Spring has sprung in New York, when the weather is above 50 degrees and the little portable vestibules outside the doors of restaurants, come down and get stored away for next year. Until then, there are still bitter cold nights and lots griping about how long winter has lasted. And then, expected, yet always surprising, the long, beautiful spring starts in March and travels thru July – week-by-week different flowers appearing in gardens and bursting out on the trees before the leaves unfold. The little portable vestibules are replaced by outdoor tables and chairs on the sidewalks.
During the winter, the front and back garden of the house where I lived were flat and brown with naked bushes and trees, but in March the shoots began rising green from the earth and there were buds on the trees. And then for months the flowers came in waves – tulips, daffodils, irises, daisies, zinnias, gladiolas, daylilies, sweet potato flowers – the clematis vines and the passion flower vines flowered – the huge peony and hydrangea bushes flowered like fireworks and the Datona Trumpet tree grew drooping orange flowers. A grape vine came back to live as well as a wisteria with that intoxicating scent. The blank dirt back yard became overgrown with just a little winding path to the back where the mulch container was kept. Every warm day, I set a chair in the middle of the path and worked there, invisible surrounded by nature. Who would think that living in New York could be like that.
It’s grand weather until August, when there are two or three weeks of high temperatures – meaning somewhere about 95 degrees and heavy humidity that Texans live with eight months out of the year. And then comes fall, another beautiful, shorter season. This time, the colors of the leaves replace the beauty of the flowers in the spring.