Readers’ Photos Celebrate Spring

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Emmy with 7-inch purple teepee bean.
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Spring conquers all.
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Sorting potatoes with Grandpa.
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Daughter Britney with rose.
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Growing flowers for birdseed.
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A burst of color.
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18-month-old gardener Bridget enjoys her tomatoes.
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Beautiful flower of springtime.

snapshots from Mother Country

Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote a poem in 1865 entitled
Atalanta in Calydon,
which includes one of our favorite tributes to the season
of rebirth:

When the houndsof spring are on winter’s

The mother of months in meadow or plainFills
the shadows and windy places,
With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain,

winter’s rains and ruins are over,

And all the season of snows and sins,
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover,
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

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