Yes, the daffodils and tulips have come up and the magnolias blossomed and the delicate green of spring has been breaking out all over. But it's still been mostly chilly and damp -- until this weekend. Yesterday was warm and humid in Boston, but today was the prize, the day we've been waiting for. Mid-70s (F) and dry, sunny with a light breeze. Perhaps Mother Nature was feeling magnanimous on this Mothers Day, sharing her joyous spring bounty
The Public Garden in Boston was teeming with people today, many families out with their moms, dressed up from brunch at one of the local eateries or dressed down to picnic or stretch out on the fresh green grass. Everyone had cameras, from cellphones to iPads to professional-size gear. One young couple spotted me with my little point-and-shoot and handed me their iPhone to snap a photo of them sitting together behind a row of bright yellow tulips. Many surrounded the exuberantly blooming cherry trees like paparazzi, which reminded me of the crowds last year at Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Alas, although Lilac Sunday was held today as every year on Mothers Day, the lilacs were reportedly a little late to bloom this year (some were supposed to have started opening, but they are usually all in full blossom by the second Sunday in May).
It's forecast to be very warm tomorrow, but then back down into the 50's on Tuesday, with cloudy and unsettled weather the rest of the week. So we'll just have to savor the perfect day we had today. It may be a long time before we see another one like it.