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The Promises of Spring

Apr 28th, 2010 | By
The Promises of Spring

The wild strawberries are in full bloom in the pastures and forest fringes.  I’m finding them in places I haven’t noticed them before.  The patches I watch each year seem larger, and I’m hopeful that this year I’ll be able to gather enough wild strawberries for a batch of jam.  Of course, I hope that
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Finally, it’s spring

Apr 7th, 2010 | By
Finally, it’s spring

We’re weeks past the Vernal Equinox, but it’s only in the last few days that I’ve been convinced that spring truly has arrived.  I’ve learned not to trust calendar dates or average frost dates.  Instead, I wait for certain signs from nature and not just one bloom or one particular plant.  Mother Nature tricks plants
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Signs of spring

Feb 26th, 2010 | By
Signs of spring

The daffodils are nearly ready to bloom.  These sprouted right through the snow, and their tips have been nipped by several hard freezes.  In years
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Tree skeletons

Apr 2nd, 2009 | By
Tree skeletons

The woods here are greening.  In the understory the wild rose bushes, buckbrush, and honeysuckle vines are leafing out.  The willows and elms already have tiny leaves, and even the buds on the oaks are swelling.  Oddly, these signs of spring have made me realize something I’ll miss about winter.    I’ll miss the tree
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Daffodil time

Mar 14th, 2008 | By

Years ago, I had two little snowdrop plants by my front steps. Those were my early harbingers of spring. The first appearance of the snowdrop
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Find the grapes

Aug 22nd, 2007 | By

I’d feared that the late spring freeze had wiped out this year’s crop of wild grapes, but I spotted these beauties among the leaves of a pecan tree at the edge of the back pasture. They’re unusually large for wild grapes, too. I suspect that’s partly due to the location. This vine has its roots
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Spring bounty

May 29th, 2007 | By

My favorite spring lettuce mix comes from Pinetree Seeds. It’s a colorful mix of red, pale green, medium green, and even red-freckled leaf lettuces in
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