The garden is awakening!
The Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) happily nestle among the ivy and Lady’s Mantle.
“Nothing is so beautiful as spring —
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling …”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)
His posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets