As a lover of the Renaissance, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “Spring” is Sandro Botticelli’s amazing painting of the Allegory of Spring or “Primavera” now housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Painted around 1482, Botticelli’s “Spring” is one of the most admired paintings in the world, a true masterpiece. Botticelli was commissioned by the ruling Medici family to do the painting. “Primavera” is a very refined work of art incorporating hundreds of flowers, elegant figures and skillful painting. Each time I visit Florence, I go to see it and it never fails to take my breath away.
Living in the Northeast and having endured a very hard winter this year, makes the anticipation of Spring even more exciting. It has been so long since I have seen a beautiful flower or tree in bloom that I sometimes forget that there is really lovely vegetation waiting to burst through all this snow.
Flowers from my garden:
I always wished I had had a green thumb like my Mom and her sister Cammie. They both had beautiful gardens. It was one of their passions every Spring to plant. My Mom’s signature flowers were the circle of marigolds that was at the back door and greeted everyone who arrived at our house. I’ve tried and tried to duplicate it, but I just don’t have the knack!! She also had these beautiful baby carnations that smelled so lovely right at the entrance of the door. My friend Ruth still remembers the scent every time she visits me. I have looked everywhere for baby carnations but have had no luck.
What would Spring be like if there wasn’t the chirping of birds? THASC’s artist today, Matthew Brown’s BIRD, has reminded me of the real signal of the arrival of Spring. We always had bird feeders in the back yard. I still do! Mom’s favorite bird was the red cardinal, which I see even now pop in once in a while in winter. We have all sorts of birds and bees that take care of my beautiful garden inviting us once again that it time to smell the fresh air. It is time to smell Spring.
More flowers from my garden:
How many of you have gardens or things to share about Spring? I’ll await your comments!
Have a lovely weekend with thoughts of Spring!
See you next Tuesday,