Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Some flowers

Spring has sprung, and the flowers are starting to color the world. Yay!

Spring begins with the Redbud tree. It's one of the closest things we have to cherry blossom. This one isn't fully out yet.

I've no idea what these little yellow flowers are - they're about 2 inches wide and are popping up all over the place. Some kind of primrose? It has a strange stem/root structure.

If you can't see the flowers, you sure as heck can smell these Mountain Laurels. Ours, like many others, is in full swing this year. They flower in two-year cycles; we got nothing last year but some bean pods. They make an incredible aroma; very sweet, a bit like honeysuckle maybe, and you can smell them for miles around. I'm sure someone is making a fortune bottling this smell. If nothing else, the bush is starting to buzz with all the happy insects visiting it.

This is the pear tree that friend Tamzin got us a couple of years ago. It's blooming nicely this year. Also filling my cherry blossom void.

Friend Terri think these might be Boysenberries, or blackberries. I thought they looked like blackberry bushes. Let's hope I find the fruit before the deer do.

And last but not least, it's not allowed to be Spring in Texas without a profusion of Bluebonnets. We had enough rain earlier this year that they say it will be a good year for wildflowers. I expect to see a lot more of these guys over the next month or two.

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