Saucer Magnolias & Dandelions


My photos are poor, and there is little I can do to change this unless I buy an expensive camera.  Right now, however, the purchase of a new camera isn’t in the budget.

Last month around the middle of December we experienced several deep freezes for our part of the country–between 15 and 20 degrees F.  After that, we went three weeks without rain and then it poured, –as in about 6 inches over a two-day period.  Now, our outside temps are between 50 and 70 degrees during the day.  So, If you were a plant, wouldn’t you be confused?  The plants haven’t read about climate change to prepare them.

Two days ago, I noticed my neighbor’s Saucer Magnolia tree was in bloom.  It’s a lovely tree.


No one informed this tree it needed to wait to bloom.  Saucer magnolias are supposed to bloom beginning in late February through April.  Tonight if it freezes, all of those lovely pink blossoms will turn brown and fall off.  Bummer.  A few short days of glamour and zip, it’s gone.

And then I spy this small dandelion.  I tried to photograph it at 8 am yesterday and found it was still asleep (the bloom was closed).


Anyway, while I know many gardeners probably hold the dandelion on their MOST HATED list, I don’t have a problem with it.

I’ve read dandelions often bloom early in winter and that they provide food for bees when everything else is dormant.  From my point of view, bloom on dandelion!

Update on dancing the Can-Can in a garden video:  I spoke with my neighbor, Armando, and he’s “in” but I still need to convince his bride.  She may be tough.

Aside from this blog, I am writing again, but it doesn’t come easily.

As we move forward with the Trump administration, I find I am scared sh*tless.  That means either more or less manure for my compost, right?  More from Trump?  Less from me?

I’m clueless as to where our country is headed.  If you know, let me know.

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