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Monday, June 1, 2015

Blossom Time

After such a long cool spring, things are now growing and blooming faster than I can keep up with. Last week's apple blossoms are now fallen and those that remain on the tree are withered and brown. I wish they lasted longer. Thursday's severe storm pretty much ended their fragile beauty. I'm lucky I did get some memories photos earlier in the week and their sweet scent still lingers in my mind. I wish I could somehow make these photos "scratch and sniff" so you too could enjoy their lovely fragrance... sweeter than lilacs in my opinion... but then again I could be a bit partial...

I want to share with you one of my favourite poems about apple blossoms, written by Horatio Alger.


I sit in the shadow of apple-boughs,
In the fragrant orchard close,
And around me floats the scented air,
With its wave-like tidal flows.
I close my eyes in a dreamy bliss,
And call no king my peer;
For is not this the rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

I lie on a couch of downy grass,
With delicate blossoms strewn,
And I feel the throb of Nature's heart
Responsive to my own.
Oh, the world is fair, and God is good,
That maketh life so dear;
For is not this the rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

I can see, through the rifts of the apple-boughs,
The delicate blue of the sky,
And the changing clouds with their marvellous tints
That drift so lazily by.
And strange, sweet thoughts sing through my brain,
And Heaven, it seemeth near;
Oh, is it not a rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

~Horatio Alger

I am linking up with Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday. Be sure to pop over to enjoy more wonderful mosaics. 
And lastly, I am celebrating reaching 1000 posts, so if you'd like to enter my Giveaway, click here and leave a comment. 


The apple blossoms’ shower of pearl,
  Though blent with rosier hue,
As beautiful as woman’s blush,
  As evanescent too.
        L. E. Landon—Apple Blossoms.


eileeninmd said...

hello Linda, pretty apple blossoms, mosaics and images. The poem is lovely. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Tante Mali said...

Dear Linda,
oh I love this time of the year when all the trees are full of blossoms - white and light pink! - like fantastic bouquets! It's over here in Austria, so I enjoy your post!!! Happy spring to you and all my best

Riitta Jylhรค said...

Hi Linda!
You have so beautiful pictures in your blog. And stich works too are marvelous. Why it is, so many gardeners have so handy hands? Is it just hungry of beauty?
Anyway, I'm glad I found your blog.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would love to write this poetry in my journal today. I'll leave your blog open. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

Vee said...

I have not yet seen an apple blossom...worse...smelled one. Will plan a drive past the apple orchard this week! Those blossoms look beautiful!

Sara D.B. said...

A beautiful poem and wonderful photos!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful blooming flowers.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Beautiful pictures of these blossoms and no finer poem than this one!

Jennifer said...

I can see why you love the blossoms - they are very beautiful!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I had the pleasure of smelling that wonderful fragrance when our crabapple was in bloom - one of the things I wait for all winter!
Now the lilacs have centre stage and I'm loving them too.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Linda, good to have you participate again.

Susan Mac Donald said...

wonderful celebration of 1000 posts; your photograbhy is awesome & the pictures are such a welcome, reminding us that a change of season is here.

Jeanna said...

Beautiful blossoms and a lovely poem.

Thank you for sharing.

Tomoko said...

Glad to see you have a lovely spring time with those apple blossoms! They are pretty!
My English teacher is from Canada.I have heard about how beautiful the nature in Canada is. And I get to know that from seeing many Canadian blogs. You have shown that lovely poem. A refreshing poem.
Thank you for your comment.Have a good new week,Linda.
Greeting from Japan.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

Lovely shots of your blossoms ! :)

Life Images by Jill said...

gorgeous images of the spring blossoms, and the poem that goes with it.
Enjoy your summer days ahead and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

Pamela Gordon said...

They did disappear too fast didn't they! Beautiful memory photos and poem. It sure is cold today!!

bj said...

Beautiful the poem.

Small City Scenes said...

Apple Blossoms are so beautiful, fragile and yet tough enough to grow apples. OH Yum!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The spring blossoms make me happy/homesick all at the same time. No typical spring blooms here in sw florida. The downside of no real winter is no real spring)). (Life has trade offs.). We go back to oregon for the summer, but usually ... Like this year ... Too late for Spring blooms. Love the poem.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I think apple blossoms are among the most beautiful flowers. Your photos are gorgeous. I hope you get some apples this fall.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are lovely!

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