Locked out of the budding frenzy

The elm tree now has giant buds on each of its twig termini, new even since yesterday.  Happily, this spring, I have a back garden in which to view and enjoy these earliest signs of warmth.  The Public Garden here keeps barbaric hours, locking us all out for six months of the year.

Boston’s analog public space is always open and the seasons there are visible by passersby whether the ground is frozen or abloom.  Here, however, one can see the pale buds just beginning, over and beyond the high iron fence, but we’re kept out, even with the temperatures rising and the lawns on the private sidestreets greening. No snowball fights in this “Public” Garden and no earliest blossoms of spring to be shared with the titular owners of this space.


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