April’s Icing

Carol A. Hand


Returning to boots and yaktrax

for April’s final days


April’s Icing – April 26, 2017


Watching with curiosity

to see how long ice stays


Yesterday’s blooming flower

the promise of coming spring


Blooming Pulmonaria (lungwort) – April 25 2017


Today encased in ice

as seagulls circle, crows call, and hopeful robins sing


April Icing – April 26, 2017



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        1. I don’t remember the scent, Maria. I will have to check it out when they recover. They were a bit wilted this morning. I am grateful for early-blooming flowers that feed hungry bees in early spring. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad to hear that the weather out east is growing milder, Michael. I hope it says that way. We have predictions of freezing rain and snow for the next few days, and last week, we had two days of 70 F weather. It’s always hard to figure out when to plant here…


    1. Dear Carrie, I hope you are right. The weather in April and May here is so hard to predict. The forecast for the next few days is for snow and freezing rain. It’s a blessing in disguise, though. I have editing to do and won’t be tempted to work outside on gardens. 🙂

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      1. Oh Carol, I hope you will feel Spring soon. Even with editing to do, the warmth of new beginnings can be a balm for the soul…especially as you traverse the stories you have experienced, one more time. Blessings to you as you journey through that process. 💕

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  1. Lovely photos! Not to worry, the spring snow will really green things up. At this time of year, think of snow as ‘slow release moisture’. 🙂 Take care. Bob

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about the photos, Bob. They’re just lucky shots. The trees and plants do need moisture – it’s been relatively dry for the past month. And to be honest, I’m grateful for cold wet weather when I have editing to do. Otherwise I’d be out working in the gardens. 🙂

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    1. Nelly, it’s always so delightful to hear from you. I find it fascinating to learn that your weather is a lot like ours – wildly unpredictable. This time of year, I long for summer, but come late July and August, I suspect I’ll be thinking that winter’s not all that bad. 🙂


  2. Following a week of warmth and sunshine, my husband planted some sweetpeas the other the day. Next day, we woke up to find them covered in snow! Since then, the temperatures have plummeted and we’ve had hailstones and icy rain. The weather app assures me temperatures will rise again next week.

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    1. It’s always a treat to hear from you, Chris. It seems the unpredictability of spring this year is shared by many around the globe. I hope your sweetpeas survive. The Pulmonaria looked rather wilted when I checked them this morning. Hopefully they’ll recover when the weather warms up a bit…

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  3. Lovely poem and photos heralding the still frozen April – ‘Today encased in ice’ – we are experiencing an unseasonal return of frost which is hard to accept! The poor flowers struggling on bravely.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Annika. I’m so sorry to hear about the frost after you filled you yard with so many lovely flowers! The Pulmonaria were wilted this morning when I checked, but I hope your flowers and mine recover when it warms up.

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