False Spring

One of the first signs of spring here is the Forsythia.  It’s blooms serve as yellow signal flags that warmer times are here.  We have several of these on the farm and all are blooming albeit a bit tentatively which is to say the shrub is not covered in blooms but blooming it is.

But Forsythia can be fooled so I maintained my suspicion that we were just being teased.  Then yesterday I saw Azalea blooms popping out.  It’s tough to fool an Azalea even the Azalea we call the Early Bird Azalea.  It’s located on the west side of the Camellia Beds here and so grabs the Sun most of the afternoon.  Of the big Formosa Variety, It’s always been the first Azalea to bloom but not this early.  I mean, hey, it’s still January.   The Dogwoods haven’t even budded up much.  So I called this post “False Spring” instead of Early Spring.  I’ll really be convinced when I see the Periwinkle bloom.  It’s mighty green  but even wishful thinking couldn’t spot a bloom.   Stay Tuned.  See you soon on most of this same blog.

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