I sit under the snowy crabapple as fragile flower petals drift one by one to the ground, covering my hair in white butterflies, soon to become the first mulch of the year. Our Lady is always nourishing new life…

The hum of a thousand bees is deafening – bumblebees – glorious golden rotund bodies swarming from one tree to another with so many relatives – everyone seeking sweet nectar.

The scent is beyond description – intoxicating – a poignant perfume lasting only a few days and keeping me rooted to my bench every single morning to soak in the sweetness under impossible heat. Heavily polluted air is thick and metallic but here I inhale a plethora of fragrances so intense they drown out poisoned air.

One rose-breasted grosbeak is hidden in the deep vermillion of the fruit tree that bears his name. No wonder he sings his heart out. A red-eyed vireo’s musical trill provides a striking counterpoint even at noon. Phoebes chirp as they gather feathery mosses for their nest above my door. I gather more and add strands of my hair depositing both gifts on the ground in front of their flowering crab situated just outside my door. In moments both treasures are gone, swooped away by nesting parents.

The Flower Moon has just passed and many spring wildflowers have come to crown the Queen of the May who is dressed in her glorious cherry, apple, pear, and crabapple finery. Swaying wild grasses hold spikes of lavender, blue, and purple ajuga, and periwinkled myrtle is festooned with tiny gold bees. Violets of every conceivable shade cover the ground along with astonishing neon yellow dandelions. Solomons seal arc so gracefully bending pendulous bells to the ground. Chartreuse and lime paint a ground cover named Charlie, a sinuous serpent creeper that slithers across the uncut grass seemingly choosing every direction at once. No mow sparks endless creativity.


I am poised, a lady in waiting for relief.

And then they come!

The Thunders.

Rumbling sky gods split and sever dead air in hope. Many fruit trees have weeping leaves that droop under a brutal noonday sun. Cracked brown earth opens her slumbering eyes. Earthworms driven deep in this intolerable heat, hide among delicate mycelial threads that are funneling nitrogen potassium, water, minerals, and other nutrients to those that need them… Tree roots are singing songs to this tubular informational highway lightly hidden underground.

Ah, and so it begins, the deluge, sheets of silver hitting the ground in a fury… the sound of ionized water slapping roof and tree soothes my aching head still pounding from metallic air and merciless heat.

I become this storm all senses on fire with longing. Presence. Rain, a blessing for all, and even the flowers bend their heads in prayer.

During breaks in the torrent, hummingbirds zoom in to the feeder. One chickadee appears from a tangle of fruit tree branches, grabs a seed, and disappears. Another follows suit.

After the Thunder gods move on a female rain begins (as Indigenous folks say) falling in time with fluttering petals, crimson, rose, burgundy, pale pink, mauve, and pearl. How gently all spiral earthward.

Too soon the storm is over, but the Mayflower Queen has reigned in flowery splendor for a week that ends in a nourishing watery reprieve. She will soon retire for another year after the last blushing pink crabapples fade ending the Celebration of the Trees in this hollow on a waning moon. And leaving the earth to celebrate more stars, spiked jewels, and impossible fragrances for another month The solstice fire may burn them out but not until most have set seed before summer begins!

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