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BS: Spring is here

14 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM (#3778750)
Subject: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

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


14 Mar 16 - 09:10 AM (#3778762)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Raggytash

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.


14 Mar 16 - 11:08 AM (#3778779)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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!


14 Mar 16 - 01:50 PM (#3778815)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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


14 Mar 16 - 02:27 PM (#3778821)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#

Snow here in ten days or so.


14 Mar 16 - 09:27 PM (#3778874)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,bbc

Nope, not till my birthday!

Barbara


15 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM (#3779039)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,MikeL2

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


15 Mar 16 - 02:57 PM (#3779046)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Musket

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.


15 Mar 16 - 03:32 PM (#3779064)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

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


15 Mar 16 - 03:36 PM (#3779065)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Groundhog day hangover, Donuel.


15 Mar 16 - 05:57 PM (#3779080)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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.


16 Mar 16 - 01:28 PM (#3779244)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on the Intel Quad Core

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.


16 Mar 16 - 05:46 PM (#3779311)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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


16 Mar 16 - 07:54 PM (#3779336)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

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?"


18 Mar 16 - 07:36 PM (#3779694)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass

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


19 Mar 16 - 02:37 AM (#3779719)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer

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-


19 Mar 16 - 04:58 AM (#3779741)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod

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.


19 Mar 16 - 05:56 AM (#3779749)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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!


19 Mar 16 - 06:02 AM (#3779751)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Will Fly

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.


19 Mar 16 - 09:35 AM (#3779787)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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.


19 Mar 16 - 10:41 AM (#3779799)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod

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.


19 Mar 16 - 12:33 PM (#3779832)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

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.


19 Mar 16 - 05:54 PM (#3779879)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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


20 Mar 16 - 12:46 AM (#3779910)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer

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


20 Mar 16 - 05:32 AM (#3779943)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Iain

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.


20 Mar 16 - 06:53 AM (#3779951)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: bradfordian

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


22 Mar 16 - 02:35 PM (#3780457)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST

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!


22 Mar 16 - 04:03 PM (#3780472)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F

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


23 Mar 16 - 12:22 PM (#3780630)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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.


23 Mar 16 - 06:08 PM (#3780723)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F

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.


23 Mar 16 - 07:13 PM (#3780736)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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


23 Mar 16 - 08:43 PM (#3780749)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

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.


24 Mar 16 - 02:20 AM (#3780773)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#

Smell? Swell.

(. . . with apologies to Robert Zend.)


24 Mar 16 - 08:41 PM (#3780956)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

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!


24 Mar 16 - 09:21 PM (#3780964)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

What plant are you calling field garlic?


24 Mar 16 - 10:35 PM (#3780974)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Fossil

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!


25 Mar 16 - 03:28 PM (#3781179)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#

That's 77 degrees Fahrenheit.


25 Mar 16 - 03:44 PM (#3781183)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

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


25 Mar 16 - 05:26 PM (#3781219)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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


25 Mar 16 - 05:47 PM (#3781235)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome

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.


25 Mar 16 - 10:30 PM (#3781317)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#

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


26 Mar 16 - 12:54 AM (#3781331)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

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.


26 Mar 16 - 05:27 PM (#3781562)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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.


27 Mar 16 - 05:35 AM (#3781639)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

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.


27 Mar 16 - 05:49 PM (#3781740)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

I have 60 hyacinths by the front door.

You can cut the aroma with a knife.


27 Mar 16 - 05:56 PM (#3781744)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

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.


28 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM (#3781897)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

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


29 Mar 16 - 09:01 AM (#3782030)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee

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


29 Mar 16 - 10:05 AM (#3782035)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome

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


29 Mar 16 - 04:00 PM (#3782099)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

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


30 Mar 16 - 10:02 AM (#3782246)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

Sex everywhere you look
Strewn on the ground and
covering windshields
Spring is here
and its messy.

