Amidst the mad rush of a Monday morning school run, I pause. Just around the corner from the parking lot, spring is happening, unnoticed by the harried parents.

Oh, the guilty luxury of ten spare minutes.

I am greeted by a lawn full of burgundy red and white fritillarias , with their exquisitely patterned snake skins (whoever called them “checkered” lilies?!):

… And the delicate spring snowflakes with their lime-touched cheeks:

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… And the ubiquitous Queen Anne’s Lace – whoever cares to pause for this one?!

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… And burkwood viburnum – I nearly mistake it for a daphne from a distance, so eager am I to spot one in a Dutch landscape!

… And a Tatarian Honesuckle bush:

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… And a redflower currant – I lightly touch the leaves and the smell of high summer lingers on my fingers:

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… And something I am not sure about – it could be a serviceberry, my PlantSnap app suggests (what’s in a name?!):

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… And these tuber anemones growing on a narrow green strip dividing two lanes of a busy through road – at 50 miles an hour, they don’t stand a chance:

The water hens are busy making a nest. A watchful heron is the only breathing thing not in a hurry:

My ten minutes up, I must re-join the busy-ness of the morning.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Ten minutes of spring by the parking lot

  1. where is this patch of fritallaria?? MY FAVORITE flower!!!

    On Mon, 15 Apr 2019 at 22:02, My roots and bulbs wrote:

    > Katya de Graaf posted: “Amidst the mad rush of a Monday morning school > run, I pause. Just around the corner from the parking lot, spring is > happening, unnoticed by the harried parents. Oh, the guilty luxury of ten > spare minutes. I am greeted by a lawn full of burgundy red and ” >

    1. Aren’t they lovely?! Just in a little park across the street from the European school 😀 In the four years that I have been doing these school runs, this is the first time I notice them there!

  2. What beautiful flowers and such an array for this early in spring. Isn’t it sad that we miss so much of life and beauty by always rushing. Thank you for the reminder to slow down.

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