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Inspired by Spring

Compiled by Penny Lewis

Within the articles and illustrations of the ELA Newsletter, you will typically learn about design, installation, and maintenance as they relate to resilient landscapes.

As we each process the new frontier in which we find ourselves (quarantines, social distancing, shutdowns, and shortages), we offer a new perspective for life and resilience.  May you find some inspiration herein to nourish you while awaiting a return to normalcy.

Debbie Broderick Photo

A Light Exists in Spring

Emily Dickinson

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period –
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

Rustu Bozkus Photo

Daisy Time

Marjorie Pickthall

See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness

Rachel Streit Photo


Alex Elle

There will be moments when
You will bloom fully and then
Wilt, only to bloom again.

If we can learn anything from
Flowers is that resilience is born
Even when we feel like we are Dying.

Katie Carr Photo

April’s Charms

William Henry Davies

When April scatters charms of primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;

When I can hear the small woodpecker ring
Time on a tree for all the birds that sing;
And hear the pleasant cuckoo, loud and long –
The simple bird that thinks two notes a song.

Gaelle Martinat Photo


Ilia Chavchavadze

Spring weaves a gown of green to clad
The mountain height and wide-spread field.
O when wilt thou, my native land,
In all thy glory stand revealed?

Dave Charlton Photo

Two Tramps in Mud Time

Robert Frost

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

Debbie Broderick Photo

The Sensitive Plant

Percy Bysshe Shelley

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Ann Boulais Photo

Spring Song

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south!
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.

In the dreamy vale of beeches
Fair and faint is woven mist,
And the river’s orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.

JGR Photo

Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days;
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills.

Myriam Zilles Photo

Plant a Garden

Edgar Albert Guest

If it’s drama that you sigh for,
plant a garden and you’ll get it
You will know the thrill of battle
fighting foes that will beset it
If you long for entertainment and
for pageantry most glowing,
Plant a garden and this summer spend
your time with green things growing.