Thursday, April 03, 2008

YES!!!! Spring is here........finally!

This is a picture of what they commonly call a 'pussy willow' bush here in Michigan. I don't know what name they go by anywhere else or even if they grow in other states....but I'm sure they must. The pussy willow is one of the first trees/bushes to bud out in the spring. As you can see, this one has a good start already. The little gray buds are very soft to the touch........like a little gray kitten. Probably why someone named it the pussy willow.

And this is one of the maple trees in our yard. It is usually the first one to bud. I don't know if you can see in the photo, but the buds are actually a red color and they look so velvety and soft. I don't know how they feel. The tree limbs are much too high for me to be able to touch them and this old lady is NOT getting on a ladder just to feel some buds, no matter how soft they look!

So you see, all we had to do is be a little patient and wait for the warmer weather to arrive. Now by the standards of those of you who live in the southern United Sates, I'm sure our temps of 56ยบ for today don't seem warm to you. But for us, they are a welcome relief to the 20's and 30's that we have been experiencing!

I told you all it would arrive soon! So get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I did a little outside work today and it felt so good to feel the sunshine beating on my back.

8 comments:

Shawny Sun said...

Hey I bet the sunshine did feel great! Wednesday was our beautiful day. But today has been rainy and cold! Anyway glad things are finally getting to be more like spring for you. Hugs

Rachel said...

Yeah, 56 is a little cold here, but it isn't 40 or 30. Our lows tonight aren't supposed to go below the mid 50's. But we have nothing but rain and rain for tonight and tomorrow.

Tracy said...

I have a weeping pussywillow tree in my yard, and it is budding also! How cool! My tree is only about two feet tall, but it is still so cute. Nice to see it after all this snow we have had! It has been buried until recently!
THINK SPRING!!!! 60's this weekend around here!!!

Renee said...

It's about time, huh? I'm loving all the green!

Lori said...

I haven't seen pussy willows for ever. The sun is starting to shine here, too. Hurray!

Curly-Que said...

Warming up here too! FINALLY! Gonna be almost 60 today and sunny! We'll be playin hard today!

Pearl said...

Thank goodness spring is finally here. Just having the sunshine reflect off some green is just wonderful. The color brown gets a little overwhelming after a few months.
So happy you were able to get out and enjoy yourself. Take care.

Hugs,

Smalltown RN said...

oh my friend it has been a long winter....isn't it wonderful to see the signs of Spring.....it's still cool for this time of year...only 5 celcius today....normally this time of year we are around 10 -12....

How is everyone in your family...your daughter and daughter in law? Things working out ok?

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