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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hang on, spring is coming!

Happy Leap Year Day! Today was one of those foretastes of spring (or teasers, take your pick.) The sky was clear after some morning rain, and the temperature reached 64° F (almost 18° C.) Even the gusty winds couldn't stop people from getting out in shirtsleeves!

We will still get subfreezing temperatures and snow for another month or so, but winter's grip is loosening. The local flora think so too. Here are a few pictures I snapped today.

Daffodils in bud, outside Lincoln Elementary School.
Crocus in bloom, also at Lincoln Elementary.

Red maple flower buds. Picture taken near sunset.
The buds of many trees are swelling, and the willows' twigs have gone from dull to vibrant. Did I mention that the day was windy? Branches were tossing so much that most of my pictures of tree buds were blurred. But here is a photo of the flower buds of our ubiquitous red maple (Acer rubrum.) The red maple's flower buds are smaller than garden peas; the blossoms have no petals and open before the leaves.

Trident maple buds opening; ready to repot!

Conditions in the mudroom are milder than outside, and for several of those trees, dormancy is breaking rapidly. The trident maples and Japanese black pine are at the perfect stage for repotting, so I'll be getting to that within the next few days.
This pine's candles are elongating quickly.

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