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BS: Spring is here

Donuel 14 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 14 Mar 16 - 09:10 AM
Steve Shaw 14 Mar 16 - 11:08 AM
keberoxu 14 Mar 16 - 01:50 PM
GUEST,# 14 Mar 16 - 02:27 PM
GUEST,bbc 14 Mar 16 - 09:27 PM
GUEST,MikeL2 15 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM
GUEST,Musket 15 Mar 16 - 02:57 PM
Donuel 15 Mar 16 - 03:32 PM
keberoxu 15 Mar 16 - 03:36 PM
Steve Shaw 15 Mar 16 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Richard Bridge on the Intel Quad Core 16 Mar 16 - 01:28 PM
Steve Shaw 16 Mar 16 - 05:46 PM
gnu 16 Mar 16 - 07:54 PM
ChanteyLass 18 Mar 16 - 07:36 PM
Joe Offer 19 Mar 16 - 02:37 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 19 Mar 16 - 04:58 AM
Steve Shaw 19 Mar 16 - 05:56 AM
Will Fly 19 Mar 16 - 06:02 AM
Steve Shaw 19 Mar 16 - 09:35 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 19 Mar 16 - 10:41 AM
gnu 19 Mar 16 - 12:33 PM
keberoxu 19 Mar 16 - 05:54 PM
Joe Offer 20 Mar 16 - 12:46 AM
GUEST,Iain 20 Mar 16 - 05:32 AM
bradfordian 20 Mar 16 - 06:53 AM
GUEST 22 Mar 16 - 02:35 PM
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keberoxu 23 Mar 16 - 12:22 PM
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Janie 24 Mar 16 - 08:41 PM
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Steve Shaw 26 Mar 16 - 05:27 PM
gnu 27 Mar 16 - 05:35 AM
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Subject: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM

Taken by surprise I came to
a grandiose Magnolia tree
Its magnificent one hit wonder
Blossoms with an arrogance to winter

There, the first Robin standing resolutely
despite how near I approach her
She is so staunch her name should be
Stands with fist

Bowing in the rain the simple daffodils
are being called to muster
to wage a mass demonstration soon.
But for now quietly assemble

Tiny Crocus draw all attention
from the winter debris to its oasis
of color and a promise of
great things to come


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 09:10 AM

Brilliant sunshine today, I just took a drive up the coast road. The sea rolling in, white cap on the waves as they caressed the shore.

Beautiful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 11:08 AM

Very sharp east wind this end but nice and sunny. Could be that my grass is dry enough to cut for the first time since October. Lost Gardens of Heligan yesterday when the wind was much lighter. Magnolias starting to come out, a few rhododendrons and h*sts of g*lden d*ffod*ls. Went there and back with the roof down too. Bracing!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 01:50 PM

Spring sleet and wind is over here. Never mind, this too shall pass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 02:27 PM

Snow here in ten days or so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,bbc
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 09:27 PM

Nope, not till my birthday!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM

Hi After wettest Winter weather I can remember we had a change about a month ago. Managed to mow my lawns then.

This week , still dry but now in the daytime much warmer.

Actually got some gardening done and sat outside for lunch.

West is Best.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 02:57 PM

Croakarses dying back now, together with my snowdrops.

Daffodils on one side of the garden out, other side finished.

Just bought a new camera so have been busy out with it in the garden...

Mind you, I hope the Canadian Rockies are going to get some more ruddy snow before I get there next month. Sunshine is apparently living up to its name rather than the irony behind the naming of it. Lake Louise is making snow and Revelstoke isn't looking too hopeful which is a bugger as I booked three nights in a hotel and paid for them the other day.

Oh, back here in Blighty. I have had to cut my lawns three times already. They are green, lush and growing too fast.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 03:32 PM

I am posting too much
I think it is a symptom of exiting hibernation mode.
This too shall pass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 03:36 PM

Groundhog day hangover, Donuel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 05:57 PM

I went out into my garden wearing shorts this afternoon, and within thirty minutes I had acquired three vicious bites on my legs. I mean, what the bloody hell is biting me in MARCH!! Blood was running down both my legs fer chrissake. I didn't notice the first two culprits, but I saw the bloody thing third time round. It will bite no more. It was black, oval and about 5mm long. Little minibeastly bastard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on the Intel Quad Core
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 01:28 PM

The warmest February on record. By a HUGE margin.   Climate scientists panicking left right and centre. But the usual anti-science retards will deny it as usual.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 05:46 PM

That applied to December, Richard, but not to February, at least in the UK, which was more like average.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 07:54 PM

Saw my first robin today. Probably been robins before this but I don't get out much since I heard the surgeon say, "We may need a suture." Also today, I heard Blue Jays singing that distinct spring song. Since I can't replicate that song herein, I will interpret it for humans (English version). It goes, "Wanna fuck? Wanna fuck?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Mar 16 - 07:36 PM

It must be spring. An ant was wandering around my kitchen. I know there will be more soon. Eek!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 02:37 AM

After four years of drought, El Niña brought rain to California this winter. When there's been rain, I head for the desert to look for wildflowers. I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, and then to Death Valley National Park. The flowers were wonderful in both places. Death Valley was carpeted in gold.

