Set 01 of My Early Springtime Favorites
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

The lupine and other field flowers have not yet bloomed in these mountains
And the lilac buds have not yet burst
And my 150 Sun Impatiens @ $3.99 each are still seedlings
But the flowering trees are in full bloom
And the phlox of springtime are magnificent

In April when cherry trees are blossoming in many parts of the United States
Our wild cherry tree is blooming with ice crystals

And our driveway birch trees are still in misery

And this hungry bird is stripping off what is left of the berries on our wild cranberry bushes

And at long last the color green is everywhere

By early May I'm wishing for more color to go with the green surrounding my wishing well

And then in May our purplish azaleas add color to our lives


And then come the magnificent phlox in front of the cottage and in the rock garden behind our cottage
For these I pay a price by daily having to pull the pesky grass shoots from the phlox
In years past Erika helped me tend the rock garden
But I will not let her near her gardens this year while she recovers from her 14th spine surgery


And in our South Garden the Polka Weigela that blooms for quite a long time even in high winds

And for several weeks I will have a million dandelions

Then there's the crab apple that looks so sweet and tastes so sour

And here are some of my favorite springtime photos from years past
In Amsterdam



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On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West


I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

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