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Friday, February 17, 2012

Spring Blossoms in February

Look, what I saw today!


If all goes well, we should have pears again this year for making pies and compote. This tree did not produce last year, so I'm hoping it will this year. It's not mine, but I have permission to pick as many as I want from the owner. They are the green, hard ones that nobody wants, but they are excellent for baking, juicing and making compote with cinnamon and honey!


The Carolina Jasmine or "jessamine" (aka Yellow or Confederate Jasmine) or more properly Gelsemium sempervirens is one of my favorites. I find the faint, delicate scent intoxicating - as do the bees. It reminds me of a little flower called Himmelschluessel (Heaven's Keys) that conjure up childhood memories of field trips in Germany. Here it's known as Cowslip and is often confused with Oxlip (photos below)

Primula Veris (Cowslip)
    often confused with Primula Elatior (Oxlip)





and this concludes our little horticultural lesson for today - hope you enjoyed it! Happy weekend y'all!

10 comments:

Babydoll1962 Kreativ Ecke said...

beneidenswert! Wir frieren uns hier noch die Nase ab!
alles liebe an dich
Tschüss
Doris

Silke said...

I know, isn't it amazing this spring!! Here, the azaleas are starting to bloom, the Asian magnolias are almost done and the ornamental pears are going to bloom soon now. Everything is so early this year! But I'm not complaining...

Glad you are enjoying flowers and sunshine! Hugs, Silke

Renee said...

The problem we have here next to the mountains (Sierra Nevada's) is it will get lovely and warm and fool the trees. And then, BOOM, freeze again. So heartbreaking. Thankfully it doesn't happen every year.

Have a good weekend.
Renee :)

Renee said...

We haven't had much winter here in Nevada, but I am sooooo ready for spring. LOL.

Have a good weekend.
Renee :)

sprinkles said...

What beautiful flowers!

Chatty Crone said...

Guess the ground hog was wrong - here too! sandie

Hey Doris they changed word verification and it is so much harder now. Take a look!

Ima Weed said...

I have not seen that beautiful yellow Carolina Jasmine here in KY but I would love to experience the scent and Keys to Heaven is a wonderful name for a flower.

Ann said...

I'm enjoying all your pictures as the snow flies outside my window :)
The pear tree I have in my yard also has those green hard pears. I've never done anything with them since they taste horrible.

Janine said...

Wie beneidenswert, ich kann den Frühling kaum erwarten. Die Blüten sind wunderschön.

Anonymous said...

Hello from CA, love seeing your beautiful pictures & nature adventures. So sorry about Mr Giz, RIP.