Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sprong (Nearly Spring)

SPRONG is the sound that spring makes while trying to sprout through frozen ground. Listen closely and you might just hear it. While it isn't exactly spring yet until sometime in March, it seems that no one told some of the flowers and wildflowers outside the F&P about that schedule. The snow and ice is just about gone, after several weekends where it snowed a little or rained - usually both. During those weekends, even the "house" frogs (who hang out by the front door) were snow bound. Can you tell we've been reading a lot of Harry Potter these past few weeks? (There's no house elves here.)

Putting the reading aside for today which was sunny and while not exactly warm, at least in the mid 40s, Grenville and Beatrice started some yard cleanup. The usual after-winter (we hope) stuff - picking up downed branches, pruning and cutting back others. And, there they were - wildflowers cavorting all over the lawn in full bloom, Lots of small blue and white clusters of what some call weeds, but which are actually just misunderstood wildflowers, named birdseye speedwell (Veronica persica). Is it true that one person’s weed is another person’s wildflower? And there were other flowers as well, including a single wild violet in the garden.

Not to be outdone, some traditional spring blooms, like daffodils are getting ready to show their colors around the yard and could bloom within the next couple of weeks -if the weather cooperates.


BugGirl said...

Looks like I may have to go to Philly Int'l Flower show if I want to see some flowers before June (the way things are up here...I feel like N.J. has become the new Maine).

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Heard that Philly is getting its share of nasty weather too. Maybe the flowers will want to stay in hibernation. By the way, Maine might have gotten less snowfall than NJ this winter.

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