Tales from the Northern Forests

March winds and April showers
bring forth May flowers.

(Folklore saying)

As a soft, warm breeze replaces the icy blasts of winter the smell of rich damp earth warmed by the sun fills the air. In Hertfordshire (UK) a spring morning, warm and damp and good for sowing seed is called
a Hazeling.
Young tender buds appear on trees that yesterday seemed barren. Tiny crocuses lift their colourful heads to the sun. The days are getting longer and longer and trees blossom in time for summer.

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May  >>

Smoke-blue as an autumn bonfire,
heavy in scent as a summer rose,
yet young as the spring which is its season.

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962),
English poet, novelist and garden designer,
describing Bluebells

"...The spring, the summer, the childing autumn,
angry winter change their wonted liveries, and the mazed world by their increase, now knows not which is which."

Titania's speech in a Midwinter Night's Dream,
Act II Scene II, by William Shakespeare

Summer  >>

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