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For those of you in more northern climates who are still fighting out of winter, I PROMISE spring is coming. It's definitely warming itself up here. Usually it's heralded around here by the smell of dead fish, thanks to the twelve BILLION Bradford pears planted by all the landscaping companies, but there are also other, quieter little heralds.

While walking to where I get picked up in the evening, a rather shocking bit of color caught my eye. I looked up, and saw a redbud tree full of closed flower buds that were the most intense shade of magenta I think I've ever seen, particularly when placed against the grey the sky had taken on this afternoon. The tree was also sporting some leftover pods from last year, small, delicate, and almost silver. If I ever got a free trip to Fairy Land, I imagine there would be trees like this everywhere. And chocolate rivers. Gotta have chocolate rivers in a fairy land.

And there are subtler signs too. I took a walk around the yard this evening to see how things were doing. The mint is fixing to make a busting comeback, putting out little tiny rosettes all through the herb bed. The tulips are still breaking through the soil, thick and smooth and a lovely sea green. The Japanese magnolia has put out dark purple flower buds that should open very soon. The sinocalycalycanthus (no, I didn't make that up) is putting out thick black buds that I had to brush my hand against to make sure they were an actual sign of life. In a few weeks they should start putting out tiny, delicate leaves that look like they're carved out of bright green crystal.

I really love this time of year. Everything has so much potential, and I love watching everything gear up for another season.

On that note, LETTUCES. I want to do some sort of leafy green this year. I don't know why. But darn it, I want lettuces. I should look into that.

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Date: 2011-03-10 03:37 am (UTC)
thez: Ari IS Inspector Spacetime! Somewhen. (Metalocalypse - This mic is BRUTAL)
From: [personal profile] thez
Bradford pears planted by all the landscaping companies

UGH I'm sorry. I hate those things. Why would anyone plant them? WHY?

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Date: 2011-03-11 02:18 am (UTC)
tatterpixie: destroy everything (pissed2)
From: [personal profile] tatterpixie
Ugh. Those Bradford pears sound like the ubiquitous eucalyptus trees in the Bay Area. They were planted back in the day because they like the mediterranean climate and they grow fast and they're showy -- but they're kinda invasive and they have very shallow roots and tend to fall over a lot during the winter Pacific storm season, when the ground gets saturated and gale-force winds blow. And because they're BIG trees, they cause a lot of damage when they fall over. Grr!

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Date: 2011-03-10 04:00 am (UTC)
tatterpixie: melonaid (dyslexic)
From: [personal profile] tatterpixie
LETTUCES. I want to plant lettuces this year too! We have no tillable bed-space in the yard, though. How well does lettuce do in containers?

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Date: 2011-03-11 02:18 am (UTC)
tatterpixie: melonaid (dyslexic)
From: [personal profile] tatterpixie
I will! ^______^ Thank you!

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