The Light of Spring

Hamamelis x intermedia “Arnold Promise”



A light exists in spring

Not present on the year

At any other period.

When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad

On solitary hills

That science cannot overtake,

But human nature feels.

It waits upon the lawn;

It shows the furthest tree

Upon the furthest slope we know;

It almost speaks to me.

Then, as horizons step,

Or noons report away,

Without the formula of sound,

It passes, and we stay:

A quality of loss

Affecting our content,

As trade had suddenly encroached

Upon a sacrament. 


— Emily Dickinson

Erica carnea, Spring Heath

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2 Replies to “The Light of Spring”

  1. Lynda

    Hello Michaela,
    After many years of wanting a Witch hazel of my own I finally acquired one through the Nature Conservancy. It’s barely more than a twig, but I am excited to have planted it where I can view it from our dinning room windows. A post you made from years ago made me want one. I don’t often comment, but I still follow you because I enjoy your gardens and talent behind the lens.
    Thank you for your inspiration.
    ~ Lynda

  2. Michaela

    Hello Lynda! I am so pleased to know that you were inspired to plant a witch hazel. I love them so, and eagerly anticipate their spring bloom and autumn foliage. And how grateful I am, knowing that you still follow and enjoy my blog posts and photos. Social media has changed the blogosphere, but like you, I find myself inspired by online journals. Happy and healthy 2021 to you & yours. Thank you for making the time to comment! Michaela

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