remember blossoming in the hot summer sun of my youth were blooming at the same time.
This past weekend, I was on a photography shoot with my camera club, and I noticed buttercups flowering – another delightful flower from my summer wanderings. One more earlier-bloomer is my lilacs; late May used to be their time, but now they are all done with flowering by the middle of the month.
Plants like daisies and brown-eyed-Susan also seem to bloom much earlier than the late summer I remember. The plus of that is that they seem to bloom for a long time, too, so how much fun is that?
Today, I noticed that my chives are in full bloom, and the sage plant by the back door is budded (herbs). So I guess it’s time to plan tonight’s supper and add some fresh flavor from the garden!
Would love to have your comments on this – what is your experience?