Spring’s Beauty in Midtown Montgomery

By on 30 April, 2014 in Karren Pell, Outdoors with 0 Comments

2014-03-24 09.17.24I usually write about events in the midtown area, but this time instead of writing about what is happening, I am writing about what just is. I am writing about the natural beauty of this area. Just look around you. Just take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are.

Spring is a gorgeous season in midtown Montgomery. Look at the blooms bursting, hear the birds singing, and feel the balmy breeze — a treat for the senses. The plants follow their own timeline. First out are the brave tulip trees with their fleshy orchid petals — I have seen them die in a late frost. Soon after comes the white lace of the Bradford Pear trees. Even when the blossoms fall from the branches, they still add glory to our everyday reality by covering sidewalks in snowy beauty. Then the daffodils arrive — they are so cherry — nodding those little yellow faces.

All those beauties are gone now, but others have arrived to take their place. Roses seem to be very happy right now. I put out an ivory rose two years ago and for some reason it is ivory on one branch and pink on the other. I’ve noticed a lot of red roses about and some red that has a purplish tint. The irises look great this year: white, purple, even some exotic brown & lavender. I love the way they rise up from the garden bed — tall and strong. The azaleas were not as showy this year, and that rain storm shortened their stay, but some bushes are still glowing with that pink we all love. Most Japanese Maples are leafed out by now and flaunting different shades of red and green. My candy tuff was especially gorgeous this year–spreading like a purple blanket over my bank. Now, I did have a friend tell me it was not Candy Tuff, but something called “Thrift.” What fun is that? The dogwoods are always out for Easter — their petals symbolic of the Christian season. However, the other Easter flower, the lily, always misses Easter — mine are not even budded yet. Gorgeous plants are not limited to gardens — Sinclairs always has a wonderful variety of plants and flowers in its containers, and lots of stores have a large container or two full of blooms.

So put down that cell phone and just take a moment to look around you. Someone took time and energy to make your reality beautiful. Notice and enjoy!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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