The Promise of Blossom

 

I think I mentioned that it’s cold here at the moment (well, coldish), and the blossom on the trees is just coming into bud:

But the star-gold of the forsythia still lights up the garden regardless:

The bluebells are just beginning to toll:

And though the blossom on the flowering cherry isn’t quite there yet, the promise remains:

That’ll do for now.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Showin’ off your bloomers again, are you? 😜

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  2. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Showin’ off your bloomers again, are you? 😜

    I casn’t claim credit for most of these, Master Arahant, they does what they will mostly regardless of what I does!

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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    You’re a bloomin’ hero, stepping up to contribute multiple posts. 

    Don’t be intimidated. Step up and offer your own “Yawp!”

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    Stop by and sign up now for “April Showers Bring . . . .”

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  4. Headedwest Coolidge
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    After a brutal cold snap, it is good to see the Texas bluebonnets show up.

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  5. Judge Mental Member
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    After a brutal cold snap, it is good to see the Texas bluebonnets show up.

    When I was living in Texas, I used to drive from Dallas to Columbus, Ohio every Easter.  200 miles of Texas wildflowers in bloom along the freeways.  Maybe the best First Lady project ever done by Lady Bird.

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  6. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Here is a close-up:

     

     

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  7. Judge Mental Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    After a brutal cold snap, it is good to see the Texas bluebonnets show up.

    When I was living in Texas, I used to drive from Dallas to Columbus, Ohio every Easter. 200 miles of Texas wildflowers in bloom along the freeways. Maybe the best First Lady project ever done by Lady Bird.

    Maybe I should explain… When LBJ was governor of Texas, his wife Lady Bird had as her First Lady project gathering up what must have been many tons of seeds for about a dozen different varieties of Texas wildflowers, and then dumping them along the sides and median strips of every major freeway in Texas.  And every spring around Easter, they all bloom.  Thousands of total miles of wildflowers as thick as carpets, sometimes mixed together and sometimes a single variety, that’ll keep blooming forever unless someone goes out of their way to kill them off.

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  8. The Reticulator Member
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    LBJ was governor???

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  9. Arahant Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    LBJ was governor???

    Nope.

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  10. Judge Mental Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    LBJ was governor???

    You know what?  I guess not.  But I don’t understand why she would have been doing that sort of thing.  I was definitely told that she was responsible for the project, and must have filled in the governor part myself.

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  11. Arahant Member
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    It was all as First Lady.

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  12. The Reticulator Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    LBJ was governor???

    You know what? I guess not. But I don’t understand why she would have been doing that sort of thing. I was definitely told that she was responsible for the project, and must have filled in the governor part myself.

     As First Lady shew had a big highway beautification project. People mostly remember getting rid of billboards,  but maybe this has a connection to it? 

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  13. Arahant Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    People mostly remember getting rid of billboards,  but maybe this has a connection to it? 

    Yes.

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  14. Judge Mental Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    LBJ was governor???

    You know what? I guess not. But I don’t understand why she would have been doing that sort of thing. I was definitely told that she was responsible for the project, and must have filled in the governor part myself.

    As First Lady shew had a big highway beautification project. People mostly remember getting rid of billboards, but maybe this has a connection to it?

    There you go.  Since the wildflowers are only in Texas, I assumed it was a project that only happened in Texas.

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  15. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Since the wildflowers are only in Texas

    They are in some other states, too.

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  16. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Since the wildflowers are only in Texas

    They are in some other states, too.

    Not between Texas and Ohio.  You get past Texarkana and the difference is stark.

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  17. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Since the wildflowers are only in Texas

    They are in some other states, too.

    Not between Texas and Ohio. You get past Texarkana and the difference is stark.

    Well, in Arkansas, they probably harvest and eat them.

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  18. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Andrew, be very careful around those Forsythias.  They are the world’s most allergenic plants!  They grow wild around most freeways in Washington State, and all allergy sufferers know to take their non-drowsy meds before heading out on the highway.  They are a pest, and nearly impossible to eradicate.

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  19. Andrew Miller Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Andrew, be very careful around those Forsythias. They are the world’s most allergenic plants! They grow wild around most freeways in Washington State, and all allergy sufferers know to take their non-drowsy meds before heading out on the highway. They are a pest, and nearly impossible to eradicate.

    Thank you, I didn’t know that. Still, I have soft spot for ours. Cheers the garden up immensely this time of year. 

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  20. The Reticulator Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Andrew, be very careful around those Forsythias. They are the world’s most allergenic plants! They grow wild around most freeways in Washington State, and all allergy sufferers know to take their non-drowsy meds before heading out on the highway. They are a pest, and nearly impossible to eradicate.

    Thank you, I didn’t know that. Still, I have soft spot for ours. Cheers the garden up immensely this time of year.

    We have one along our driveway. It’s a bit of a nuisance for mowing around, especially when it’s not trimmed back properly (which is most of the time) but I wouldn’t hold it responsible for all of the evenings when I need to take an alavert.   Might be responsible for some of them, I suppose. 

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  21. She Reagan
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Showin’ off your bloomers again, are you? 😜

    I’ll have you know that my grandmother Louise, after who I am named, is reputed to have been the first woman in Birmingham (UK, not Alabama) to have taken to the streets and worn such clothing in public whilst riding her bicycle.  And although she isn’t wearing them in the photo (can’t have everything.  At once, anyway.) here she is (about 1895) as a promising student at Professor Hubbard’s Academy for Young Lady Bicyclists,.

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