Apr 30, 2006

Pewter Skies, Fuchsia Blossoms

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(Toledo, OH) The dreary late April weather in Toledo today did not prevent our crabapple tree from exploding into a flowery pink supernova.

A favorite of the squirrels, birds, and sundry other animals that populate my neighborhood, this tree and its brilliant pink petals traditionally signal to me that planting can begin in my gardens.

I did sneak a few hardier seeds and crowns in the ground already (marigolds and asparagus), but I use the arrival of the crabapple blossoms as my cue to get busy sowing seeds.

9 comments:

Maggie Thurber said...

Great photo of the crabapple tree - we've got two in our yard that are just as beautiful. However, being right on the water, it's a bit too early for us to start planting...

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,

Pictures are totally absent from your blog for the past two days.

In this case, it doesn't matter. All I have to do is look out the family room doors at my own glorious flowering crab!

What a site!

Pewter skies and fuchsia blossoms indeed.

The combination is both heartwarming and disheartening at the same time.

liberal_dem said...

Spring has sprung and the grass has rizz;

Oh what a beautiful season it is!

Hooda Thunkit said...

Pictures are working again, cockpit problems (FireFox settings)...

historymike said...

Thanks, Maggie. How much cooler does it get by the water?

historymike said...

Good to hear, Hooda. The non-IE browsers are intriguing, but they sometimes have trouble interfacing with the IE-dominated Internet.

historymike said...

Agreed, LD. Nothing seems beyond the realm of possibility when spring arrives.

Maggie Thurber said...

Depending on the wind direction and speed, it can be 10 degrees (or more) cooler right on the water. Those Easterly (nne to se) winds over the cold Maumee Bay can be pretty biting.

Our rule is no planting before Mother's day, unless it's a cold weather vegetable that's already been growing outside. That limits us to certain lettuces and vidalia onions (yum!).

-Sepp said...

All my stuff is out too with the lillies waiting for their shot to show off.