Yesterday was the first of October. The air was a bit chilly in the morning when I went for a walk. But I was amazed by the blossoms that greeted me! The honeysuckle flowers were not that surprising.
|Honeysuckle on the First of October|
They had not bloomed that day, and soon they would be gone. After all, two days earlier there were still plenty of yellow butterflies fluttering about.
But the lily white blossoms that I spotted in the serviceberry bush were brand new!
|Serviceberry blossoms on the first of October|
How did they suddenly decide to bloom forth when the weather turned cooler?
|A closer look at the serviceberry blooming|
And then I saw the cherry blossoms trembling in the cold breeze! So much bigger and more splendid than the serviceberry blooms, they seemed to proclaim that spring had finally sprung!
These fresh, newly opened blossoms had sprung forth on only one spot on the otherwise bare tree.
|Cherry Blossoms on the First of October|
What did they know that everyone else did not know? Were they answering a call of nature at odds with the nip of frost in the air?
Not to be outdone, the tiny, baby apple tree that we planted only last fall was suddenly showing a big pink blossom. This tree has yet to give fruit, and I don't believe it even bloomed this spring.
What makes flowers burst forth out of season?
Is it foolish to want to give fruit when everything else is preparing for a long winter?
|Blackberry blossom trying to bring forth fruit on the first of October|
Or do each of us live by a different timetable, so that those who did not bloom in the spring get a second chance in the fall?