Signs of Spring

Andromeda buds

Andromeda buds

The petite little flower buds on this Andromeda bush are lovely in the afternoon light, promising trailing clusters of blooms in early spring. This bush was moved about a year ago and is recovering nicely with new growth at the base.

Andromeda- new growth at the base

Andromeda- new growth at the base

Hosta shoots

Hosta shoots

Along the edges of paths, near the bases of azelea and other bushes, are various varieties of Hostas scattered around the yard. From Spring through Autumn, their broad foliage provides a nice contrast to the small leaves of most of the bushes. But in Spring, their shoots are a welcome sight. I enjoy watching them day to day as the leaves shoot up out of the ground and unfurl.

moss on stepping stone

moss on stepping stone

Some of the paths in the yard are just mulched, but most of them have stepping stones. One path is slate. Another is blue stone. And the rest are different concrete blocks. This is a close-up of one of the red colored concrete blocks in which moss has found a home in the crevices. In our shade garden, moss is ever present.

tree fungus on stump

tree fungus on stump

This tree fungus is growing on a stump of a tree we had removed last year. It was a sweet gum. We were pleased to see the fungus because it meant that the tree was finally decaying. We discovered that even though the tree was cut down, it was still a force to contend with as the stump and roots kept trying to re-grow. If the stump had not died, we (and our next door neighbor) would have a small forest of sweet gum trees to replace the one that was removed. As much as I love trees, this one was one that I could not argue about its removal. Many years ago, we had another one nearer to the house that kept dropping limbs, large limbs and once when I was standing very near the tree.

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