May 23, 2017

The Verdant Days of Spring

Janine Pineo Photo | The greenery is busting out all over at home.

Janine Pineo Photo | The greenery is busting out all over at home.

Janine Pineo Photo | A chartreuse tree against the blue sky in Pittsfield.

Janine Pineo Photo | A chartreuse tree against the blue sky in Pittsfield.

• By Janine Pineo •

I wonder how many times in my life I have said, “This is an odd spring.”

It wouldn’t surprise me if I said it nearly every year. This year turns out to be no exception.

Between Thursday night and Friday morning, everything popped. It was like a green bomb had gone off across my town and as I made my way to the Fedco Tree Sale, I saw that it was true through the heart of Maine, too.

The chartreuse of those baby leaves that have emerged from their buds never ceases to amaze me. From the green of the rapidly darkening grass to the unending shades of green for every tree and bush, it was a welcome sight on Friday to have color erupting from the earth once again.

Janine Pineo Photo | a couple of pansies popped up in the hayfield, which has rapidly turned green.

Janine Pineo Photo | a couple of pansies popped up in the hayfield, which has rapidly turned green.

Just two weeks before we were getting snow. Yes, snow. The greenery seems to have happened so fast.

Sort of like the tadpoles. They, too, appeared overnight up in Tadpole Gulch. The black-dotted batch had hatched along with the leaves.

I am not sure about the white-dotted eggs. I wonder what odd thing will come along when they pop out into the world and say howdy.

Janine Pineo Photo | Even the tadpoles are surrounded by green.

Janine Pineo Photo | Even the tadpoles are surrounded by green.