The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

May 15, 2014

Springtime is finally upon us

May comes tripping in and finally springtime is full upon us.

Now is the time to wander out in the world turning green again. It is a time when you say “good morning” and you are really meaning it. Spring isn’t something you check on the calendar; it’s when you really enjoy today. It’s also time for finding a moment to be frivolous and give in to the rash of spring fever.

Just take a trip to your back yard, the park, the country or to the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, where the basswood trees and maples are leafing out while fruit trees are bursting their buds and the oaks are creating catkins to grow acorns. The apple blossoms, pink and white waltz with the breeze and perfume the air. Now, sniff the aroma of lilac blossoms that defy a fitting description, but fill us with nostalgia and joy. Everything is bursting forth since spring is here to stay.

It‘s time for a trip to the secret places where morel mushrooms have popped up, later to be fried in butter. Dandelions are in a silent stampede across the lawns as wildflowers, the trilliums, hepaticas and jack-in-the pulpit saunter down the hillsides. At the arboretum, thousands of blooming daffodils paint the hillside bright yellow with their delicate blossoms.

Frances and Robert Bickelhaupt planted a thousand bulbs every year for many years and it is estimated that there are more than 10,000 blooming clumps of the yellow buttercup flowers representing several different varieties, naturalized under the crabapple collection.

Now is the time to watch for robins hunting for worms and nest building. See the big fluffy clouds coasting across the sky and rain drops make rings in puddles. The sand hill cranes are performing their dances of courtship, while over the gurgling brook, swallows soar swiftly bye, inhaling newly hatched mosquitoes.

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