Today I drove two retired nuns to Daffodil Hill, near Jackson in Amador County in the Gold Rush area. The people-planted daffodils were wonderful, but what I really loved were the wildflowers on the way to and from our destination. The redbuds were especially beautiful, and there were lots of California poppies. A fair amount of dark blue ceanothus bushes, too. No lupine yet - I think it's a bit too early.

And in July, we go on a wildflower tour in Zermatt, Switzerland.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 04:58 AM

Went for a walk along the bank of the river Mersey on Thursday. I found in flower: Lesser Celandine, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, Butterbur, Dogs Mercury and Spring Crocus. I also found the leaves of: Ramsons, Sweet Cicely, Cuckoo Pint, Autumn Crocus and several others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 05:56 AM

I remember when I lived oop north seeing lots of bistort, the stuff you roll up with egg, porridge oats and bacon fat to make Easter ledges pudding. It must grow in Cornwall but I haven't seen it. Moschatel will be out by now. I know one or two spots. I have a list of hundreds of plant species I found in Radcliffe in the early 1970s. It would have been longer but for the fact I wasn't very good with grasses ands sedges!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 06:02 AM

Steve - was it by any chance a Blandford fly that bit you? They're nasty little devils and found in the west country, often near rivers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 09:35 AM

Could be I suppose. It's a bit early and I haven't seen reports from Cornwall. I was unwell the next day and slept for hours in the afternoon. The bites have only just subsided.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 10:41 AM

Yes, Steve, we've got Bistort in the Mersey Valley but it's a bit early for it - haven't even seen the leaves yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 12:33 PM

As from previous posts, it's been a great winter. Lulled into a false sense of security by Old Man Winter, the bastard strikes Monday with a Nor'easter. Warnings/watches are out but alerts have yet to be issued and they may not be as the track is uncertain. Alas, the temperatures have dropped... -15C tonight... so this could be a real Nor'easter given that the cold air may stall the storm when it hits the Isthmus of Chignecto (The Isthmus of Chignecto is an isthmus bordering the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia which connects the Nova Scotia peninsula with North America.). I have seen us storm stayed for over three days with one of these late winter storms stalling over us but, given the weather over the last 15 years or so, even *I* have been lulled.

Nonetheless, I welcome the vernal equinox in the early hours of the morrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 05:54 PM

Spring will be back after an interruption from Winter Storm Regis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 12:46 AM

I came across an interesting piece on Equinox/Equilux. Take a look:


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Iain
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 05:32 AM

Just had 5 dry days in a row for the first time in months. The lambs can finally run around outside without getting instantly blathered in mud and do not have to worry about the river flooding and trapping them.
The odd ray of sunshine would be a bonus. Another year is now well under way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: bradfordian
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 06:53 AM

SPRING SONG Alan Bell

Early one evening as I strode along,
I heard a girl singing an old country song
To welcome the new days, the coming of spring,
The bleak winter over, new life to begin

CHORUS:
Love is a pleasure and love is a pain
Love is desire to share yet again
The sweetness of caring, the joy and the tears
Love everlasting, enduring the years

She sang it so sweetly, she sang it so fine
I thought of my own life and all that was mine
For having and holding are better than dreams
And lucky in love means, more than it seems

A time comes for living, a time comes for love
And spring is a good time to give all you have
For seasons will come and, so quickly roll on
As spring brings that young girl, to sing the old song


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKWcJ_MEGYQ


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 02:35 PM

This year's had the shortest I've known in my lifetime up to now.

The vernal equinox occurred last Sunday, 20th March, heralding the start of Spring but in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning,27th March, British Summer Time starts.

So Spring's only 7 days long!

I blame the cutbacks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 04:03 PM

Spring is coming.
He is?
Not *he* is, *it* is.
It is what?
It is coming.
What is coming?
Spring is coming.
He is?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 12:22 PM

It's not waiting till April for April showers here, in fact with the storms rolling through, March may go out unlike a lamb. At least it's not freezing cold now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 06:08 PM

In 1996 (IIRC), in Boston, MA, US, there was almost no snow all winter, until on April Fools' Day, with exquisite appropriateness, we woke up to about a foot of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 07:13 PM

....and the Mudcat forum finally sprung forward to Daylight Savings time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 08:43 PM

In stands of trees an 1/8th of a mile deep,
the red buds are so thick you see through them.
The cherry trees and magnolias are in full force.
The trees with a wash of fairly green started today to barely bud.
The fragrance of hyacinth comes through my open window.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 02:20 AM

Smell? Swell.

