Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Say's Who?

 Well we don't have lilacs here in northern Florida, but the Chinaberry tree is now in bloom
and let me tell you how sweet this large flower is to me!
 Each little floret is like a little orchid bloom but the smell is sweet and almost fruity.
 It is listed as an invasive species mostly because each of these berries left from the Fall,
will drop soon and they have a HIGH propagation rate--a grove can appear if you are not a careful gardener! 
 I love the shape of this tree and the open and airiness of its structure;  
it is not leaving the yard in my lifetime!
 Another tree that Bill has been nurturing is called the Orchid tree
 It will grow to 30' even though it is now only 36"!  
Not much in the way of aroma but the large flower sure is beautiful!
And look who visited today just to pick a bouquet of all the purple little blooms
growing wild in the back of the property!
(Ella with a handful of Bay Lobelia)


To me the first day of Spring is the Vernal Equinox, 
March 21.
Imagine my angst when I read that not only is the vernal equinox today, so is Spring!

From the Farmer's Almanac:
Traditionally, we’ve celebrated the first day of spring on March 21, but astronomers and calendar manufacturers alike now say that the spring season starts one day earlier, March 20, in all time zones in North America.

When Is The First Day of Spring in 2019?

In 2019, we greet spring with the Vernal Equinox on Wednesday, March 20th, at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time.

When is the First Day of Spring in 2020?

Believe it or not, we greet spring in 2020 on Thursday, March 19, 2020! Even earlier!

How could the first day of spring change from year to year?

There are a few reasons why seasonal dates can vary from year to year. The first is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons.
I am sticking to traditions and not going to be affected by any facts.
So there.
Happy last day of Winter.


  1. I was caught by surprise by the proclamations of spring this morning. It's 31 degrees here so it just doesn't feel right to me either.
    Love the blooms. My mother had the most beautiful lilac. I used to love to just sniff it. She would have killed us if we had picked any flowers off of it. I never had any luck trying to grow one.

  2. Considering what this year has already brought your way, illnesses and what not, I say celebrate Spring whenever you want. Heck you could have done it up Feb 28th and I would have cheered right along with you!

  3. Well, we always called March 20th the first day of addition to it being my Mom's birthday!

  4. It looks like there is all kinds of Spring there, regardless of what the calendar says.

  5. No matter which day ...........I am HAPPY to see spring!!!

    Your flowers are beautiful. Orchid trees were one of my favorites too. I imagine the cassia trees must be blooming now too. They were plentiful on Riverside Drive in Jax.

  6. Aaah, Spring is a welcome change: I yearn for COLOR.

  7. Spring or winter - i'm very jealous of your blooms!
    They say my Butterfly bush is an invasive species too - but well tended, it behaves itself!

  8. Ella is adorable, way more beautiful than any flower.


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