Fragrant Quote for April 12th, 2012 from VERA VORONTZOFF. By Sonya Kovalevsky

Fragrant Quote for April 12th, 2012 from VERA VORONTZOFF. By Sonya Kovalevsky

"It was the close of April. . . . Suddenly, one night, a mild, warm rain began to fall, and from that moment all went as if by magic. It was as if a secret power of effervescence lay hidden in the fine, fragrant rain. . . . Yesterday everything had been black and naked, and now it looked as if a thin light green veil ha...d been thrown over all. Neither was the air the same as yesterday. The fragrance was quite different, and it was so easy to breathe! All nature was smitten with a real spring fever. The birches had already clothed themselves in a fine transparent network of leaves, light and delicate as lace. From the poplars' big, swelling buds fell balsamic scales that filled the air with a strong intoxicating perfume. . . . The spruces shot out long, palegreen cones, straight as candles, which showed strangely against the brown ones of last year. Only the oak still stood naked and surly, as if he had no thought of spring."