“Something New Every Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
It has been said that there is a world of difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day. While official spring is several weeks away, we have been having spring-like weather for several days, and I think this is just the beginning of warmer weather. One of the nice things about the beginning of spring is that there always seems to be something new every day to reinforce the fact that warmer days are here and that the cycle of the seasons is starting anew.
Today, I noticed that the quince has put out a few lovely pink flowers. This was one of the first shrubs we put in when we first moved into our home. It has gradually gottern shadier where this shrub is, so we don’t have as many blooms as we once did, but we are considering cutting back some plants so that this lovely shrub will produce more flowers.
The first of the Tete-a-Tete daffodils has opened. Since so many other plants have bloomed early, I am a little surprised that these daffodils are only opening now. Usually they are among the first flowers to show up in spring.
The white violets are starting to show up, too. My neighbor across the street has these in the empty lot next door, and when they all are in bloom, it looks like there is snow on the ground. However, they are so sweet and pretty that even if only one is around, it stands out.
Another early spring bloomer showing up now is the vinca. This is the first bud of the year, and this flower really brightens up the area under the magnolia tree where it is planted.
Flowers are not the only thing showing up now. The deciduious trees are starting to leaf out. This is the first leaves of the River Birch just showing up today.
You can see that this wild cherry tree’s leaves have been out for several days. It is amazing how fast these leaves will grow, and soon the whole tree will be covered with full size leaves before too very long.
When there is something new just about every day in the garden, it is no wonder that everyone looks forward to springtime.