Sunday, February 05, 2006
Oh Say Can You See...Signs Of Spring
A few weeks ago I caught this red maple with a springtime load of winged seeds forming. Perfectly normal by the way, it's time. Also normal this time of year is the Carolina Jessamine vines covering roadside trees in bright yellow.
I took a walk to the mailbox yesterday and noticed that the Sparkleberry flower buds are swollen and ready to burst into bloom. That too is as it should be, as they tend to be one of the first woodland trees to bloom in the spring. In the garden, my rabbiteye blueberries are feeling the tug and their buds are swelling.
After a stormy Friday, this weekend has turned into perfect Florida winter weather. Crystal clear, deep blue skies with no humidity and temps rising to the mid-60's. Spectacular!
All this springiness had me in the garden yesterday. I pruned the grapes and gave the blueberries a good drink of an acid liquid fertilizer. They'll need that meal to make me berries after a winter of rest.
In the slightly raised beds, I broadcast planted a mesclun mix, carrots, spinach, two types of leaf lettuce, and some snow peas. I couldn't help but notice that the oaks near the garden are really shading it and as soon as I get these stitches out of my shoulder and face, I'm going up on the very long ladder with my saws. There's tree remodeling to do.
Right now, it's 10:14 am, the sky is bright blue, the temperature is 47, and I AM TURNING OFF THIS COMPUTER AND GOING OUTSIDE!
Posted by R.Powers at 9:55 AM