Posted by: Jim E | March 6, 2012

What A Lot Of Flowers…Spring Is Here…With Or Without Our Permission…

Now it does seem strange even to someone who lives in the South…that spring has pushed its way into early March…already we had daffodils blooming in February…and the daffodil festivals are now in full force around us…at Wye Mountain the daffodils have been “up” and are now blooming…the festival will go on the month of March…but other places too…and other flowers, trees and bushes are blooming as we speak…

One of the other early flowering trees is the Bradford Pear…it is all over Little Rock…some parking lots are in full bloom…it is beautiful…in yards and just all over the city…I will show you one that we took just yesterday…but just behind our house along the street one yard has a whole row of them…when we came home after dark the other night, it was like there was a dim light under the trees…the white blossoms were reflecting what ever light was out at that time and it just glowed…and it was something to see…the picture I have posted will show the deep blue of the sky…so beautiful…but the Bradford Pear is not the only tree blooming…the Redbud is just peeking out in the last few days…they are planted all over…and there are some volunteer trees up in the mountains…and some of the forest areas…(if you remember, Little Rock is on the Arkansas River where it comes out of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains)…we have many mountains and they are covered with trees…trees, trees, trees…and here and there you will see flowering trees that have volunteered themselves in the mountains…

There are others…but you know, I don’t know what they are…from now on for about two or three months, trees, bushes and flowers just “pop out” whenever they please…to everyone’s pleasure by the way…I have mentioned before how we have flowers that last all winter…our pansies finished strong this year…no frostbite, just flowered all winter…I was looking out our bathroom window and notice the sun shining on the pansies on the edge of the porch…so we took a picture of them…they are such an encouraging plant during the winter…when many trees loose their leaves…although all our shrubs around our house keep their leaves…when the “landscape guy” asked me what we wanted…and since I didn’t know what kind of things grew in the south…I told him, “I come from a place where everything loses its leaves in the fall. I want things that never lose their leaves.”…he said, “I can do that.”…and he did…so you will see a tiny bit of that along with the pansies…

Today we went grocery shopping…and Judie bought some strawberries from Florida…they are good…and she is making (right now, mind you) Roasted Strawberries…they are wonderful…there is a recipe for it but, yes, into the oven and roasted…and they form their own juice…I mean you put sugar and whatever on them…anyway they come out beautiful…and she makes her own shortcake…it is wonderful without the strawberries…but with them…well, I’m sure that’s what heaven will be like!!!…all that to say, well, I love Florida strawberries, well, I love Minnesota strawberries…heavens I love strawberries from anywhere…but soon, and very soon, we will be having Arkansas strawberries…they are delicious…but they come very early…they can come in early April…so not long to wait…and with this early warm weather…and hopefully no killing frost, we will have our strawberry lady at her stand very soon…

And about the time the strawberries come to an end…along come the first of the peaches…Arkansas has many varieties of peaches…so they come over a period of 3 or 4 months…some better than the others some freestone and some not…but all great because they are right off the tree…so if we don’t have a killing frost, we will do well this year and be a little early because it has been so warm…

And the blackberries will not be far behind…they grow like weeds here…as they do all over the south…so blackberry cobbler is not far away…but before that are Bluebirds…they have already been checking out our bluebird house on the fence in our back yard…so they will be coming soon…

The Bluebirds are a favorite of ours…some years we send out a couple of batches of birds…some years none…predation is real, and for various reasons the birds fail in their attempt to see their offspring make it out of the nest…but we try and help them along as best we can…they are a beautiful bird…and soon along with them will be our Hummingbirds…they come every year…and hopefully this year will be no different…

So enjoy your spring…whenever it comes…I know it has been a warmer year in most places in the U.S….so chances are you will get an early spring too…spring is so wonderful…new life, new growth, and wonderful things to do…

I think I will go and see how the Roasted Strawberries are doing…

 

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  1. Oh, the roasted strawberries sound so good. I would love to see blooms like those trees. After a couple of nice days, we woke up to and inch of snow. Most of it is melted now, but it is cold outside.

    I love the picture of the bluebird.

    ~Cheryl

    • Cheryl…the roasted strawberries are really wonderful…I like some “real” whipped cream too…makes it even more wonderful…I think the shortcake recipe is from Aunt Dorothy on the farm…but not sure…I know I really loved her shortcake…our bluebirds have been around all winter…checking in and out of the birdhouse…so soon they will settle in I’m sure…our nights have been warm…maybe in the 50’s but sometimes the 40’s…warms up in a hurry though…today it is near 70…and will be all week…have a great week…Uncle Jim E

  2. Reading your article makes me long for spring and flowers here in MN. It won’t be long, but you are definitely ahead of us there in Arkansas. I can’t help but feel a bit jealous. Just a week ago we had a snow storm here, but today it is 46 degrees at 5 pm. So I can’t really complain at all. We have plenty of variety with weather and temperatures here in this state. Enjoy all your flowers and think of us as we wait for the snow to melt – and hope along with us that we don’t get any more of it.

    • Sue…I love Minnesota…with all its variety…I remember so well, when late February came, I thought okay, this is it…warmer weather will come…I knew cold would not be as bad and the sun was high enough to melt snow when it came…so that was the way I got through until spring…and it is right on the doorstep for you…down here, well, spring is long and so is summer…so hot, it is as hot as Minnesota can be cold…but hot is not as easy to deal with…the A/C goes on in June and we don’t turn it off until late September…so we miss the beautiful Minnesota summers…so it is coming…enjoy every moment…Jim E

  3. Wow Jim! Your spring is far ahead of ours here in Ohio! Bluebirds are wonderful birds, right now they’re checking out the bluebird nest boxes in the local parks. What a great time of year!

    • W.S….Ya, I guess we are a few miles south of you…and for all of us we have had a warmer winter than usual…but loved your pictures of the early spring there…you will be busy trying to keep up with things VERY soon…new life popping out all over…but that give you joy I know…I noticed this morning our bluebirds have “moved in” our nesting box in the back yard…they may try for a record 3 times this year…it all depends on the heat of the summer, it is very hard on birds and nesting boxes…but we will see…I will go over to your site now…I like to check it everyday, if I can…don’t expect something everyday…but read the comments…always refreshing…keep on with your “ministry” to all of us…maybe you didn’t know that you were that…but you have a ministry to all of us…thanks again…Jim E

      • Thank you, Jim, for your inspiring words!


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