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It's spring! It's spring! Did I mention it was spring!?

I got back from Arizona and suddenly spring is everywhere. There are buds on the elderberry and the hydrangea and the dogwood. The trillium are sudden coming up! (They hadn't even poked above ground before I left.) The eastern waterleaf is out and the Christmas fern and various mountain mints are appearing in places where I will probably someday regret planting them. Did I mention the trillium!?

My trout lilies bloomed and my toothwort and Jacob's ladder are going nuts and the raspberry is budding and a deer ate the top off my red buckeye but it's still got another set of buds and the roses are putting out dark red leaves and the cherry blossomed and I SAW A BEE!

My heart may not be able to take much more of this. Sometimes I wonder if gardening is just a random hobby I will someday tire of, and then I wander around making "Urrrk!" noises like I've been kicked whenever I see a new plant come up, and I think it's probably not gonna happen.

And the mourning cloak is out! Doing his little patrols! And I saw an Eastern Comma butterfly! And pulled a tick off myself!

Okay, that last wasn't quite so exciting. But still.

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What color are your trout lilies? The ones I've seen in the woods south of St. Louis, MO are white. (They're also called dogtooth violets, for some reason.) Then last year I was up in Michigan, in the U.P, for spring, and there were bright yellow ones EVERYWHERE!!!

Crocuses started blooming this week, daffodils are about to open, red maples along the street are blooming, and the bee tree at the park was very very busy! (It's near enough to the path that I'm always afraid someone will get stung and the park will have to take it down... also it's in an increasingly-dead tree which may not last much longer.)

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