ELDER MUSIC: Unusual Instruments
No Happy Endings

Spring? In February?

Don't tell the grandkids but when I was little, instead of President's Day, we had Abraham Lincoln's birthday AND George Washington's birthday – both of them holidays. Now school children get just one day off in February.

Most of “official” U.S. shuts down today – if you count all local, state and federal government offices, banks, the Postal Service and schools. So I'm taking off today too or, at least, writing something that takes zero intellectual effort.

Just this one note: it surprises me but spring is making itself known already. Green shoots are in evidence around my place and last week, pink blossoms started popping out on this bush:

Pink blossoms

Then, after weeks and weeks and weeks of chilly, gray overcast, with and without rain, this is what it looked like chez Bennett last Friday – bright, early morning sun foretelling of more to come.

Morning Sun

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Ellen Younkins: Cabin Fever


Enjoy your day, Ronni. What a lovely view from your window, very pleasing to the eye, not to mention comfy and restful.

Since my birthday is Feb. 12, Lincoln's B'day, I used to always have a holiday from school. And, my parents' anniversary was Feb. 22, so they got a holiday for celebration as well. President's Day ruined all that.

The scenery from your window
is beautiful.
Looks like a painting :)

Your Daphne is looking good and should smell good too.

Ronni--I scratched my head, this morning, trying to recall if you had given us a fore-warning of your impending absence. That you decided to take a holiday off is a relief.

Pilgrm--Thanks for the identification.

Spring in February, who'd have expected it? Not me. I expect the middle of summer and searing heat (which is what I'm getting).

Pilgrim and Cop Car...
Not daphne. I know daphne. This is not daphne. But I don't know what it is.

Cop Car...
Re absence. I set blog stories to publish automatically at 5:30AM Pacific time and went on with my life today assuming that had taken place as usual.

Until a reader emailed to ask why her daily dose of TGB was missing.

Ahem - somehow, I set the story to post at 5:30AM on 18 February but with the year 2015.

I've no idea how that happened.

That looks like a variegated dogwood to me. We used to have them in our backyard, but I think the winter was too harsh and the deer too hungry. You can check and compare here http://www.aboutdogwood.com/dogwood_bush.shtml
We are still long from spring. I am quite envious of the green and flowering.

A little better site on dogwoods for indentifying: http://www.naturehills.com/bushes-and-shrubs/dogwood-shrubs

The snowdrops began flowering about two weeks ago here in central Jersey. The daffodil leaves are about two-to-three inches out of the ground...maybe we will have flowers for the Welsh celebration of St. David's Day on March 1st.
[I was also looking for this morning's post...thought maybe you took President's Day off.]

Pretty sure it is Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’ check this pict at 7 Dees http://www.dennis7dees.com/garden-centers/plants-products/plants-for-winter-interest/daphne-odora-aureo-marginata-4-x-4-part-shade-april-march-bloom-a/.

Ronni, your flower has us intrigued. I assumed they were daphne bushes when we visited and thought how wonderful the perfume would be. So I'm sorry they're not. But we'll need another photo in full flower!

What a lovely early morning sun shot!! Look forward to that happening HERE one fine day!

Certainly not doubting your botany, Ronni, just curious. As for bushfires, I'm a devout coward, so if they get close, I'm outta there!

Beautiful photos!

I'm with Celia...I'm almost positive that it is Daphne Odora! I have some in my front yard, and it looks identical! It is one of my favorite plants because of the wonderfully fragrant flowers. There are other daphnes, and what you knew as 'daphne' may, indeed, have been one of the others. If the odor is heavenly, once the flowers open, it is Daphne Odora! :-)

As I stated above, these blossoms have no fragrance.

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