The forest is now opaque with buds and leaves of fairy green


30 Mar 16 - 05:43 PM (#3782336)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Forecast warms of a storm system which will bring high winds, rain, and thunder. So much for going out like a lamb.


30 Mar 16 - 08:19 PM (#3782349)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee

Snow on the ground yesterday morning and this morning, but it melted off without problem both times. Now the weather is supposed to clear up and the first sign of Spring will be Friday or Saturday: the yard gets cleaned up from it winter debris.


30 Mar 16 - 10:16 PM (#3782369)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

Confess I can not abide more than the slightest hint of the scent of hyacinths. When my sister died many years ago, in the midst of winter, some one sent a lovely planter of forced hyacinths that flooded the house with their aroma for days. They are quite overpowering indoors. Carries me back to too much sadness.


31 Mar 16 - 09:16 AM (#3782435)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Ed T

End of winter 


31 Mar 16 - 01:30 PM (#3782476)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Llanfair

Frost this morning in Wales, warm and sunny all day, the weeping willow is a haze of light green, well grown lambs in the valley fields, younger ones up here in the hills.
Wild garlic, mint, rhubarb, lemon balm and quince all early and growing well. Fruit trees showing green buds, as is the giant sycamore.
Hopefully now the solar panels can start earning their keep.


31 Mar 16 - 05:25 PM (#3782504)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F

At any rate, spring is here, even in London N.1, and they can't stop you enjoying it. This is a satisfying reflection. How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can't. So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.
-- George Orwell, "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad" (April 1946)


31 Mar 16 - 06:26 PM (#3782516)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

Mrs Steve and I went to the RHS garden at Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon, this afternoon. Blue sky and mild weather made for a great day out. They have some magnificent trees there, the best ones being Himalayan birch with its paper white bark, English oak and tulip tree. We were a bit early for the magnolias and camellias. They have great swathes of narcissi growing in grass. My favourites are Narcissus bulbocodium, the hoop-petticoat (which we saw growing wild in the Picos de Europa in Spain years ago) and N. cyclamineus, cyclamen-flowered daffodil. There's a beautiful little lake there with a backdrop that changes dramatically through the seasons. So much promise.


31 Mar 16 - 07:51 PM (#3782527)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee

We have daffodils flowering. And yes indeed, Spring is here! This morning I saw a robin frozen to the ground.


01 Apr 16 - 06:54 AM (#3782581)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

16C today!


01 Apr 16 - 04:20 PM (#3782672)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Weekend forecast still going on about snow. Enough already.


04 Apr 16 - 03:19 PM (#3783387)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Snow today, mud tomorrow?


04 Apr 16 - 09:35 PM (#3783450)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F

Made it to the supermarket & back; fell only once. Could be worse.


04 Apr 16 - 10:09 PM (#3783455)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass

Spring is here? Where? I thought I'd found it, but it fled.

Ouch, Joe F.


07 Apr 16 - 01:12 PM (#3784034)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Spring is around here somewhere. Rain instead of the snow that fell a few days ago, and the snow is melting. The nights have been very cold though for April.


08 Apr 16 - 02:27 PM (#3784257)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Blue sky AND black clouds at the same time.
Direct sunshine AND pouring rain at the same time.
I looked for a rainbow. But the sun seemed to be straight overhead and rainbows are hard to see when the sun is not at an angle.
Heck of a wind blowing as well.

The trees don't quite know when to do what they know how to do. They're sort of standing around, bare, and expectant....like "Mother, may I?"


08 Apr 16 - 08:36 PM (#3784303)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass

A possibility of snow tomorrow. Noooo! However, it may pass south of me. If you are south of me, I hope it passes south of you, too! (I figure "south of me" covers a lot of territory--say, all the way down to the equator. Although I may make an exception for those states to which some RIers have fled to avoid snow.)


08 Apr 16 - 08:53 PM (#3784305)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

The sun's always "at an angle" unless you live somewhere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn where the sun will be overhead on just one or two days of the year. At present, the sun will be overhead a few degrees north of the equator, in which case your trees would be in the condition you describe only if you lived many thousands of feet up a mountain, somewhere at the bottom end of Central America or thereabouts. Alternatively, you could be looking in the wrong direction for your rainbows.


