Fifty Shades of Green!


Wow – there were at least fifty shades of green as I surveyed the lawns while walking around the neighborhood this morning.  This followed four days of heavy rain and two warmish weekend days.

I think old Mother Nature has officially unleashed Spring.

The neighborhood lawns were varied shades of green, as if Mother Nature took tubes of paint and squeezed out a smear of lime green, a smidge of hunter green, a dab of kelly green … even a dribble of jade… all onto her big palette.  Then she went to town with her paintbrush.

Lawn care is really about the “haves” and the “have nots”.  The healthy lawns in early Spring owe their lushness to the people who hire fertilizer services or were out walking behind the spreader on a cold March day filtering those mini nuggets onto a still-frozen lawn where they’d eventually work their magic into the grass blades.  Then, there are the people, like me, who entirely pass up the 4-Step Program for lawn care, and make no apologies for it.  The result is a lackluster-looking lawn.  I used to fertilize regularly, then would scratch my head as to why I wanted the grass blades to grow longer and thicker because I’d have to cut the lawn more.

There was a Spring feel to the air as I walked along in the early morn.  I saw tree dander scattered on the sidewalks but no leafing out on those trees yet.  A couple of forsythia bushes looked ready to burst into bloom any minute.  There were yard waste bags aplenty and lots of folks worked in the yard this weekend as I could smell the freshly raked soil as I walked past the corner yards.  A welcome sight was a back porch adorned with the first annuals of the season – a pair of beautiful pansy bowls.

I breathed in deeply, just taking it all in, but maybe a little too deeply as my nose started twitching like the soft petal-pink noses on those bunnies I usually see cross my path while I am gallivanting on my daily jaunts.  The twitch was soon followed by a sneeze.

Yup, Mother Nature has officially unleashed the pollen as well.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to Fifty Shades of Green!

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Oh the pollen was around last week. The grasses are very pretty. At least it isn’t white or brown.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    It’s a definite improvement from last week Marge, especially after that torrential downpour today, it’s sure to be even greener tomorrow.


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