Its Here Already


The evidence is everywhere. One of my neighbors has daffodils in bloom. Dogwoods are about to burst into their whiteness. I saw a crocus. Dandelions have already gone to seed. Another neighbor has azaleas blooming by her patio. Wow! Mid March and there are azaleas in bloom. Tiny new leaves on the bare trees are making their greenness visible.

Could this be a redbud, awakened from its winter slumber?

My Arranger and I are now living in a senior retirement community. With this virus thing touching all aspects of our life, we are focused on maintaining proper separation from our fellows. We’re not going anywhere (buying plants for the porch will have to wait). But that doesn’t mean I can’t take a walk around our grounds on a warm Saturday afternoon and get close to the spring newness I see around me. 

The pines are putting out their new needles, and the rain we had last night left puddles in spots, filled with yellow…pine pollen. Alas, it’s time to begin the daily dusting of the porch furniture.

There is uncertainty about the impact of the virus on our lives, but it is reassuring to know the cycle of life is continuing. A walk in the garden made my day.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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16 Responses to Its Here Already

  1. Barbara Speir says:

    My yard has been in full bloom since January and February. It started with the February Gold jonquils, blood root and camellias, Pieris, edgeworthia, Lenten Roses and other little blue and white flowering bulbs came next
    Now the 3 dogwoods that came up from seeds are blooming for the very first time and it is exciting. I am being cautious about the Coronavirus but working in the yard is really kicking up my allergies. I think tomorrow I will stay in and do my taxes!
    The redbuds are the prettiest I ever remember. The greenway at Morehead and Kings Drive has an abundance of them and the are beautiful. Happy Spring!


  2. Cathy says:

    Really appreciating my garden at the moment. Have a good Sunday, John!


  3. Yes, the blooms are opening just in time to keep spirits up. My redbuds and silverbells (Halesia carolina) are flowering and the dogwood is just on the cusp. Stay safe!


  4. Cathy says:

    Good to hear you are well and enjoying the first signs of spring John! We had a lovely warm day for inspecting new growth on Friday, but then a north wind brought us freezing temperatures again today! I wish people would grow redbud here. It is such a lovely bright shrub for early spring. Take care!


  5. pbmgarden says:

    Hi John, rivers of yellow pollen here too after the rain. Glad you can get out and enjoy the beauty of spring. Good health to you.


  6. Spring is coming here as well, but it’s got a ways to go. Today we woke to an inch of snow on the ground.


  7. bittster says:

    A walk outside is the best medicine, and I’m glad you have that escape available. All the best to you and your family. I hope we can get a step ahead of this virus before summer.


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