And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley*
The Flowers video by Jamie Scott captures Spring in bloom using time-lapse photography.
*Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822) lived his short life on the wild side, and the political and social views expressed in his poetry were considered radical in the early 19th century. It all resulted in expulsion from Oxford, alienation of his father, financial and marital difficulties, and limited appeal of his creative work. However, his popularity grew following his death, and Shelley is now regarded as one of the finest lyric poets in the English language and one of the most influential to generations of poets. In 1838, Shelly’s poetry was first published as a collection edited by his widow. The 1914 edited collection by Thomas Hutchinson attempts to restore the poetry to its original text, and is available here to read free-of-charge in digital format (courtesy of The Internet Archive).
Wikipedia: Percy Bysshe Shelley and poets.org
Blooms and Buds, National Park Foundation blog article (March 10, 2017) – Where to find spring flowers in US National Parks
In Texas, you know it’s Spring when you spot the first bluebonnet, and taking a long drive “to see the bluebonnets” is a long-standing tradition
The Chrysanthemum, Royal Queen of Fall,
is a flower with history and purpose
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