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Updated on September 25, 2013


My 2012 japonica
My 2012 japonica | Source

~ My first harbinger of Spring ~

February, 2012  -  My japonica bush blooming outside kitchen window
February, 2012 - My japonica bush blooming outside kitchen window | Source

Sprouting toward the sky

Cracking earth


With tender green


Spring promised to arrive,

And so it comes


Upon our scene


The miracle of Life





And compensates.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Bevelled glass ~


Then exploding light

All over space.


I shuddered

That the

Universal stuff

Could be this fragile.

At high tea

Please consider this

Before you concentrate

Your beam on me.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay


The scent of

Fresh air and sunshine

Awakens my sweetest senses.

Magnolia’s exquisite fragrance

Inspires my sweetest memories

The pre-storm smell of lightning

And the coming rain

Alarms but also pleases.


AH! I've loved its aroma

All my life!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The sky's a lemon meringue pie

At dawn,

Made from heaven's blue

Mixed in outer space

And piled into

A pastry shell

Of golden, well-baked


For hungry tastes

To feast upon.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

March Wind

The wind makes ripples

On the grass

And I can hear

Its sound

On window-glass.

The willows bend and dance

To rhythms of the air.

Dry leaves tear

From off the trees

To flurry


Hurrying wildly

To where

They finally rest

As though they had

Appointments there.

But wind-its purpose but to be

Needs no guide

Asks no plan

It simply knows

That, being wind -

It blows.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

I've loved "It Might As Well Be Spring" since I first heard it in the1945 movie version of Rogers and Hammerstein's hit musical, "State Fair" when the lovely ingenue, Jeanne Crain, sang it, wistfully sitting on an upstairs windowsill of the farm house before the family headed for the state fair to compete their livestock and homey crafts. There at the fair, she met a fascinating guy played by Dana Andrews; and of course, it was a typical Broadway musical happily-ever-after ending.

That Jeanne Crain version, which is still available and charming as ever, bears slight resemblance to this sophisticated, very updated,upbeat version of the song by Sophie Milman, world reknown touring talent for her adoring fans from Tokyo to New York with her sultry, smooth vocals. This young, beautiful, Russian-born Israeli's jazzy style characterizes her concert performances. Here she's at her best, delivering a stunning performance where she started, at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Tides of golden clouds may fret,

Wash across a spotless sky of blue,

Churning up whipped froth in kindly threat

Or gently rain and then move on ~


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The end of

The pendulum's swing

Is a moment of



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Japonica outside and inside my kitchen

Japonica, 2012
Japonica, 2012 | Source


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Gwen - Thank you from the bottom of a grateful heart for such beautiful comments. I always value your visits!

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      8 years ago

      I love your photos Nellieanna. Your poetry is always welcoming like the spring, along with your chosen subjects. : ) Voted up and awesome!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey - your words are music to my ears! Thank you. Coming from you, appreciation is especially valued!

      That poem, as moist of them, I vividly remember writing. It was quite awhile ago. I admit I like it too.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California


      Now and then

      A poet-bird

      Is hatched,

      Leaves footprints

      On the air,


      She was.

      The proof

      Lies in

      The words.

      Perhaps my favorite of yours! I love the brevity and the message and the beauty of your verse--

      Always a gift!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Debbie - Yes, me too. I thought this hub needed an encore spotlight just about now! Though the pictures of my japonica bushes are from last year, they're now in full and glorious bloom again, as well. This early harbinger of spring is such a pleasure for me! The bushes the rest of the year are rather nondescript, but they make up for it from early February through March every year in their incredible magnificence! The bees are busily sipping from them now, too!

      I always must protect the bushes the rest of the year from some over-zealous yard man's or tree trimmer's lack of appreciation! haha! I'd be sad if they weren't there to greet me each Feb. when they begin their odyssey!

      Such a color is beyond an artist's palette, I think. When the evening sun starts its daily decline in the west beyond them, the blossoms are set to flame by the light!

      I've a couple of sprigs in the little antique perfume bottle on the windowsill now, just as shown in one of the pictures from 2012 here! So the blossoms are inside-outside in my kitchen window view! I'm as voracious as the bees in sipping their beauty and heart-nectar!

      I do thank you for noticing the hub and visiting it!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      oh wow. Nellieanna,, I am so ready for spring.. when i saw the pictures in your hub and the poems now I am really in the mood..

      thank you my dear for sharing

      many blessings to you


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Mike - You humble and please me by visiting several of my more archived hubs. It's always a bit sad to see them slip into oblivion, so when a dear person like you takes time to dust them off and bring them into the light for viewing, it is truly a pleasure. And then you add the most luscious comments! Thank you and big hugs.

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      9 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      There is always a tropic breeze running through your hubs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Dream On - don't feel alone in having your singing booed. My cat, Toulouse, used to always pipe up with strong objections when I'd sing when we were traveling in the car. That cat's voice was nothing to win prizes, either, but he really objected to mine! But I sing anyway, though I alway remember his objections.

      Thank you and your sweet wife for the lovely comments! Glad you were given a reprieve to sing! hehe. Hugs!

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      DREAM ON 

      9 years ago

      Spring you bring it in full swing.So beautiful I start to sing.Now my wife complains I sound bad.I tell her look at the beautiful magnolia's and the Japonica bush.The wonderful robins and a wood Pecker and the mockingbird too.She agrees they are all so beautiful but please,please don't sing.I will have to enjoy all your pictures and fantastic poems quietly.My wife finally tells me Oh it's o.k. go ahead and sing.Nellieanna makes everything nicer in the spring.You touch our hearts every day.God Bless and love all your work.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for your impression and the positive feedback, strictlydating.

      I want to read some of yours. I browsed and it looks quite interesting! :-)

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      9 years ago from Australia

      I find your poetry very sweet! Enjoyable to read.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Lilleyth - thank you so much. I was about to reply to your comment when my area was beseiged with tornado emergency information on TV all afternoon, some striking close and doing major damage. It was too close to where I am for comfort. It's still round and about but has moved further east.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      9 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Breathtaking...I'm sharing with my FB friends.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Vincent ~ What a treat to have a visit from you this pleasant morning! We had some significant rain for a couple of days and now everything is sparkling and shining in the clear, sunny, very blue sky! It's a bit cooler than it was before the "front" which brought the welcome rain - quite nice!

      We love Spring here in Texas, but aren't rushing the arrival of our H-O-T summer, which always follows quickly on Spring's heels and lasts till we eagerly welcome Autumn - in early October! I love Spring, but love Autumn even more! I guess it's Nature and its glorious panorama which really excite my enthusiasm.

      Of course, a visit to my hub from you is another stimulant for my enthusiasm! Thank you, dear heart. Hugs.

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      Vincent Moore 

      9 years ago

      Listening to your video made me want to get up and dance, open all my windows and take a very deep breath of Spring's fresh and welcoming morning air. It's one of my favorite season's of our year. Life blossoms forth, birds chirp and sing, squirrels scurry back and forth and shooting buds appear from laid back trees with winters frost still hiding beneath their bark.

      Oh yes, your work is simply amazing, your a true artist both in placement and use of colorful pictures and of course outstanding words. Happy Spring my friend. Love your flowers both in and out of your abode. Hugs xo

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Michael - that makes me smile! :-)

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      empire mike 

      9 years ago from empire, colorado

      your odes to magnolia's and japonica bring back the best memories of my youth. it is the special touch you give that help them all survive

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      SanneL - I'm delighted that you've visited my hub! I'm so entranced with yours, it's quite gratifying that you've found my work pleasant! Thank you!

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      9 years ago from Sweden

      What an absolutely beautiful and imaginative hub! Your incredible graphics, photos and words makes this hub into one of the most stunning and happy hubs I have ever read. Just gorgeous! WOW!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Flora - been there, done that! It can happen right here in Dallas, in fact. This spring, however, has been unseasonably balmy even for here. Inside my house at 9:30 PM today, it is still 75F and there's been no furnace heat for days needed. It was nearly 80 outside this afternoon. But it's been alternately sunny and rainy and I feel chill in the air more often than not. It's always possible that we'll have a huge snow and ice storm by the end of the week.

      Deciding what to wear becomes a challenge this time of year. I'm wearing light-weight fleece pants and have been in various kinds of tops during the day. My robe is warm and cuddly, but I'm usually out of it and dressed when I am up and showered to come downstairs. But I'm apt to don Aussie fur-lined boots if it's really cold - to wear inside!

      It will be warm and stay quite warm soon, though; - By the end of May it will be firmly intrenched and then, the long, intensely HOT summer will arrive in mid to late June and won't depart till late September, with frequent revisits. I'll be devising ways to stay cool and envying you! Take cheer!! Hugs.

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      9 years ago

      Spring indeed. It is March 14th and here in Chilliwack, the snow is falling. Sigh. I know spring doesn't officially start until next week, but I don't want to change out of my robe when it is snowing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      KimberlyLake - Thank you! It's my pleasure! Hugs.

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      Kimberly Lake 

      9 years ago from California

      Another beautiful poem fro you. Thank you, I enjoyed the imagery. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Flora - ah - yes. So am I ready for spring - and it's very imminent here. At least I'm pretty sure the probability of any frost or freezing is remote. Our average last frost day here is Mar. 17. But it's Texas, so we don't count on any weather certainties!

      Yes, the birds fit with the poems, don't they? - or vice-versa. I enjoy those, too. Thank you so much!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Eddy - your comment is delightful. Thank you for coming by! It always gives me a lift to read your words. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopher, you have me thinking of getting out the patio parasol! Today was so balmy and lovely, I should have done it! It started a bit chilly and overcast but was 82F (27.7C) in the afternoon with clear blue sky and lovely sunshine. We've been having rain, though, so the 'garden' of dandelions is rampant. We're told we'll have more rain and cooler temperatures later in the week. But the rain has been much needed, so it's OK.

      Thank you for visiting and leaving me such a lovely comment.

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      9 years ago

      I am totally ready for spring to arrive. There is lot of rain here, but still temperatures not much above freezing.

      I love how you've added some poems on top of photos with birds. My favourite is "Remember when?"

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      9 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words and images here Nellieanna;you breath life into your words and this is why they are so full of enchantment and grace.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      You do have a lovely garden there Nellieanna. I can imagine you there, sitting under a parosol, thinking of lovely words to write for us to enjoy reading. Heavenly.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Sunnie - ahhhh yes! the sights and senses of Spring are a delight. My friend Val has invited me to sign up for the annual Bluebonnet Tour down in Ennis in April. Not sure about it yet but we went last year and it was glorious.

      My yard (and often, the attic) is populated with squirrels. They know me so well, they hardly take notice when I come out to invade their space. Little rascals (that's how I address them, = one clue for them that it is I) - but such cute rascals. I've seen them hanging upside down to get at the finch feeder's goodies. Of course, they had to resort to knocking it down to get at the spoils.

      Thank you for the lovely visit and comments! Much appreciated!

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      Dearest Nellie,

      Spring has come to Texas and you have shared such a beautiful picture of the world around you. I could almost smell the flowers, and feel the warmth of the sun in your writing. I love to watch the birds building their nests and watching as the new little ones peek their heads out as they wait for momma. I always hold my breath when they start to learn to fly...A squirrel made its home in one of our bird houses and that was such a site to see...Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece.

      Lots of love,


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      ps - Martie - It occurs to me:- 'shrub-hub' hahaha! ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian - your entire response is such a treasure! I may print it out to read again and again! Thank you! Nothing shallow about it; any repetition is just like another savory bite of the most scrumptious dessert!

      I've loved "March Winds" ever since I wrote it March 28, 1972 on a blustery Indiana day. Those were prophetic winds then, - about to blow away my life as I'd known it by the end of that May, to begin a reawakening of my spirit in the process. It's funny, but I can almost read premonitions in those words of the poem, in retrospect.

      Yes, it's one of my favorite hubs, now that you mention it. It contains many of my most favorite things. As I began my latest outburst of hubs, collecting poems for the first one, I kept finding some that didn't fit the first theme - or the next - or the next; - so was sort of inevitably led into putting together more and more separate hubs. Actually this is my 100th poetry hub and there are leftover poems already lined up for a next one. My hub-making process is rather unique, probably. Little seeds of ideas and inspiration germinate in their own ways -both casually and with concentration, it seems. It's never a task, though.

      "It Might As Well Be Spring" was also one of my George's favorites. He played it on his harmonica and loved both the music and the lyrics. Yes - there are so many parallels in our lives. I look forward to hearing Nina Simone sing it - and I'm sure I'll like Blossom Dearie, though I don't know her yet. You've introduced me to so many treasured performers and performances, of course! :-)

      I'm less familiar with the habits of our robins, but once our back yard was covered with them. I hadn't thought of that in years! They were foraging for food, I'm sure, and didn't seem a bit concerned with each other. It's a big yard & was dense ith them; - amazing how many there were. It was quite a spectacle. Thank you for the reminder. I know I must have taken pictures. Now I won't rest till I find them. Not sure whether it was before or after I was into digital photography. hm-m-m-m - Well they have to be here somewhere, either digitally or actual prints.

      Dear friend, I'm fully gratified to have added to the pleasure of your day, and your comments have certainly added to mine! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes, Christopher - there will be many more; 20 at the very least!

      It was a lovely one - got all kinds of calls, cards, flowers, fruit and my eldest stepson,George, Jr., took me out for Italian. It was delightful. Then - always one to milk a birthday - I invited my friend, Val, to share a Sunday brunch at the Blue Mesa to which I had been offered a complimentary one in honor of my birthday, so we did that Feb.19th. It continues to be fun to be alive! Greatly preferable to the alternatives on both counts. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - my esteemed and beloved Hub friend! Thank you. That's a lovely compliment! I don't know that I've ever been referred to as silky looking. hehe. (Minxy, pixieish - but not silky. I like that! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas - hubs have been coming thick and fast for the last week or so. I'd been so otherwise occupied, I hadn't published in awhile. I guess they'd just bottled up in here! Thank you for visiting and letting me know! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - ah - how happy I am that you have time on your hands to visit and catch up! I miss you when I don't see you for a bit! The fanship is mutual, also!

      Dallas is famous for azaleas, though they take very special tending here, since our soil is so alkali. I've never attempted them. But a lovely historic street here, Turtle Creek Blvd., is bordered by lush gardens which has mounds of azaleas blooming at a certain time each spring and people line up in their cars just to view them. They're a bit later, though. Japonicas favor late January, February and begin to dwindle in March. Mine are almost gone now, though that one little branch on my windowsill is holding up. Outside, they're about finished.

      Soon there will be crepe myrtles blooming all over the city. Our nearby boulevard has them in the center - so lovely Their colors range from deep magenta and red, through shades of pink and lavender, even white. They are very lacy flowers, blooming in clusters on bushes. I had several planted a couple of years ago, but they've yet to give me any blooms but one - which proved to me they were actually crepe myrtle bushes. Some of them grow as tall as real trees, except that they lack an actual central trunk. They're rather leggy.

      I hope you'll share some of your garden with us!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nellieanna, how can I say that this is the most enchanting hub I have ever read or viewed or listened to, without appearing shallow and repetitive?

      My friend it is enchanting but more, more, more. The whole hub echoes almost everything that I hold most dear.

      'March Winds' must be one of my favourites of those many, many favourites I have of yours. The simple:

      "Hurrying wildly

      To where

      They finally rest

      As though they had

      Appointments there."

      is stunningly charming, and I need not tell you that the whole hub is magnificent. This must be one of your favourite hubs yet.

      But wait, I cry there is more. I hate to appear selfish and self centres, but you know how our lives, at many times, run on parallels, and ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’ is one of my all time favourites.

      Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie sing it so well, and I hope you do not mind, but I am going to send the URL for both of them, if I can find them, just to share their beauty with you.

      But wait, again. A friend came to my home yesterday and today and was doing some digging in the garden, and helping me (Doing it all, really) to make my wilderness a garden, once more. I was watching him as he dug, and leaning on a long bamboo cane, when two robins joined us and listened to our conversations, and helped themselves to insects and works that Allan dug up.

      I don’t know about your American Robins, but the British ones are very territorial, yet these to guys didn’t even exchange words of anger with each other, but just shared the moment, the lovely weather and the insects.

      What a lovely hub, my very lovely friend. It encapsulates my whole day, my nostalgia, my love of poetry and my love of you and all your wonderful writing.

      Biggest hugs,


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      Christopher Price 

      9 years ago from Vermont, USA

      I regret having missed your birthday, but, what the heck, you'll have many more. I trust it was a happy birthday, and hope every day thereafter is just a little bit better than the last.



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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Another perfect blend, Nellieanna, of beautiful, inforgettable poetry, stunning graphics and photos, and the perfect video to accompany it all. That Sophie Millman is lovely with a smooth silky voice.

      But no smoother and silkier-looking than you, m'dear.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Ahhh! Another, feel good all over! Keep them coming!

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      Martie Coetser 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      What a beautiful shrub! I've got a similar one, but smaller - an Azalea. Also one of the first to bloom in spring.

      Nellieanna your poems are as always absolutely divine. I am so glad to have time on my hands to catch up on all of them.

      Take care and know I am your biggest fan in the southern hemisphere :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopher! I've missed you, kind sir! But I can't complain too much when you arrive with such a glorious feast of complimentary words! Thank you! It's a special Equinox for me, my 80th upon Terra, celebrated in February. Kind of a giddy feeling, actually!

      I wish you a happy one, too! Hugs!

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      Christopher Price 

      9 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Nellieanna, my dear, if is so hard to find new ways to praise the consistent quality of your precious posts. Every new publication is a little jeweled box that opens to reveal finely crafted poems full of clever insights and clear-eyed truths others may have overlooked, and lovely elegant graphics...the perfect accent, each could stand on its own merits, the artistry undeniable.

      I just want to stand beneath your arbored balcony and add my voice to the adoring throng gathered to sing your praises, unassuming but sincere.

      Happy Equinox Ms. Hay, 'tis you who are the treasure.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Jaye! Thank you for being my first visitor here! I confess that Fall is my favorite season - probably because after our fierce hot summed, it's so welcome! But Spring has so much pleasure. Ours has been early this year, too. Flowering trees are rampant. I hope we don't get a late freeze now. Of course, japonica is always early, before warm weather starts. It often begin to bloom in late January. It will be covered with blossoms long before leaves appear. Mine are getting leaves now. We've (rarely) had such a cold snap later that it's frozen the japonica blooms, but then the bushes put out new buds.

      My poor magnolia tree has suffered damage the last couple of years, between severe heavy snow and ice, horrid winds and summer droughts. My house is in one of the highest altitudes in a fairly flat Dallas, plus is on solid white rock just barely inches of soil so that magnolia tree's roots are partially exposed, besides. And I do love it. Before I let the tree man talk me into trimming it up from he ground, it provided itself protection for the roots and always had magnificent blossoms, and - oh - the aroma! Lately, though, it's quite another story.

      Thank you and you have a glorious spring too!

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      Jaye Denman 

      9 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Nellieanna....You are able, with words, to make the reader smell fragrances, visualize colors and brightness, and even taste the glories of nature. Lovely! Spring makes all the senses come alive, doesn't it?

      Japonicas are so pretty, and both my grandmother and mother always liked to have them growing in their yards.

      Spring tends to drop in on us a bit too early here in central Mississippi, and my Japanese Magnolia tree (or the half-tree that survived a storm) bursts into bloom to be enjoyed for one or two days before the temperature suddenly drops again and makes the blooms brown or the wind and rain of thunderstorms scatter them all over the lawn. Still, I always enjoy them for the one or two days they're on the tree--perhaps even more because they're so soon gone.

      Have a lovely spring, my dear.



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