LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Wild Violets

It was a blustery spring day Monday at Red Oak House with the front passing through that brought thunder and rain to the northern Plains and a stiff breeze to rustle the new leaves everywhere. I could hear the chipping sparrows in the backyard. Any day, now the white-crowned sparrows will pass through.

We are mostly done with the cleanup from Sunday evening’s backyard party that brought together some of the finest friends and family that anyone could ever hope for — kind, interesting, smart and witty folks — and I’m basking in the afterglow of their good company.

In the garden, the wild violets that the Smeenks planted are fully in bloom (the original owners of the house — we are the third owners — I shall write about them more on another day).

Birch tree, still bedecked with this season's catkins.
Birch tree, still bedecked with this season’s catkins.

The new leaves are unfurling on the birch tree, but it is still bedecked with this season’s catkins. Soon this tree will fully shade Jim’s office.

With the ground saturated, it is time for a brief pause from gardening chores to catch up with indoor tasks and reading and such.

I hope, gentle reader, that the sky is as blue where you are as it is here.

P.S. I am rejoicing in the news that Macron was elected. Viva la France!

2 thoughts on “LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Wild Violets”

  • Betsy Vinz May 11, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Our back yard a virtual gathering if loved ones

  • Betsy Vinz May 11, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Just noticed your blog 8g. Read three posts, enjoyed them. Thank you.

    Guess I lost first part of my message, so . . .

    We are but second family to live in a 90-year-old house. Backyard has flowers planted by previous residents, as well as flowers & bushes given us by husband’s grandmother, neighbors, and friends. Nice to see the flowers, think of loved ones (many of them now long gone).


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