Joy
Lilac ( Syringa vulgaris )

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

I find ecstasy in living, the mere sense of living is joy enough.
— Emily Dickinson, 1870

Springtime has been absolutely beautiful in my little corner of the world. So much so, I am making pictures every day! Everything in our yard is robust and healthy and I find something new to photograph sometimes hourly - when our ginseng unfurled I had to photograph it twice in a single day because it had grown so much.

Mr. Catbird returned last week and a pair of robins have made a nest in our spruce. The cardinals are daily visitors, as is song sparrow (who appears to be nesting in the corner neighbor’s hedge again this year).

Our woodland garden is just amazing this year - ginseng, goldenseal, jacks-in-the-pulpit, a mayapple, various violets, lungwort, trout lilies - along with the large trees we have added (alternate leaf dogwood, arborvitaes, yew, juniper and this year, a white pine!)…our hedgerow and ‘wooded’ corner are as lush as any forest.

Our cottage garden is blooming with lilac trees and columbine, and the meadow garden is already filled with milkweeds, butterfly weed, joe pye and goldenrod. ♥

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.