May is rapidly coming to an end and as the garden awakened we escaped to Holland. Being the only one of my family here in America, it means a lot to see each other face to face once ever so often; visiting family all over the country bound those ties a little closer. Just as spring weather here can be unpredictable, weather in Holland was no different. A few warm days before our arrival were quickly followed by temperatures dropping into the 40s at night and 50s during the day. Gusty wind made bundling up in layers necessary. Rain fell mostly at night, or at least not while we were out and about. Trees were starting to leaf out and spring flowers were in abundance.
Winter is but a distant memory. With spring's rising temperatures nature slowly awakended. A few flowers unfolded, trees had that green haze which heralds the arrival of leaves. Then spring flowering tree started showing their colors; pink, white, yellow. It wasn't long before the world broke out in color again.
March; winter will be coming to an end, spring will start. I have been busy this winter; a course in garden design at Rutgers’ has been nearly completed. My stack of unread gardening books has dwindled. My home office has been overhauled; there are new bookcases to store about half of the five hundred or so gardening books, a new leaf has been added to my desk to have room for the tabletop drafting table, needed for my landscape design class.