Clouds, then Sun!

Clouds, then Sun!
purple iris flowers

Over 5-1/2 hours more light since the winter solstice, now. These are the longest days. Days of sun and days of rain.

The spring leaves have grown lush and full, the summer canopy, arching over the streets. Lilacs are blooming, and there are buds on the peonies.

This is the season of irises. They come in a wide variety of colors, from deep purple to delicate tints of blue and peach. Is it almost a dream, the sweep of late-spring colors, the irises in the dappled sunlight, the bleeding hearts and columbines blooming under the trees.

This changing weather–Cool and rainy, yesterday. Wet grass, and wet socks. Jackets one day, t-shirts the next. Furnace coming on overnight. Then one morning and opening windows. Then, turn on the air-conditioning.

The first heat wave of the season, and people were out everywhere, celebrating like the virus was over. Celebrating like peace in Ukraine. Celebrating like there’s no such things as hate crimes or war crimes, or the crisis of climate change. Or maybe these cares were forgotten, just for a moment.

Was it a dream? What color were the iris flowers?

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  • Thank you, especially for the lovely news about irises. My mother had a bed of them in our garden, but it took seeing Van Gogh's painted irises for me truly to enjoy the real thing. What color, indeed! Maybe it was the single white one that Vincent showed.

    Thank you for helping me to enjoy the weather as it comes.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you so much! Yes, I was thinking about Van Gogh's irises, too. Such beauty!

  • For a fleeting moment
    I'll forget the throes
    Of war and viruses.
    I'll study the rose
    And the beauty of irises.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That's lovely. Thanks.

  • That's wonderful! Thank you so much, AW.

  • This weather has us all confused, especially the 80s one day and then the 50s for a week, combined with "was it all a dream?" or is this abnormal?

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you, Jack. Yes, there was one day of just about perfect weather--it was like a dream.
    I think we are seeing extremes of changing climate, even here. Meanwhile tornado watches in PA, NJ, MD, WV, VA and DE--and tornados in Michigan!

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. I hate to be confused alone! I am just thinking "Which five minutes of the day do I want to dress for?"

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    What to wear is sort of my least concern.

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