12 Apr 16 - 11:49 AM (#3784891)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

No rainbows today, only rain. The wind has quieted down at least, so the weather isn't totally changing every thirty minutes, like last week.


12 Apr 16 - 01:27 PM (#3784921)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Stringsinger

Spring has sprung, the pollen has ris,
Wonder where the birdies is?


15 Apr 16 - 03:15 PM (#3785506)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

You watch the birdies. I'm watching the trees.

Bare trees, they are. For the first time, buds are visibly swelling. The trees are still behaving like, Mother, may I? Really? You sure about that?

The tulips, I will allow, have got their green leaves pushed out and flopping over in the wind.

And that clear blue sky overhead. Maybe, just maybe, there will be no more Ess-word for a while.


16 Apr 16 - 01:44 PM (#3785635)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Warm weather for the Patriot's Day weekend and marathon, even warmer than seasonal by the day of the race. The poor runners, in truth, will find it positively hot in the sunshine.

The trees will go for it now. I just looked at the flowering trees in the public library parking lot, and their buds are ready to POP. No turning back now.


16 Apr 16 - 02:48 PM (#3785647)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

Satin flowers peeping from the hedge banks like little stars as you swoosh by in your car. Two weeks to the annual bluebell walk. Real bluebells, not those Spanish interlopers.


19 Apr 16 - 02:43 PM (#3786119)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Still waiting for the trees to bud. Stringsinger, the birdies are about. Geese flying in formation. And at dawn, the songbirds sound different. I never did study songbird calls, but sounds like some of the seasonal birds are back. And then there are the nonbird calls -- those peeping frogs have been going gangbusters in the marshlands.


19 Apr 16 - 08:49 PM (#3786184)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

Wheatears are back but not in numbers. Chiffchaffs and sand martins. No sedge warblers as yet, the tone-deaf of the bird world. Confounded bloody blue tit going like the clappers outside the window way too early this morning, started up at sparrow's-fart, as we say. grr. Horrid Spanish bluebells everywhere.


19 Apr 16 - 10:54 PM (#3786194)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

Redbuds setting their edible pods. Grab 'em quick while small or they will be too tough. Later azaleas in full bloom, and dogwoods just starting to fade. Fringe trees and lilacs starting to offer up their heady scents on the breeze. Birds courting and nesting all over the place. Roadside and garden spring flowers profuse and lovely. Roses will be blooming soon.

Andlotsandlotsoftreepollenpollen. Did I mention tree pollen?

Allergies the worst they have been in several years. I rarely use over-the-counter stuff - usually just tough it out. But this year better living through chemistry is probably keeping me out of the hospital and off of antibiotics. This year, the generic equivalents of Zyrtec and Mucinex DM are my friends.

Prefer the pollen to all the April Snow in the Rockies and the flooding in Houston. Guess it always pays to count blessings, eh?


20 Apr 16 - 07:08 AM (#3786246)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

If I go outside for five minutes with any bit of me unprotected, I get bitten to pieces by mozzies or their detestable allies. For some reason it's very bad this year. I've tried everything but only 50% deet works for me. Those so-called non-drowsy antihistamine tablets work well but leave me in zombie mode. I'd much rather have the summer cleggies. They drain me of my lifeblood but their bites don't make me itch, oddly.


20 Apr 16 - 01:36 PM (#3786315)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

DANDELIONS!!


20 Apr 16 - 06:00 PM (#3786372)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F

Yes, dandelions! I just picked three of them & put them in my window.


20 Apr 16 - 06:23 PM (#3786377)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

It's traditional to make dandelion wine on St George's Day, April 23, but I've always found that dandelion flowers are far more abundant a week or two later. Remove the hollow stalks but don't bother taking off the green bracts under the yellow bits. Dandelion wine is one of the best home wines, along with rose hip.


