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.”

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At David Crockett State Park

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2 thoughts on “It’s a spring thing

  1. Like the writer of this article, I love the colors of spring and always grow impatient for the song of the birds, the bright green of new grass and leaves, and of course all those beautiful blossoms and flowers. Spring renews something inside of me that makes me feel somehow younger and happier and more optimistic – love the article and photos.

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  2. Seeing these pictures makes me homesick. I grew up in Lawrence county and this article brought back so many precious memories. Running barefoot in a field of grass, riding my horse in the sunshine and playing at the park. My mother also loved wild flowers and looked for them wherever she went. We found flowers pressed in many of her books after she passed away. Thank you for your article and pictures that brought back the innocent, unencumbered memories of childhood.

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