March 23, 2015

Spring

Spring has arrived abruptly, suddenly. It isn't that unusual in Oklahoma; the weather bounces back and forth from winter to spring a few times before the seasons sort of fall into place. As soon as the plum trees bloomed, it seemed as though spring had arrived, at least as far as the plants are concerned.

The grass is turning green. The horses' pasture has tiny clover leaves. I can see a faint green tint to the trees on the ridge. Yellow daffodils are blooming down the road.


 

I found the first dandelion blooms this weekend. They always remind me of the two years we lived in Greece, when the local folk would forage for dandelion greens in the empty fields. The leaves are a nutritious addition to salads.

The wild onions are growing, and the local churches have had their annual "egg and wild onion breakfasts".

Oklahomans are beginning to hunt for morel mushrooms. We've had plenty of rain, and the weather has warmed up. When the redbud trees bloom, it's time to go morel hunting. I've never found one, but I wouldn't eat one anyway. Wild mushrooms are something that I won't take a chance on.


The yarrow is coming up.





I've found some mullein growing already too; I went looking for some last week. I have three spots where mullein grows. I checked the closest, then the next spot, but only found a few dried up leaves from last year. The tall dead stalks are landmarks in the field, guiding me to the patches. I searched the third patch, the farthest away from the house, and finally found a small green plant in the shelter of a tree trunk.



As I tore off a few of the leaves I realized there were three plants. I dug up the middle-sized one and planted it nearer the house so that hopefully I won't have to trek such a long distance the next time I need some leaves or flowers. So far it looks like it is happy in its new home.

The wild sand plums are blooming. I usually pick sand plums at a thicket down the road, but it looks as though the owners of the property are going to redo their fenceline and will probably remove all the brush and plants in the process. Fortunately I spotted a new patch of the white flowers out near our pond, so it looks like I'll have a new thicket of my own.

Yes, spring is here. We have the threat of severe weather this week with a possible tornado. I need to sweep out the storm shelter and get ready for tornado season, just in case.


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9 comments:

  1. Our weather fluctuates as well, but we are seemingly in the heat of summer already, all of a sudden.
    Hope the nasty weather passes you by. Stay safe.

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  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead1:41 PM

    Thank you, Daisy - the storm shelter is swept out and ready just in case.

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  3. Spring is definitely an exciting time full of hope after a long cold winter! I love seeing the plants come up.

    Praying you and yours do well through the storms.

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  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:15 PM

    Thank you, Jendi. We had hail and other scary stuff, but the tornadoes stayed out west.

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  5. Your spring landscape is lovely! But I pray the tornado doesn't do any harm!

    Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:38 AM

    Thank you, Jes.

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  7. Hey Kathi, I am so glad that spring has sprung in your part of the world. I also pray that you aren't affected by Tornadoes. May God be with you all. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  8. I can't believe you guys are already to mushroom weather. So jealous! Thanks you so much for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing what you share this week!

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  9. You've got a lot more green then we do! I can't wait to start seeing some new growth here too!


    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll join us again this week!

    ~Lisa

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