It’s a spring thing

We are blessed in Lawrence County with the arrival of another beautiful spring.

A North Military Avenue lawn is clothed in spring blossoms.
A North Military Avenue lawn is clothed in spring blossoms.

Winter officially ended March 20, but continues to produce a few frosty nights. That’s why gardeners should wait until April 15 to set out tender plants. It’s the “frost date” for this region, which means a killing frost could occur until then. If you can wait a bit longer, the annual Lawrence County Master Gardeners’ Plant sale is set for Saturday, April 30 at the Extension Service on Buffalo Road.IMG_0600

IMG_0593Mother Nature operates on her own calendar, though, so tender shoots and flowers of every kind are bursting out everywhere. From the new, filmy green in our woods to the tulips and daffodils in our lawns, we see her warm-weather work everywhere.IMG_0626

An early Easter ushers in the switch to spring fashions (including white shoes) this Sunday, March 27.  Dogwood blossoms will be making their appearance then, because their branches are heavy with budding promise.IMG_0543

Photos can capture small pieces of spring, but fail to do it justice. The artist David Hockney explains it well: “I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.”

At David Crockett State Park