Sunday, January 27, 2013
spring a ding ding
Yesterday was my 4th blog birthday. I've been writing about stuff for four years now and although I manage about 26 less posts every year I plan to continue on. Still, 692 posts seems pretty impressive to me.
It's been very spring-like here for the past week and a half. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that spring is here. The weather prognosticators are telling us that we've already had our coldest weather. I'm enjoying the beautiful days and don't want to complain but it's still freaking January!
February is notorious for a late season freeze though. Not that I want any more freezes but if it is spring in January, what does that portend for our summer.
I don't even want to think about that.
Anyway, it's spring-like weather and I haven't even seen the pear trees blooming yet and they always bloom when it's still cold. I think the tulip trees (japanese magnolia) are blooming though I haven't seen any of those either but Marc says he thinks the one behind the Houston house is blooming which they also do in January.
I went and looked at the red bud next door. Nope. Nada. Nothing.
A little tour of the yard this morning showed that the ground orchids (bletilla) are just sure that this time it's for real.
You can see that they've already been fooled once by a warm spell followed by a dip into the low 30˚s.
The little orchid-like flowers open close to the ground.
The seed pods from last year float above the emerging flowers on long thin stalks, ready to burst open.
The warm weather is also making everything in the winter garden want to bolt.
The bees seem to be glad about it though.
The maple tree is always the first of the trees to welcome spring,
with the ginkho a close second.
The other trees are still not convinced.
The althea is pretty sure though.
The wildflowers are getting ready even though they are probably wondering why it's so warm already.
poppies and rocket larkspur
So what the hell am I doing inside?