7 April is cloudy and damp, with temperatures in the low teens. We are finally geting our April showers after a very dry March. Fred announced this afternoon that he'd found the first non-cultivated flowers blooming, and he led me to a curb on Mill Street close to Bishops Mills' main intersection. Two bright yellow blossoms are opening on one of the Dandelion plants that root in the crack between cement and asphalt. Some of the plants have broader leaves, but those with narrow, deeply incised leaves all show tight knobs of flower buds. Taraxacum palustre blooms earlier than the common T. officinale, and here it is, blooming! Palustre means marshy, but we also have them out in the limestone barrens of our "outback" old field, where conditions alternates between soggy and parched.
I decided that there being so much green to this subject, I'd balance it with either a purple or red underpainting. The red stems decided my colour choice, and the result is electrifying! The bits of orange litter are fallen leaves from the cedar hedge along the sidewalk.