In other parts of the country people celebrate the change of seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
In the Texas Hill Country, we celebrate June for the start of River-Tubing Season and September as the beginning of Football Season. We endure Cedar Fever Season starting in December. And welcome March for Wildflower Season.
This year promises the most extravagant wildflower display in decades. Drought-dormant seeds are springing to life from the bountiful rains of the past six months. My pictures today are the early arrivers at the party. Enjoy the promise and come back next month for the parade.
To peek into the season in gardens around the country, follow this link to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens.
This is our fourth spring in our Texas home, and the first time we've seen and smelled the blooms of Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata). Imagine a musk of clove and cinnamon mingled in roses and sandalwood; the satiation of water in the desert.
My young Redbud trees (Cercis canadensis var texensis) made it through the drought, worse for the wear. As they stood leafless, I wondered what spring would bring. Blooms, my trees answered. Juniper hairstreak enjoying the conversation.
Mounds of Prairie Verbena (Glandularlia bipinnatifida var bipinnatifida) have risen. The Eastern Phoebe who frequents our yard will welcome the beetle.
Blooms on the Mexican Plum trees (Prunus mexicana) promise fruit this year for the birds. The foxes would enjoy fruit too if I didn't have to fence the trees because of the deer.
But fox will have his fill of Southern Dewberries (Rubus trivialis) from the wild vines in the woodland out back. One bloom now, thousands of buds waiting.
And the native Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is primed for spring hummingbird migration. We'll see the first bird on March 15th if the past foretells the future.
Wherever you are, whatever your weather, I hope you're enjoying the lengthening daylight and promise of the season.
Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.