Monday, March 9, 2015

SPRING UPDATE

According to the calendar, the first day of Spring is only 11 days away. I'm sure that is fantastic news to the snow- and ice-bound of you. And for my fellow baseball fans, the regular season is now less than a month away. I can't wait.

All of which is prelude to an update on the flora outside my window.


The Redbud tree is full of buds that are, appropriately, red.


Actually I'd call the color sort of a magenta but a Magenta Bud tree just doesn't sound right. And I didn't name the darned thing anyway.

Beneath it, the Oregon Grape (which SWMBO had originally called a holly bush because of the leaves) is blooming with bright yellow blossoms.


Eventually those will turn into blue berries, though not blueberries.

The plant guides say they're edible but neither I nor my good friend Stephen, who lives in Oregon, have had the courage to try them. We shall designate them as decorative.

Other shrubs out front are beginning to bloom, too, so maybe Spring really is on the way.

14 comments:

  1. Thank God for baseball season.

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  2. I would have called it holly as well.

    Go Yankees!

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    1. Can't support that Yankees cheer. But the Diamondbacks are 20 years old today. Maybe this year they'll win another ring.

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  3. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to plants and flowers, but these sure are pretty and they really put me in the mood for Spring.

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    1. All of us, even here in mild Arizona.

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  4. I love all the flowering trees and bushes but I am sneezing my head off.

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    1. Sorry 'bout that, Judy. Juniper, probably.

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  5. Being from Oregon, 4th gen, I knew of course about the oregon state plant, I'm not sure about the edible part, might be cautious there.
    It's spring here too......20f this morning, up to 54 today, most of the snow is gone from my front yeard over a month early.

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    1. Only got up to 66 today but supposed to reach 70 by Sunday!

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  6. Too bad for the blueberries... but too good for all these colors.

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  7. Looks like spring has sprung up your way!

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  8. Lovely lovely! I'm sitting in my dad's kitchen in NC, enjoying some spring weather even now. Sigh...

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