20 Apr 16 - 06:49 PM (#3786383)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Steve, did you ever find out what bit you in March, and required you to get extra sleep? And is the critter still out there biting?


20 Apr 16 - 09:10 PM (#3786404)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

I didn't, though Will's suggestion was valid. My being unwell the next day could well have been a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc, though, if it was, it was an odd coincidence. The weather was dry and windy today with low humidity so I braved the outside world with no deet protection. I did get two bites close to sunset which I think were by mozzies. On the whole you're never going to catch anything to worry about from insects in the UK. We went to Italy twice in 2013, almost to the same area (Amalfi coast and Bay of Naples),just three weeks apart, and I got no bites in September but was horribly afflicted three weeks later. I'm pretty sure it was mozzies. I still have a huge scar on one leg. Oddly, I can be bitten to pieces by horseflies in summer with no ill effects.


19 Mar 17 - 04:05 PM (#3845714)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

First day of spring shortly. Looking back at this thread is nostalgic in more ways than one. It was just before GUESTs were banned in the BS threads.


19 Mar 17 - 04:55 PM (#3845723)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou

Oilseed rape fields are just beginning to come into flower here in Norfolk. The pollen absolutely slays my poor husband, and his eyes and nose are streaming already. It looks as if all the farmers round about have chose rape this year for their main crop. Oh Lord!

Talking of clegs, Norfolk has a rather unusual type that is browner than the normal ones, and their bites make huge lumps the size of ping pong balls come up on my legs. They weep for days, itch like mad and go crusty. I avoid visiting water gardens and anywhere marshy. A colleague years ago was very badly bitten all over her legs, and she was wearing stout denim jeans. It didn't stop the little monsters from getting through the thick material. She had to go to the doctor, as the bites all went septic.
I saw two red admiral butterflies this morning on my tubs of hyacinths. And the field up the road has some darling little lambs.


19 Mar 17 - 08:35 PM (#3845747)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Elmore

Here in the mountains of North Georgia the first couple of weeks in March were colder than the rest of winter. Things are improving though.


19 Mar 17 - 11:07 PM (#3845757)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Amos

Our blue and white phlox are burgeoning. It is something. The redbud tree was blooming but went sullen when the freeze hit; I expect it will come out of it. The rolling hills of North Carolina are just raring to bust out with green and color, given half a chance.


20 Mar 17 - 05:03 AM (#3845773)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou

You're right Steve, nothing here in UK that bites one will do much harm to health (except perhaps an adder!) In W Africa, I've been bitten to death by mosquitoes, in spite of Deet and anything else I could get my hands on. I was told they particularly love white skin, although scientific experiments have shown they're actually drawn to black surfaces, and respond to carbon dioxide exhaled by warm-blooded mammals. Thank the Lord I took Malarone (anti-malarials) unlike some stupid idiots who don't bother, and risk their lives out in the Tropics.
My feet are badly scarred from numerous African mozzy bites. I always wear long skirts out there, but one's feet are exposed in sandals and they have a feast, especially in the evenings.

Speaking of adders, we have quite a few of those in Norfolk, in heathland habitats, and at this time of year they lie rather comatose on paths through the bracken. People tread on them without noticing their presence. But they aren't deadly, and very few bites are reported. No deaths for twenty years. I have no fear of snakes, quite like them actually.


20 Mar 17 - 06:16 AM (#3845784)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu

Eight more minutes!


20 Mar 17 - 07:01 AM (#3845790)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

Heard a chiffchaff yesterday but I think it was an overwintering one (quite a new phenomenon), not a migrant as they don't usually arrive until well into April. The great tits are going nuts. We've had hardly any sun for over a week. Damp and rotten and it's getting colder. There are bumble bees around and the scurvy grass is out.


