Time for Helen Hunt Jackson’s monthly forecast – she continues her classical theme from February. As you will see, she mentions that, in March, “the violets raise their heads without affright”, and here are what I believe are violet crocuses doing something similar around the edges of the Little Bowden Rec..
Month which the warring ancients strangely styled
The month of war,–as if in their fierce ways
Were any month of peace!–in thy rough days
I find no war in Nature, though the wild
Winds clash and clang, and broken boughs are piled
At feet of writhing trees. The violets raise
Their heads without affright, without amaze,
And sleep through all the din, as sleeps a child.
And he who watches well may well discern
Sweet expectation in each living thing.
Like pregnant mother the sweet earth doth yearn;
In secret joy makes ready for the spring;
And hidden, sacred, in her breast doth bear
Annunciation lilies for the year.
Mars, God of War, also, of course, shares his name with the popular brand of confectionary that enables us to Work, Rest and Play. Here is Mars (on the right of the picture), as depicted by Sandro Botticelli in a painting on show in the National Gallery in London. He appears to be having a Rest, though whether he has previously been Working or Playing we do not know. My guess would be Playing.