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Re: Spring

Jim, three weeks ago the quince beside my kitchen window was showing
color in its buds, and I discovered daffs and hellebores up a couple of 
under the mulch.  Since then we have had two bouts of extremely cold 
weather - single digits at night and low 20s in the day.  Today is very 
but with a high of 22 degrees.  I'm afraid those early harbingers have been
lost, or at least haven't progressed any.  What I have noticed in the last
few days, however, is that the male goldfinches are beginning to look 
yellow around the neck, and a couple have a few bright feathers on their
shoulders.  That has always been a positive sign of spring to me.
And the days are definitely getting longer.  That's the best sign.
In a message dated 2/7/2010 4:15:14 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
inlandjim1@q.com writes:

It may be a harbinger: Flower buds on the apricot tree are beginning  
to break; flower buds on the cherry trees are swelling up. Weather's  
still crappy, though; overcast, drizzly, persistently chilly.

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