My reward (at least that's what I'm telling myself) for enduring the long, harsh winter, is that my Magnolia bush is blooming like crazy. It's a little odd looking - it has no leaves; not 1 single leaf - but it must have 2 dozen beautiful pinkish-purple blooms. Now, just having a thriving magnolia bush is quite an accomplishment for this part of the country. But to have one in blooming splendor is almost a miracle. I suppose that even though the weather was extremely snowy, we didn't have day after day of sub-zero temperatures like in recent winters past. Luckily, I planted it in a very sheltered spot, so it doesn't have to withstand the howling North winds that come along with Montana winters. Its' beautiful blossoms are fragrant as a bottle of high-dollar perfume. My other flower bed plants are also well on their way to becoming the beautiful show of color I've come to expect. So maybe, just maybe, all of the snow that laid on top the ground for months had a purpose after all. A purpose other than to make me nearly crazy with cabin fever, that is.
Maybe I'll have to re-think my dislike of winter and loathing of dozens of inches of snow. If that's what caused my Magnolia to be stunning and my flower bed plants to hop out of the ground almost overnight, then I guess I have to give winter its due.
Thankfully Montana is a state that enjoys all 4 seasons, even if, as we say, spring may be only a few days long. The rivers are running high already from record snow melt. Baby calves are frolicking in fields all over the area. Farmers are busy tilling and planting. The rest of us are enjoying our outdoor spaces. Soon some will lament the 'hot' weather (which is hardly hot compared to the southwest). While I enjoy the warmer weather, I'll try to remember not to whine that it's 'too hot' for I know it will be only a matter of a few very short months before we'll be overcome by the inevitable Montana winter again.
For now, I'm going to enjoy my Maggie (Magnolia) blooming with a cup of coffee on my front porch. Blessings to you all.
And, don't forget to stop and take in all the wonders of spring around you.