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Changes in Spring

April 5th, 2007

It’s amazing how much change takes place in such short time during the Spring season.  The grass, shrubs and trees grow so quickly one can hardly keep up.  The flowers of many plants have begun to bloom- which may or may not be a good thing right now.  Our weather turned colder yesterday… the nights will be colder still and the blossoms and flowers may not make it.  The small apple trees flowered and are very fragrant… we enjoyed them briefly yesterday because they will become nipped by the freeze.  And I spent most of yesterday “chipping” countless branches of trees.  In some ways it’s an eternal battle with the forest encroaching on the grassy areas.  The trees overhang the grass and push outwards… so I trim them back, and cut out many limbs that hang towards the ground.  It looks nicer when trimmed, but takes many hours of chipping up with the tractor’s PTO-driven wood chipper.    For now we enjoy the early Spring. 

This picture shows the many flowers of an Oak tree with the catkins hanging down- it’s either a White Oak or Red Oak… I need to get a closer look at the leaves to really determine which one.  It will be interesting to see how the acorn crop turns out this year with the freezing weather!

Flowering catkins from an Oak tree in spring

The Redbud trees and Crabapple show their full colors at sunrise… I like how the sun shines on the top of the Redbud and Oak trees.  The Redbud trees show the lighter pink-red flowers, while the small Crabapple at right has the deeper red flower color. The small white flowers above the Juniper in the foreground are from several Viburnum bushes.

Redbud and Crabapple trees

 

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