Sunday, March 01, 2009


"The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams."
- M. Romeo LaFlamme
(The First of March)

'Sentinel' Eye of the Elm
"March is a month of considerable frustration -
it is so near spring
and yet across a great deal of the country
the weather is still so violent and changeable
that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away."
~ Thalassa Cruso

Garden Blogger's Muse Day


F Cameron said...

Quite lovely and appropriate selections!

March is coming in like a lion here today!


Anna said...

An excellent poem for the month of March Joey. I like your photo of eye of the elm. Here it has been a breezy day which started wet but turned bright and sunny. Outdoor activity was possible if well wrapped up !

marmee said...

amen to that cruso!
true here too march came in like a lion. but that means....leaving like a lamb...yipee.

joey said...

I'm scratching my head, Cameron. Is frigid but sunny ... Lion or Lamb? More like Polar Bear :)

Good news for you, Marmee! I don't have a clue regarding today's weather but the warm sun streaming through the window sure feels good.

Hi Anna ~ weather here is frigid but sunny. Glad you liked my elm eye (it stares at me outside my kitchen window) and quote (delighted to find it since the author shares my maiden name ... we must be related :)

Ann D. Travers said...

Hi Joey. Thalassa's one of my favorites. Great, sound and practical advice she gives. Nice tributes to March Muse Day you offer here.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Yeah, that sun sure sits up there. But it isn't warming any of us around here today!

joey said...

Thanks Ann ~ yours was poignant also :) Warm wishes for March!

It seems a bit challenging day for all, Brenda. At least you've been able to run around without sox :)

Country Mouse said...

Rain rain rain here in Sunny California. I woke up and Mused today - then learned it was actually muse day - how bout that! I love the poems and thoughts I'm harvesting in all the blogger gardens - Thanks for yours. Where I live, March is often beautiful and warm and our wildflower season is well underway - this year everything is different - we'll see!

joey said...

Musings are inspiring, Country Mouse. Isn't it heartwarming hearing souls sing?

Unknown said...

I just remarked on another blog that things started out quietly first thing today, but tonight as we have a variety of precipitation thrown at us, the month is rolling in like a stinky, cranky polecat. Where's the chocolate when I need it? ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Joey, I really like this poem! I'd never seen it before, but it's TRUE! :-) The quote is also quite appropriate... but it all holds that note of anticipation! Yea, spring is getting closer. (Glad you liked my centipede! ha)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Joey, March is a treacherous month. I'm hoping for the occasional day when getting outside is possible. Love the photo. It does look like an eye, a very old one.

joey said...

jodi ~ keep a box of chocolates handy, like under the bed. (Only the F is gone in Farch!)

Hi Shady ~ I'm still chucking over your centipede ... love your humor :)

It is indeed a very old eye, Marnie, 100+, and the only elm left in our yard (5 others removed over 30 years ago). Like many stunning areas defined by tunneling majestic elms, this area too was devastated by rampant Dutch Elm Disease.

inadvertent farmer said...

You gotta love a slightly creepy picture! Great shot, Kim

Jan said...

Hi Joey, Both of these quotes/verses are so appropriate for the first of this month of March. Thank you for putting them in writing!

joey said...

Thanks Jan ~ March is certainly an interesting month, especially for northern gardeners. Frankly, I love March ... time to reflect. Life is built on dreams :)

Hi Kim ~ funny how creepy reads! I adore this eye that thanks me for keeping a specimen of the American Elm alive!