Early Spring 2019

Coming Out of A Long Cold Winter

With just two more weeks of school left I'm incredibly itchy to get going on things here at 173. I look around and see so many things to do, but with papers due all the time, there's simply no sense in getting started on anything yet. 
Peonies in bloom

But there were a couple yard things to do today so I took a few minutes to photograph a couple things in bloom.

First The Forsythia

It's funny - every year no matter what date Easter is, the forsythia blooms either right before or on Easter day!  This year the forsythia came into full bloom just a couple days before - always a beautiful and welcome sight!

I Miss That Old Car

And of course it's fun to watch the Cleveland Pear Tree that was planted back in 2013 continue to grow.  As a reminder, here is how I brought that tree home:

And here it is, barely more than a twig back then:

Now, here in the spring of '19:

The Cleveland Pear

Spring is my favorite time of the year for the Cleveland Pear.  In the summer it's a nice green tree, in the fall the leaves stay on entirely too long but change colors just before dropping, and in the winter it's just another bare tree, unless there's some snow on it:

But for a few weeks every spring, the tree is stunning with little white flowers all over it!

My favorite book on nature:
Faith in a Seed by Henry David Thoreau

And then there's the flowers that start popping up all over the yard:

I wish I could remember their names!

This one I know, at least I think - hyacinths!

Nature's first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf's a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay. ― Robert Frost

Along the foundation...

And beneath the lilacs!

That's about it right now..2 more weeks and I can get started on some much-needed projects.  

Stay tuned!!
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