We left 5 days ago in early spring weather, but arrived home late today, the first day of spring, to find the season nearly passed us by. At 84 degrees, this is the 7th straight day of at or over record temps in Chicago. The same is forecast for tomorrow. No one wants to contemplate the summer to follow such a spring.
Tulips mingle with hellebores. Magnolias are in full blossom! And our neighbor’s cherry tree bloomed today. We marveled at it from the back porch, with a cold glass of wine after dark. I know this is happening all over (the phenology, but maybe the wine, too), but the shared experience makes it no less startling.
Chicago is USDA Hardiness Zone 6a, and the average last frost date is April 25.
…to indoctrinate our 10-month-old into the cult of gardening? Besides introducing him to the fun of playing in the dirt (once he gets past the urge to eat it), I can’t wait to get him crap like this:
But I kind of want this for myself. It would make the fairies so happy.
How did I miss this? A blog just for trees. It’s an aggregator, spreading the tree love.
Kinda wonder why they didn’t name it Silva rerum.
If you love all things tree, go read, and Submit your posts, videos, and photos, too.
…am I the only one who sees what’s going on?
Many of us use the appearance of flowers in the landscape to signal seasons. Here’s Jun Gao doing interesting work with flowers and photography to mark time. I’ve been tired of straight-ahead pictures of plants, my own especially. Though his time-lapse images, some taken over many days, look aged and worn, they feel fresh.
Floral Life-Yellow Daffodils 2010.3.7-2010.3.21, 2010, Exposure Time: 15 days,Medium: 4×5 Color Film C-Print, 120cmx100cm
Copyright Jun Gao
He’s a Hey, Hot Shot! contender, and I wish him luck. See more in his floral gallery.
I was pretty excited to find out that Cornell Plantations used my images for the front and back of their new visitor map. These were taken on a pristine spring day among the blooming crabapples, when my only job was to be outside exploring beauty. I’ll take that job any time.
Not writing on colony collapse or honey spinning, just laughing.