Saturday, February 1, 2020

Spring is Coming

Daphne starting to bloom
Things are starting to bloom. You might like signs of life as counterweight against the gloom, decadence, and decline in the news.  Sarcococca has been fragrant for a while now, and Hellebores are also blooming. Daphne is now starting to bloom and some Rosemary also. Indian Plum is budding and leafing, and Camellia flower buds are visible also. Have you seen or smelled any interesting blossoms on your travels?

Rosemary also starting to bloom

Bulbs, maybe Daffodils,
busting through matted bark mulch -
they will not be denied!
At Bush Park right where Clark Creek emerges to join Pringle Creek, an Eagle Scout erected a bat house on a pole recently. There were also two Red Tailed Hawks circling just clear of the tops of the Oaks at that moment.

An Eagle Scout Bat House project at Bush Park
Not a flower or wildlife, but a little interesting, this is the first time I have seen these fins applied to the base of temporary fencing for construction. The base tubing for fencing is not always easy to see and is a trip hazard. It's not great that the fencing has to obstruct the sidewalk so far in, but at least this makes the obstruction and trip hazard much clearer.

Fins with reflective strips to mark base of fence
and trip hazard

1 comment:

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Indian Plum is flowering now.

Eugene Weekly has an interesting note on it in their monthly natural history column. The author's flowered earlier than here. They call it Osoberry, also. I have wondered if "Indian Plum" is a term we should phase out.

"The bloom time seems to be changing. The past two years first flowers of osoberry opened on Feb. 6 and 7. This year osoberry was in full bloom by Jan. 25. The abundant rainfall this past winter coupled with very little freezing weather is an obvious reason. However, it is difficult to ignore that the trend is a symptom of global warming."