The other day I went outside to check on my garden. I wanted to see who was peeking up and who is still sleeping in their beds. You see what I did there, seed beds, garden beds? Get it? It was a nice warm evening and as I walked around the corner I was gently enveloped by a fragrance in the air. The apple trees and lilac were in full bloom. The spring scent was uplifting, washing away any stress.
I love the smell of lilac, I once heard that part of the beauty of lilac, is that it's fleeting, pretty and fragrant and within a few days gone for another year. I love the smell so much that I wrapped up some of the flowers and froze them. I want to see if I can enjoy them in winter. These lilacs have been growing in this spot since the 1800s, we are not sure if my great grandparents planted them or if they were already here when they bought the farm. An elderly neighbour told me that long ago, one way to know if a farm was owned by an Irish family was to see if lilacs and rhubarb were growing on it.
Apple blossoms, so pretty and they smell so good as well. All the apple trees growing here grew naturally, we didn't buy them.
A day or two after the first lilac picture, I went out one morning and the bushes were covered with these yellow butterflies.
I haven't seen these guys in years and definitely not in large numbers like on this day, not since I was a teenager have I seen the flowers covered with them, so beautiful.
It made me wonder if everyone having to stay indoors resulted in the abundance of the butterflies, especially when you see how so much wildlife had started to take over in the absence of people. It was hard to get a picture of a bunch together, they were really active and darting everywhere.
Finally a little waterfall that is on the farm. It's fed by water (melting snow) that is trapped on a small mountain (hill) and the water seeps out from between the rocks over time and runs down. However since it's actually melted snow, eventually by July it stops running.
Tonight the temperature will drop down to near 0 Celsius, I have a fire going to stay warm. This is not normal for this time of year.