In Sedona, the signs of spring are very noticeable. There are sights, sounds, and smells to be taken in every spring as the seasons make their rounds. Spring and fall are my favorite times of the year, mostly because the weather is so fabulous at those times of the year, but also for the colors and smells. In fall it’s the smell of wood smoke, as folks start to get adjusted to the cooler nights. In spring, it’s the smell of things blossoming back into life. Right now, the smell of manzanita in bloom is almost overwhelming!
Here at home, there are several pink and white trees in bloom. I think that the two pink trees are crab apples (from the distinctively tiny size of their fruit) and one of the white trees is an ornamental apricot. At least I’ve never seen any fruit, even though the blossoms have that distinctive apricot smell. I’m not so sure about this one myself, but I was told one year that the other white tree (in the photo collage above) is an ornamental cherry. The bark doesn’t look dark and glossy enough to me for it to be a cherry tree, but I personally have no idea what else it might be since the blossoms have no smell for me to judge by and the leaves and bark of the tree aren’t particularly distinctive to me.
The other trees are either just starting to show their buds or their branch tips are going bright red or yellow or green, depending on the species, but the leaves haven’t started to make their appearances yet. The manzanita bushes dotted around the place are already almost to the end of their blooming period (a white one is shown at the bottom of the photo collage), which must be an extreme disappointment to the dozens of bees and other insects still busily buzzing around each of them. There is one pink bush left that still has a lot of blossoms on it and I’ve added it to the photo collage above too.
I must have missed the crocuses this year, because the blooms are nowhere to be seen in the tiny garden area between my office windows and the front door, although I can still see their distinctive foliage. I haven’t noticed the daffodil either this year. Yes, there’s only one. The woman who lived in my home before me must have planted a single daffodil, or perhaps she planted several and the rest of the bulbs were eaten by one of the many critters roaming around the area leaving behind holes of various sorts in the dirt for me to fill back in.
There is also one hyacinth plant (shown in the collage above), which about every other year manages to come up sideways so that the flower winds up growing parallel to the ground. If anyone happens to know why that might happen on a semi-regular basis, I’m all ears. This year it has come up straight, but the blossoms are very sparse on the stem, so I’m guessing it needs a little fertilizer for next year before the foliage dies back.
The next thing I’m waiting for is the peeping sounds of newly hatched birds… I’m seeing fewer quail running around the neighborhood lately, and those that I see are going solo instead of in pairs, so the female half of the resident population is probably busy sitting on eggs. Watching the newly hatched quail run around with their parents every spring is always one of my favorite spring treats.
Quail, with their permanent question marks above their heads, are always a source of amusement for me, especially when they are running. The way they streamline their plump bodies and nothing seems to move but their bobbing top knots and racing feet just strikes me as incredibly funny.
Since I live in a housing development named Quail Run, there is no shortage of such fun treats all year round, either. And these days, anything that can get me to giggle is a very welcome thing! So, welcome back – both adult quail and new babies – as soon as possible!
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