(. . . with apologies to Robert Zend.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 08:41 PM

We have had some gorgeous days here on the northeast Piedmont of North Carolina.

Driving to and from my mother's this weekend, up and across the mountains then down into the Kanawha Valley that I call home was a delight. Redbuds blooming all along the edge of the woods, down low, and the larger trees all different fuzzy shades of green, yellow, orange and pink as the leaf buds start to color up and unfurl.

Daffodils growing out in the middle of old fields or light woods, the only remaining trace of what were once old homesteads and houses.

In my yard, all but the latest jonquils and daffodils are faded. Tulips are at their prime, flowering almond and an old, very early spirea in full bloom, earliest azaleas approaching full bloom, and Quaker's Ladies are all over the front yard. Vinca minor blooming on the shady bank and my few hellebores putting on a good show.

Field garlic has infested several flowerbeds and is standing tall.

The juncos and most of the white-throated sparrows left early in the week. Most birds still in courting mode, but have a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers tending a nest of eggs that I don't think have hatched yet. Several pregnant squirrels, aka tree rats, building birthing nests up in the oak trees.

And it is NCAA Basketball tournament time! Go Tarheels!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 09:21 PM

What plant are you calling field garlic?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Fossil
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 10:35 PM

Spring is not here, it's autumn. Mind you, it's still 25 Centigrade outside, so quite nice. (What that is in obsolete USdegrees I have no idea, shorts 'n T-shirt weather anyway).

Mind you, also - I live in the Southern Hemisphere. Like the rest of you, we have just had the equinox, but the days are getting shorter and the overnight temperatures are going down. At least my woodpile is full, in readiness for when it actually starts getting cold!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 03:28 PM

That's 77 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 03:44 PM

HORTUS IV says ; better than chives from bulb unless a dog has wizzed on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 05:26 PM

Mud, mud, glo-ri-ous mud....'tis the season. (southern New England)


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 05:47 PM

Spring has sprung
The grass has ris
I wonder where
The birdies is?

Some say the bird is on the wing
But that's absurd
Everyone knows
The wing is on the bird.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 10:30 PM

Money's short and times are hard,
So here's your fu#kin' Easter card.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 26 Mar 16 - 12:54 AM

Fossil, always enjoy posts regarding not only the season, but also about the seasonal flora and fauna south of the equator, around the globe, and especially that part of the globe that occupies two hemispheres different from the two my body happens to reside within.

Steve Shaw - Allium vineale is the species of field/wild garlic to which I refer. Occasionally will run across wild onion (Allium canadense) on walks, but field garlic is by far the predominate species here, and judging by taste and smell, the only winter/early spring wild allium growing in my garden beds or yard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Mar 16 - 05:27 PM

Ah, that one. The one which, when consumed by dairy cattle, makes milk and cheese taste garlicky! We have a lot of three-cornered garlic in Cornwall, Allium triquetrum, which some people use in cookery. The nicest one, very abundant in these parts, is Allium ursinum, which we call ramsons or just wild garlic. Adds a nice mild garlicky touch to any dish you like.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:35 AM

GLORIOUS weather in SE New Brunswick, Canada. In like a lamb, out like a lamb this year. I am LOVIN IT! I hope we have a long spring and a moderate summer like we had last year. Of course, with the snow cover we have (WAY down from last year), well, we shall see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:49 PM

I have 60 hyacinths by the front door.

You can cut the aroma with a knife.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:56 PM

I had a pot of hyacinths in the house. I swooned every time I went into the room, so moved it into the porch. Then I swooned every time I came home, so I moved it outside. Walking through one of those department stores where the ladies' perfumery department occupies the whole of the shop just inside the entrance has the same effect on me. I have to hold my breath and proceed with great speed to get through it. I don't want to die.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM

....nothing quite like it for cool-ing the blood....


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 09:01 AM

It didn't snow last night, so maybe it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 10:05 AM

It snowed here in Yorkshire today! But only for a few minutes. Tail end of winter storm Katie I suspect. Lovely outside now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 04:00 PM

Nasty March squalls today. Got Mum about 300' from the house in the "Iron Overcoat"* and she said, "I don't want to go." I turned the car around and took her home. Sigh.

* CW Gary Owens short story 1987


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