Wait. Don't answer that. I'm afraid I know what you're thinking.
More than any other sight at our house throughout all the beautiful year, this is the one I cannot resist. It reminds me of the musical "Camelot", which includes a lovely tribute to the month of May. Since the movie version also featured Vanessa Redgrave, I have a perfect excuse for posting more pictures of this treasured rose bush. If you look closely at the top right of the photo, you can see the oak tree that collapsed a couple of nights ago. Mostly you can see the elegant little roses in their clusters, heralding the coming of summer. And you can see the dappled light, coming down through the sheltering oak branches. Taken together, this gives you a view of what we've been thinking about this week: the oak trees give, and occasionally without any warning at all, the oak trees take away.
Because of the way the sun shines in this spot and by virtue of the love roses have for sunshine, you can also see the blooms rising straight to the top of, and then over, our fence. They spill into the yard of our excellent neighbors, a bit more every year. Like much of the plant life, the roses seem to have shivered through the winter but also been its beneficiaries. Wait til I show you the fig trees.
My dears, two of our fig trees are covered with a bounty such as we've never seen. We have one smaller tree which has yet to reveal fruit, but it's spring. There's always hope.