“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hello March


Time goes on. The days are growing longer again and March has arrived with the promise of spring. We still are bound by the cold winds and snow, but soon we will welcome the first blooms of a native flower called bloodroot.

Such an awful name for such a pretty flower. Named for the red sap that leaks from the roots when cut, it should have a better name....  March Miracle, or Miracle In Snow perhaps, because it will bloom even at the coldest temperatures and with snow upon its leaves. The Latin name is Sanguinaria, which isn't much better.  So by the end of the month or at least by early April, we will see the flowers starting to bloom.

The Poem below is from one of my favorite vintage children's books, Poems for Boys and Girls illustrated by Marjorie Barrows.  I hope you enjoy this somewhat melancholy, yet hopeful poem. Thanks to Debra's observation, I have provided a link for more about the author of the poem, click on her name to find out more.








The Night Will Never Stay
by

The night will never stay,
The night will still go by.
Though with a million stars
You pin it to the sky,
Though you bind it with the blowing wind
And buckle it with the moon,
The night will slip away
Like sorrow or a tune



I hope your week is full of peace and love.
~~Diane~~



What are the signs of spring in your area?


*click for more about Eleanor Farjeon

20 comments:

  1. Oh Diane, when you asked what are the signs of spring in my area, I smiled because I just did a spring post that will go up tomorrow, and I'm sure it will warm you up with all the cold temperatures you are having. This white flower looks so delicate, yet sounds so strong. I can't believe it blooms even with snow on the leaves. The poem is delightful. I know you like children's books, and I just saw some of the Golden books today, and wanted to get 'The Little Red Hen.' I have a soft spot for children's books too. 'Saggy Baggy Elephant' is another one that I saw today.

    Bundle up, and take care, my friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri. I have the Little Red Hen in my personal collection! Love those sweet books.

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  2. It's going to be a while before we see blood roots over here in Wisconsin. We loved the name when we were kids, breaking them off, chasing our friends, and smearing the 'blood' on their arms. Believe me, it was completely harmless, not like some of the horrid social media stuff we see today. I love all the vintage books. My favorite Golden Book was Boy With a Drum. It was so sweet!

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    1. Kids always find a way to have fun!

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  3. It may be March, but we have 8 inches of snow on the way here in KY tomorrow :) SNOW ANGELS!!!

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  4. Diane, it is still extremely cold here in Montreal even though is is March, and it is supposed to be like this until April. Your header is beautiful, the music is lovely and serene and your post, as always, has brightened my day. Thank you. :)

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    1. I'll reply to both Keith and Linda above.. I'm so sorry about your cold and snow. We had just as bit of snow and two days of bitter cold and blizzard warnings! Warmer weather is headed our way this weekend into next week though. Keith, enjoy your Snow Angels!

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  5. Hi Diane, that sweet little flower should be called starbright or snowshine, bloodroot is just wrong! Still as Shakespearer said, “a rose by another name would smell as sweet."

    We have snowdrops, primroses, daffodils and Christmas roses in the garden. It’s still pretty cold but the sun is shining, and it really is starting to feel like spring.

    Have a lovely spring link week! Hugs Barbara.

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  6. I am thrilled that March is here! It seems like a long way till spring with all the snow out there, but it will only get better from here on in.

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  7. Gorgeous photo! March true to itself came in like a lion, continues with snow and sleet today. The good thing, most of my daffodils have popped up, soon to shower us with pretty yellow blooms. :)

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    1. Oh Barbara you lucky lady! You live in a milder climate and I'm sure you are several weeks ahead of us. Make sure to snap some photos and share on your blog please! Martha and Pam, I am truly sick of winter and can't wait for it to be over now! But Daffodils!! Yay!

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  8. Eleanor Farjeon (and her brother named Michael, I believe) wrote so many great things for kids in their day. She wrote the poem that became the lyrics to Cat Stevens' song "Morning Has Broken" too.

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    1. Debra, thank you for that wonderful tidbit of information! I had no idea.... I need to research and read more about that.

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  9. Beautiful Diane ;o) I like the name March Miracle, better for those flowers ;o) Love the poem ;o) Please give the fur babies a hug for me ;o) Happy March ;o)

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  10. Dear Diane - I never knew about this flower. I am not certain it grows here in Ohio. You are so right - definitely not a great name for such a pretty blossom. Oh I am hoping you see it blooming before April. I have been waiting for the snow to go away so I can find some snowdrops. They usually are here in February but not this one. Take care and thanks for sharing that lovely poem as well. P.S. - Very interesting tidbit Debra shared. I have always loved that song.

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  11. Hi Diane,

    Such a dreamy poem. Beyond the name, the label, lies the beauty of the flower. Happy dawning of spring, my kind friend.

    Gary

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  12. Yay for March, and spring, and your blog music returning!

    Have a great day!

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  13. I hear it is supposed to warm up soon! Good luck!

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  14. Warmest wishes for springtime to come your way. Thanks for sharing the lovely poem and your inspiration.

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    1. Thank you my dear friends! I love it when you visit me!

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane