I could swear that I can hear, see, smell, feel the grass growing. Soon, fencing changes and repairs will be made to this field, the Park Field, and the sheep will be grazing it.
The sound of chirping birds is back. Every day, I look around and see more buds on trees. I don’t know what this tree is to the side of my house, but it’s going to be beautiful when all those blooms come out.
Sometimes I feel as if this gift of early spring is a secret that is mine alone, but I bet you have it, too!
I am thinking that is a magnolia tree? If not, what ever it is will be beautiful in a few more weeks!
Love how green that field looks. Your new farm is quite amazing.
On March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am
shirley T says:
The tree looks like it might be a red bud tree. They are all over my hilside along with dogwood. What a beautiful place to live in.
On March 16, 2012 at 11:39 am
I’m so proud of you. Your life is going to be “springtime” from now on. May this beautiful tree bloom and bring you happiness forever.
On March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm
We’ve always called them tulip trees, but I think they are a magnolia. They are also great rainmakers and wind producers around here. 😆 When it blooms try a photo from under the tree with nothing blue sky above or behind. Something about the color combinations is really eye catching.
On March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Our early spring is a double-edged sword, appearing just as long enough for the fruit trees to bloom early, then winter slammed the door shut before the bees could pollinate them. Now all those beautiful blossoms are littering the soggy ground. Fruit is over rated anyway. 😥
On March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm
lifeisgood/ Melinda says:
I agree with the others that I think this is a tulip tree. Redbud or tulip, either way it is going to be a spectacular sight when in full bloom! Down here in the far south people call them purple magnolias, but I think they are in reality a form of poplar tree. If it’s a tulip tree in about a week the entire thing will be coverd with beautiful purple tulip flowers that smell like heaven!
On March 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm
I too think it is a magnolia, “Saucer Magnolia” (Magnolia soulangeana). They are so pretty when the frost leaves them alone. See the photo here and see if you don’t think it is the same. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_%C3%97_soulangeana
On March 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Looks to be what we, here in Virginia, call a Tulip Tree. So pretty!
On March 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm
The grass is definately growing!I live a few miles outside of Huntington, Wv. and I cut my grass last Sunday and it needs it again already. I would rather cut grass twice a week though than shovel snow even once a month! The tree looks like a redbud. We have several around where I work.
On March 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm
I’m thinking you need to have someone come teach you how to drive that tractor – get a bush hog attachment and then cutting that grass will not seem bad at all. All those critters cannot possibly mow it all down.
Drive tractor = Maximum GirlPower.
On March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
You haven’t seen sheep eat! They are mowers!
On March 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Everything is blooming in South Carolina!! It’s a mixed blessing with pollen coating every surface with a layer of yellow. Hope we don’t have a late frost like last year!!
On March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm
We have come to find out that chickens are also great at relieving areas of grass (and anything else growing there LOL).
It looks so springy there!
On March 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm
The grass is greening up nicely here in southern West Virginia too. Yesterday at work I was showing pictures of a new baby goat and the green grass was really vibrant in the pictures. Kind of don’t notice when I was looking at the baby. 8)
On March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm
I agree that it looks like a magnolia…beautiful for too short a time. I find it kinda sad when all that beauty falls to the ground and looks messy. The mess doesn’t last long either though!
I especially like the heart in the soil between the gate post and the gate!!!
On March 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Hard to believe I registered just to respond to this post, but I am a tree geek. I believe that tree is the same one you showed in the pictures of “buds” you put up a few days ago. If so, I will confirm what others have said, it is a Magnolia. It will have lovely, large, pinkish-white flowers quite soon, which will fall off shortly thereafter. It is not a tuliptree (which grow up, not out), a bit too large for a dogwood, and does not have the “habit” of a redbud.
On March 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Hi Suzanne, Can we have a Georgia update? I miss reading about her!
Spring has sprung very early, here in Michigan, too.
On March 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
Cathy, Georgia is doing as okay as she can be. She has really changed in the last couple of years. She is not the same Georgia that she was when I lived in the slanted little house. She has macular degeneration, which is a gradually worsening condition, and she can barely see. She has difficulty with balance, so she has a hard time getting around. She can no longer garden, can, putter, pick up sticks in the yard (seriously, she was always picking up sticks!), and so on. It’s very sad, but her spirits are as good as they can be. She’s a tough cookie, but her age has really taken its toll in the last few years.
On March 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Me thinks it’s a tulip tree (or type of poplar), too. At least that’s what I’ve always heard them called. The magnolias I’m familiar with around here have dark green leaves year around. I work at the State Capitol in Charleston, and there are several of them on the campus and they have white blooms in the summer. But I’m sure there are many different types of magnolias. :happyflower:
On March 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Spring – I’m jealous! (well except for allergies)
Makes you wonder what’s up with the seasons at the moment … we had no summer down here in the southern hemisphere, it was miserable in my part of the world – and you guys had no winter.
On March 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm
It is a tulip tree. The buds on a redbud tree are much smaller but the same color. Both are very pretty when in bloom with its lavendar color.
On March 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm
I have also been looking for an update on Coco and Chloe. BTW – congrats on doing the write up about the horse rescue. I’ve always said that they can not talk for themselves and need someone who can talk for them.
On March 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
I’m still waiting to hear on whether or not Coco can come home next week. Chloe is adorable–of course!!!!! I’ll get more pics up of both soon.
On March 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm
The grass is coming up under all the dead stuff, but the elk and deer are already mowing it down. Today was REALLY warm! But snow is coming next week. We’re not out of the woods till the last days of May.
On March 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm
Great work Suzanne! I’ve been following your blog for quite a few years – just a silent follower but love all of your posts! I check it everyday! Please continue to keep all of us posted!
On March 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm
I am sorry to hear about Georgia’s struggles. She will be in my prayers. She is a neat lady!
On March 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm
There are different types of magnolias, but that does look like one (mine is on the verge of blooming, too, but as I’m in northern Illinois, I’m sure it’s a different variety).
Suzanne, my aunt began developing macular degeneration some years ago. One of the things that has made her condition more bearable is still being able to read via the free audio book lending program for the blind. The tapes are sent and returned via free mailers (I think). I’m so sorry to hear that Georgia is no longer able to do the things she loved best.
On March 17, 2012 at 8:28 am