Mar 16 2013

Greening Up

Published by at 7:00 am under Phenology,Plants

Honeysuckle leaves, 15 Mar 2013 (photo by Kate St. John)

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…

The first plant to open leaves in my neighborhood is always the invasive bush honeysuckle across the street.  Though I’m not fond of the species I’m always happy to see these particular bushes green up.  They’re one of my signs of Spring.

Yesterday, March 15, was the first time the leaves were green enough to see at a distance.

A year ago the hot weather put us well beyond honeysuckle leaves and into magnolia flowers by this date.

Here’s a picture from March 16,2012.

Magnolia flower opening, 16 March 2012 (photo by Kate St. John)

 

Frankly, I’m quite happy we’re having a normal spring.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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