Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring is springing

That Christmas song has it all wrong. Spring is the most wonderful time of the year!

Here at the stuga, we have a small stand of baby redbud trees. This is the first year they have really bloomed. They are going to be gorgeous in a few years.

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I've never looked very closely at redbud blooms. I was playing around with the macro setting, trying to capture the bees, but this butterfly scared them off.

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The ground here is covered with wild violets. They have a nice scent when in direct sun.

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Another of our wild flowers, rose vervain (a type of verbena).

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A not-so-wild strawberry bloom.

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Asparagus. This year we are allowed to eat some of it!

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And our favorite harbinger of spring, the dogwood!

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5 comments:

LogoGirl said...

Oh my gosh! I have never even SEEN asparagus in its natural habitat before. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I'm so sheltered. And, um - why can you eat it this year? some special asparagus rule?

Kari said...

Lol! I had never seen it before I planted it, either. The plants live for 20+ years, so you have to let the crown grow for a couple of years before you harvest.

I'll have to see if I have a picture of it when it's fully open - looks like a giant man-eating fern. Those little spears you buy at the grocery store are about 7 feet tall by the end of summer.

Ragtime Joe said...

Beautiful photos. Wish you'd come visit and help me identify all the stuff around here.
I do have some nice strawberries growing now. My pineapples got set back when I transplanted but my bananas and coconuts are still hanging in there.

Kari said...

Do you have to grow strawberries as annuals in Florida? They sometimes give up the ghost in the Texas summer heat, so I wouldn't think they'd like Florida summers, either.

Ragtime Joe said...

I'm not sure. I'll tell you when we get into summer heat.