The Lenten rose, one of the longest lasting blooms in any garden, still shines in the corner. Its flowers will continue well into summer, gently bending before the garden as the more vivid flowers emerge.
As I walk out to savor the promise captured in this heavenly hellebore, the heavy garden odor of soil and decay is suddenly pierced with sweetness. A hyacinth is blooming, clad in a deep purple robe. Its humble yet kingly appearance suits Palm Sunday.
Susan VanZanten teaches English at Seattle Pacific University, in Seattle, Washington. Her writings include Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions with Dickinson (Wipf and Stock, 2011) and Reading a Different Story: A Christian Scholar's Journey from America to Africa (Baker Academic, 2013).