20 Mar 17 - 07:29 AM (#3845793)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

"Darling lambs"

I looked up the interpretation of Sonnet 18 the other day, the one in which Shakespeare refers to the darling buds of May. Interestingly, the word "darling" probably refers to the changing of the flower buds from green to coloured as they open. Despite the affectionate context in which we use the word today, when applied to people it may originally have meant a pubescent girl blooming into young womanhood. I like that. I'll remember that the next time the checkout girl at the supermarket calls me "darling!"


20 Mar 17 - 07:31 AM (#3845794)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou

I worry about the bees and also the butterflies; it's far too cold and wet for them to find anything to eat in the way of nectar or pollen.

Those great tits are a blasted scourge (I know I'm in the RSPB but really!) on and on and on and on.... and we have a rather raucous blackbird who sits on our roof warbling (we use the term loosely) at dawn. More like a corncrake. Perhaps he has a sore throat. Our neighbours' one has a lovely fluid song.

Soon I suppose the Mad Swans will start walking down our village street right in the middle of the road with their poor cygnets struggling along behind exhausted. Why oh why do they do this every year? I've been in tears trying to slow down huge lorries in the hope of preventing a horrific squashing.


20 Mar 17 - 07:41 AM (#3845795)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou

Ah Steve, here in Norfolk the word is used instead of 'delightful' or even just 'nice'. One could say, "I met that darling old bwoy in the Pussed Orfice this mornin'." Or, "That darling little owd bairby hev grown since oi larst saw 'im!"

However, I hope the checkout lady was being totally sincere :)

By the way, my rather more savvy friend has informed me that one shouldn't say 'dear' any more, as it's patronising. I often say, "Thank you dear" in shops etc. But apparently it's now the height of dreadful, so I suppose I must stop.


20 Mar 17 - 08:36 AM (#3845807)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw

That could have been Cameron's fault with his "Calm down, dear!"


20 Mar 17 - 09:34 AM (#3845813)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou

Or Michael Winner.


20 Mar 17 - 11:36 AM (#3845834)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

After a ridiculously mild winter that was like a very long, early spring, March has thus far been very wintery. Fooled plants that respond more to temps than to day length are thoroughly ruined for this year.

The birds don't care though - Rampant courting everywhere I look. And mosquitos - did I mention mosquitos?

Must be Spring!


20 Mar 17 - 05:35 PM (#3845879)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

T. S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month.

Judging from the forecast, though, cruel weather could not wait for April.
A day or two, including today, will be well above freezing, with sunny skies, and much melting.
Then, later this week, temperatures will plunge: it will be at or sub-freezing DAY AND NIGHT with a bitter winter wind adding that wind-chill factor. That for several days straight.
Then the temperature wobbles upward somewhat for the weekend maybe.

Not sure how March is going to "go out" but right now the extremes are being worked in a pendulum swing.


21 Mar 17 - 09:28 AM (#3845958)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

It is a silent Spring here. All the hatched singing/chirping frogs were all killed off due to the mild February followed by a hard freeze.
Perhaps they may return with time.


21 Mar 17 - 12:59 PM (#3845983)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie

Not to worry about the frogs, Donuel. They just go back into hybernation.


21 Mar 17 - 04:34 PM (#3846021)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel

A minute ago I could not recall the name spring peepers.
I hate when that happens.

on another note I am thinking Jupiter has an oblong liquid hydrogen metal core that creates internal gravitational turbulence http://www.space.com/34457-jupiter-stripes-go-deep-juno-probe-reveals.html


22 Mar 17 - 12:29 AM (#3846086)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: EBarnacle

100. Beautiful, spring day today, cold tomorrow.


22 Mar 17 - 03:13 PM (#3846180)
Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu

Mad Swans! Good grief! I've only ever observed swans on the water from a distance.

What I hear about swans on this side of the ocean, is how intolerant they are towards geese. Now, Mad Geese, those I'm used to. They are a suburban annoyance, swaggering around parking lots and leaving "greetings" on sidewalks.

Though Spring be here officially, today Spring is bundled up against a thoroughly wintry wind. New England reminds me of the Four Corners on such days: sun, no clouds, bone dry, and that wind blowing. We still have snow on the grass as well.