The returning rain is beautiful in its own moist, pearlized way, but nevertheless gloomy on a mid-February morning when I can't help but long for spring.
Bless the Met - it has nice big bunches of hyacinths on sale for $8.99 in a variety of colors. Hyacinths, with their militaristically upright posture, aren't my favorite spring flowers. And I usually avoid lavender, choosing instead more saturated versions of the color, like grape and other rich, deep shades of purple.
But the lavender looks like spring, somehow just right in the gray light pouring in through the windows. So lavender hyacinths are keeping me company at my desk, cheering my soul, and scenting the room with their strong, rich perfume. I've built a wood fire, and am writing a piece for the Seattle Times about the best new shrubs for spring. The hyacinths inside the window, right here on my desk, help me to appreciate the beauty of the rain outside the window...
The slim, porcelain vase is by Whidbey Island ceramicist Inge Roberts - notice the grace note of the subtle handprint.