Central Texas is due for a few more nights in the low 40s and upper 30s, but I belive we’ve seen the last hard freeze. Pecans will not be fooled by a false spring. Right now, buds are poised but the tender leaves are held tightly in place by protective scales.
If you observe Pecan, we have four distinct seasons. Winter is naked branch season. Leaf buds and catkins are true Spring. Summer sun develops the pecans, and in Autumn the pecans and leaves fall to the ground, the squirrels need a treadmill, and it all begins again.
Meanwhile, the roses prepare new canes,
The arugula is thriving.
After a good rain, I pick Cleavers to dry for a spring tonic tea.
Here’s a dandy lion among his own.
A few more cold mornings will use the logs and kindling. Rain alternating with bright sun and chilly air. Don’t forget to observe the sky on these crisp days.
I like to think that no matter how much the world around us changes, the sky above is much the same as our ancestors saw. Think of the Linda Hogan quote, “You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Hold that thought. We’ll let you know when it’s safe to put in the tomatoes.
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