The first of may. Beltaine. May Day. A day of celebration of life renewing, the flowers of spring.
I noticed today that the birch trees and also the lilac by my mother's front door were starting to bud, beginning new leaves for the coming season. Also? It snowed.
Snowed. As in cold air and light flakes and an overcast sky. Last week, it was so warm I left doors and windows open- deciding I would rather the fresh air and scents of warming earth than the safety from the mosquitoes.
On the bright side, hopefully the late frost and snow will have killed off a generation or two mosquitoes and we'll have a bit of a reprieve at the beginning of the bug season. On the less bright side, I left my tray of calendula starts out on the porch too long (ok, I forgot about them and they were out all night) the other day, and so now most of my very vigorously promising starts are no longer. Fortunately, this was about a day before the echinacea seeds started sprouting, so they're okay.
Happy May Day! May you grow into the year ahead with much creativity and joy!