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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Full bloom

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz —
I wonder where the birdies is?

So goes a favorite doggerel of an old college buddy, whom we called Johanna Banana back when. The current answer to her question might be “Florida,” judging from the birds we saw in abundance there last week. Anyway....

We came home to find everything is in bloom around the manor. Dogwoods usually flower around April 1 on this planet.

This tree stands guard at the corner of the garage. This time of year, it buzzes to warn intruders away... or maybe it’s just the bees who swarm the top of the tree and leave us the bottom eight feet.

A closer look at that tree.

On the opposite corner of the manor house, there’s a flowering cherry tree. Cherry blossoms are supposed to be a favorite subject of haiku poets.

The dogwood tree by my outbuilding. During the summer, it provides a little shade. It won’t be long before I have to hoist the air conditioner unit into the window, though.

The dogwood bloom resembles a blood-tipped cross. That, and its flowering close to Easter, has obvious connotations among us Christian types. As a kid, I pointed that out to a Catholic friend and he promptly ate one — much to my astonishment. He didn’t get sick, but I wouldn’t make a habit of that. Some plants are toxic, after all (cherry trees are toxic to cattle, for example).

Planet Georgia’s flower is the Cherokee Rose, but if I’d had to guess I would have said it was the azalea. Or kudzu.

My sage plants are about to bloom and the parsley has gone absolutely bonkers in the last two weeks — it’s starting to produce seed and is threatening to engulf the adjacent rosemary plant. I picked up pennyroyal and lemon balm, and another rosemary (it looked so cute) while out and about yesterday as well.


  1. I guess all the birdies iz at our house. There are so many they wake us up, even with the windows closed!

    And we haven't been able to have a vegetable garden for years -- they eat holes in everything. Between them & the squirrels and the rabbits, it's hopeless.

    I love your yard.

  2. FARfetched this is the first time I've posted here and I hope you don't mind. Your pictures around your house are great.

    Here at planet Alabama we're going through the samething. I'm sure you're like us and getting ready for the yellow haze of pine pollen.

    I agree with katiebird, I love your yard.

  3. Great pics Larry. Glad to see you posting again regularly. I'll sure to stop in more. :) I, here, in the north, am envious of all the color and blooms I see coming from the south this time of year.

  4. You only get to see the good parts in those pictures. :-) If I'd panned left on the first shot, you would have seen a rather barren area where the timber people came in & cut out the pine trees — they were infested with beetles. I planted some sunflowers in that area yesterday; here's hoping they come up.

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