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OK, OK, I know all you southerners are sweating and eating your home-grown salad already, but I live in the frozen North, and we still have snow in the shady areas - so bear with me. emoticon

The robins, red-winged blackbirds, herons and turkey vultures are back. On Sunday, DH and I were outside and heard a strange noise. Our first thought was "coyotes? in broad daylight" but it kept getting closer. We looked up and saw a flock of birds, like geese, but not geese. They were Tundra Swans - I've never seen them before. I saw another flock on Monday, as did DH. The weird thing is, they were heading southwest!

Coltsfoot is blooming on the roadside, the spring peepers have started to sing and the horses and goats are shedding like crazy.

Something is trying to build a nest in our mailbox. I keep finding dried grass in it, and our mail gets chucked out onto the road!

I think it's safe to say that spring has arrived. emoticon (Not that we couldn't get another blizzard before all is said and done - but we'll keep our fingers crossed) emoticon

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Ohh Pooks, I bet that gaggle of swans was just awesome (I guess it's called a gaggle...??? emoticon ) I love watching geese and ducks flying...just amazes me.

We southerners are having a few hot days, but today is a bit cool. Wonderful breeze blowing. Our spring peepers have only been peeping for a little more than 2 weeks now, and I just noticed yesterday some leaves finally on a few of the trees out in the pature. The trees in the yard are still bare. The daffodils are gorgeous, and the forsythia is in bloom, as are the redbud trees. Saw a gorgeous purple Tulip tree on Sunday, while photographing an old grist mill that was under renovation. Spring has sprung, for sure...but, like you, we could still have a frost. I hope not...DH got our onions, some lettuce and the peas all planted in the last 2 days....don't need frost to hit anything!!!

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We are well out of frost time here! It's even been down right hot a few days. But everything is really starting to green up! I bought my place in the fall, so it's REALLY exciting to see what it looks like at this time of year for the first time. My whole front yard is covered in blue bonnets! The rest of the folks in the neighborhood are all getting out on their riding mowers to cut down those "weeds" and I'm just letting them bloom!
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Frost? Well, we could be getting frost any time up until around the third week in May. That's when we plant up here. Any earlier and you risk losing everything!

Now, is a tulip tree what we would call a magnolia tree? We do have those up here, probably the northernmost range for them. They won't be blooming for a few weeks yet. We're in the Carolinian forest zone, so we get a few oddball plants around - osage orange trees, prickly pear cactus down on Point Pelee!

Bluebonnets - I've heard of them, (I know it's the state flower of Texas) but I have no idea what they look like. I bet they're pretty though, "weeds" or not.

It was pretty warm yesterday, for March in Canada emoticon , maybe 65-70 F? Hot enough that the kids opened every window on the bus, and muggins here had to close them all. emoticon

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Pooks..no a Tulip tree is a type of Poplar. It has pink or purple tulip looking blooms on it. We do have Magnolia trees here too, but a very different thing from a Tulip Tree.

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I love Wikipedia for these things:

Tulip Tree - which is native to North America, too. It is, however, a member of the Magnoliceae family.

And here's the Magnolia, which gave the Magnolicea family its name.

They are similar, but in fact two quite distinct plants groups.

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