Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Creeps In

Spring creeps in
On soft pussy toes,
Assailing your senses
Tickling your nose

Blowing, then pouring
Then quietly drips
Reflecting perfection
In brief sun-drenched bits

She's wary, she's fickle
She's slippery as sin
We're completely enchanted
Wondering where she's last been

How well we all know
It's beauty that sells
But as for tomorrow
Spring never tells

Indian Plum or Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) is native to the Pacific Northwest and is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom and leaf out in the spring. The flowers are an early nectar source for bees and other insects. The small plum-like fruits are edible to humans, but are usually quickly scarfed down by birds and other wildlife. I rarely get one!


  1. I love the Osoberry - it is one of my favorites - I watch each spring as the little buds appear and then the flowers - and leaves. I often on it and most people are not even aware that it exists - what joy they are missing. You are the first person outside our family that I've heard of that knows what Osoberry is. Thanks for the great blog.

  2. So MUCH wonder out there - we need only open our eyes and look for it. Thanks for stopping by & please come again!