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Bloomin’ Monday

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Monday, May 09, 2005

A scarlet tulip welcomes the sun.
After weeks of teasing, flirting, and false promise, spring – the coquette of the four seasons- finally delivered blue skies, mild temperatures, and buds in bloom.

And perhaps as an apology for the past weeks of chilly rains, the season burst forth on a Monday, making the workweek’s launch a bit more pleasant.

The morning sun and flowering landscape brought relief to Nicole Young of North Adams. Her own gardening talents are less than ideal,

North Adams Main Street was a-bloom on Monday morning.
she said, and added that she relies on nature for her scenic pleasure.

“I’m so happy to see things growing,” said Young. “I have no green thumb at all. I bought a little cactus and I think it’s dying already.”

Rose Rondeau of Stamford, Vt. said her workday commute was greatly enhanced by the sparkle of the day.

“Coming down through Beaver Street [in North Adams], everything looked so clean,” she said. “The area has been cleaned up and with all the green growing, it was really beautiful.”

North Adams resident Karen Iriass said the break in the weather brings a sense of promise.

“I love to see things blooming,” she said. “It renews your spirit.”

Fashion Bug shop manager Lida Watters said a commute from

Pretty in pink and golden peach
Woodford, Vt. [elevation: cold, said Watters], allows her to watch the many stages of spring unfold. As she descends from mountain to valley, the season progresses from its’ early to later phases, she said.

“Things are just beginning to bud in Woodford. But I do finally have two tulips that just popped up.”

Spring is all about hope, said Watters.

“It makes you cheery and optimistic,” she said. “It makes you think ‘yes, we will have a summer.’”


Purple blossoms at North Adams City Hall
Optimistic, yes, but Watters, like most other regional residents, said she is acutely aware of New England’s fickle weather finger and past years’ occasions of May snow.

“A day like this makes you glad to have winter over with,” she said. “But around here, you are always kind of scared to say that.”

Susan Bush may be reached by calling 802-823-9367 or by e-mail at suebush123@adelphia.net.
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