I love a rainy night

The snow is gone (for now, at least), so I was hoping that today would be a good day for a state park hike, despite the weather forecast. No such luck: the rain started Saturday night and continued most of the day on Sunday.

But how can I be upset about rain? As all school kids know, April showers bring May flowers!

I’m looking forward to what this week’s rain will do to the flowers that are already emerging:

pearly everlasting shoots
Pearly everlasting
sedum shoots
turtlehead shoots
coral bells shoots
Coral bells
yarrow shoots
New England aster shoots
New England aster
hollyhock shoots
lilac buds

The lilac leaves are a good example of a Finnish word I learned today: hiirenkorvat, or spring buds.

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