“Spring had come once more to Green Gables – the beautiful, capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth” wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908, p. 160) in Anne of Green Gables – one of my favourite childhood books that I still read and enjoy today.
After a cool, capricious and certainly reluctant Canadian spring…
we now have Anne’s ’empurpled’ violets…
‘grass scattered with dandelions…’
apple trees ‘showered over with blossoms’
and one flower she doesn’t mention: the pretty purple-blue periwinkle.
Later in the book Montgomery says, “… and then, almost before Anne realized it, spring had come again to Green Gables and all the world was abloom once more” (p.246).
Happily, now, at the end of May, I can also say, “Spring has come once more…”
Montgomery, L. M. (1908). Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: McClelland
and Stewart-Bantam (Seal Books).