Almost everything has budded out — everything but the pecans who are always fashionably late.
Bud burst in spring fills me with a joy that one of my favorite poets describes best:
Always it happens when we are not there–
The tree leaps up alive into the air,
Small open parasols of Chinese green
Wave on each twig. But who has ever seen
The latch sprung, the bud as it burst?
Spring always manages to get there first.
Lovers of wind, who will have been aware
Of a faint stirring in the empty air,
Look up one day through a dissolving screen
To find no star, but this multiplied green,
Shadow on shadow, singing sweet and clear.
Listen, lovers of wind, the leaves are here!
– May Sarton
Found this bit of graffiti nearby. A spring paint-burst. Totally cosmic, dude. haha
New esperanza (Tecoma stans) leaves. We didn’t have a freeze for several years so it grew to be about 10 feet tall but this year it only seems to be growing from the ground. When I found out that esperanza is the Spanish word for hope I thought it was a well named plant. It blooms just when the heat becomes oppressive and it is nearly impossible to lovingly/accidentally kill.
Some Virginia creeper growing on a nearby fence. The leaves in spring are soft and must make an excellent salad for caterpillars.
A bad picture of new rough leaved dogwood leaves. This is one of my favorite all time plants. I even ordered one from a nursery before I realized the birds had already planted several in various places on the property. Behind it you can see the new silver leaves of the Russian olive.
Unfortunately, the birds once upon a time planted this wild plant, too:
My neighbor’s poison ivy vine. It is 15 feet tall and a couple of years ago it nearly killed me. Really.
This is another bird planting. Some yaupon holly, dewberry, some unknown things and a mulberry that I realize I am supposed to destroy but just look at the orange color of the bark when it rains. It is really crowded in there with everything conspiring to squeeze out one of the pecan trees but it provides some nice cover and habitat for wildlife.
Mulberry leaves. You can kind of see the catkins. It looks like it will be a great year for mulberry fruit. We should see a lot of mockingbirds visiting. If I am really quick we might be able to scavenge a bit for muffins.
And last …
some color from a humanly introduced fringe flower and sage.