Early May nature diary
May has a childish magic. Sitting at our garden table, a little blue butterfly fell like a cherry blossom across my lunch.
The following day, in a tantrum, the greenery was split by a raindrop running down the window with a shiver. Two wood pigeons were kissing in the rain waiting for May to make up its mind. Then, bang, it arrives in a crescendo of sunshine.
The come-lately bluebells now have the pallor of washing soda, spotted with a nosebleed from the camellia turning its thoughts to glossy new leaves unfurling. Each sunny day a Russian doll unwrapping the disbelief that it really is summer at last. When, suddenly, two weeks into May, some welcome rain arrives to freshen the garden after a run of warm swimming days, blue sky and sun on skin.
The rain is welcomed by a profusion of apple blossom full of the blush of Eden. The cherry blossom, that was outshining the garlic, is threadbare – an electric fire no longer needed. The garlic, once a cool carpet, full of bravado, will be yellowing soon. On its throne, the acer, in all its lace finery, is blushing at the sheer impudence of it all.
Then May, full of ambivalence, is wearing its favourite winter jumper! A bit grey but with some coloured threads scratched out by the kitten of spring. May, maybe this or maybe that, and one is still unsure if summer will start to glow after the blossoms of late April have settled.
In all innocence, the dandelion clocks are following a Pied Piper breeze, landing on the Fennel that is singing softly in a deep baritone aroma.
All along Mumbles Head, the trees are erupting from bud in an assurance that the new pastures of the sky are here to stay. The cricketers in Underhill park are convinced and have started a summer’s innings.
On Langland, the jolly red and yellow lifeguards are back with their flags and boards. How welcome they are after a winter of swimming all alone, eyeball to eyeball with the cruel sea.
We have started pulling Rhubarb, and our cat is back in the greenhouse, snoozing in an oven of dreams.
Equally warming, the Mumbles lighthouse is attracting and enthralling the visitors to the sun. The castle is open, and the flag is celebrating.
Me? I am still not sure that summer has finally consented to be set in the warm stones.
The next two weeks will tell. So, my summer buddies, watch this space …
Jim’s FREE poetry blog (with audio recordings) can be seen on http://baitthelines.blogspot.co.uk/.
See Jim Young’s Early April Nature Diary here.
Jim can be contacted on email@example.com.
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His poetry can be seen here: http://baitthelines.blogspot.co.uk/
His photography can be seen here: http://jimyoung14.blogspot.co.uk/
Jim has also written a biography of his childhood in the Lower Swansea Valley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Lower-Swansea-Valley-Memoirs/dp/1530977746