Views of the Neighborhood – Looking for Spring

Since not too much s going on in Lakeway this week, I set out to see if I could find signs of spring. Well, I did find a few, but not many. I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Views of the Neighborhood

The first thing I found was something that is not too common here in our part of the neighborhood. This is a large Red Bud tree. The photo is unusual cause this Redbud is growing on a lot where the house is being renovated,ย and the port-a-potty is right below it. I needed to crop that out.

Views of the Neighborhood

Next is a Texas Mountain Laural growing in a shopping center parking area. The tree is in full bloom with lovely grape colored blossoms.

Here is another Mountain Laural in full bloom.

A shot of the Winter Jasminย in bloom (Usually blooms in January )

Views of the Neighborhood

A large Mountain Laural in full bloom.

Views of the Neighborhood

Here is a Mountain Laural in my backyard. Notice it has a whole bunch of buds but has not begun to bloom as yet. except for the one in the close up below.

You can see with this closeup that the blooms are just beginning much like most in the area. The full bloom Mountain Laurels are in the minority

Short tour today since I couldn’t find much else broadcasting the arrival of spring. I hope you have a great week.

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  1. Spring hasn’t come here yet and your lovely photos of the trees brought a bit of spring. The Mountain Laurels are gorgeous and that redbud is beautiful even if it has a port-a-potty beneath it. Thanks for cutting that out of the photo. Have a great week, John!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Good pictures, John. Given time, those blossoms should be even more beautiful. Have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Yes. They will get better. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  3. I have some very confused plants around here too. It seems most of the world has them due to unusual weather. Seeing early Spring blooms brightens up an area and helps to eliminate that old Winter barrenness.

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    1. It sure does, GP. Just driving around looking for spring was uplifting. ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Many of our trees, particularly the Bradford pear trees, are starting to bud. The birds are becoming more active, which is a sure sign that spring is around the corner. I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, John. Happy Sunday!

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    1. The deer have been eating the Bradford Pear buds lately. They must be tastey or they just like the change. Thanks, Jill.

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  5. Thanks for the look ahead, John. We have a couple crocus pushing through, thatโ€™s about it. I think itโ€™s good weโ€™re still having very cold nights. The worst for us is when things bloom and then freeze. Iโ€™m good with spring coming up from Texas.

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    1. I remember driving down the road to work in Wilton and seeing Redbuds and Dogwoods in the woods. They always made me feel good. Thanks, Dan

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      1. I’ll be sure to share some pictures when spring arrives here, John. Right now, I’m going to enjoy yours.

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      2. Fair deal. Thanks, Dan

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  6. Spring has sprung for you, which also means it is coming my way. Red Bud trees are such a beautiful symbol of the season.

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    1. We have very few Redbuds where we are now. I was surprised to see it. When I lived in Indiana and Columbus Ohio they were everywhere.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Beautiful photos, John. I love seeing the plant life awakening. Spring has yet to arrive in Missouri, but Iโ€™m visiting an area of California where there are fields of tulips. Hope abounds. ๐ŸŒท

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    1. The fields of tulips sound beautiful, Gwen. So nice to have you visit today. ๐Ÿ˜

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  8. Nice to see spring coming around. Keeps getting cold here, so the signs get chilled.

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    1. We have a cold front moving this way for Tuesday. Not too bad. Lows in the 40s with rain (I hope)

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  9. Lovely, John. Thanks for bringing a little spring this way.

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    1. Hard to find here as well. Thanks, Jennie. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. We only have a few weeks to wait, right? Youโ€™re welcome, John.

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      2. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. The first signs of spring are already there.
    Excellent.

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    1. Just a few though. I was hoping for more. Thanks, Rabirius.

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  11. No spring here – but we got a taste of the South – a Texas Low brought 4 straight days of snow and high winds. If I had Bloomberg’s money I’d truck it all back down to Y’All!

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    1. We probably would enjoy it.

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  12. I LOVE the purple on that Mountain Laural!

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    1. Thanks, Marc.

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  13. Very pretty pictures, John. We are seeing signs of an early Autumn here.

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    1. I don’t have my head around autumn, but know you southern hemisphere folks are heading into fall and winter.

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  14. Thanks for a look at early Spring, John. I’m watching our Red Bud and Forsythia because they’re our early blooming plants — when they bud out, I’ll know Spring really is coming. Until then, at least the snow has melted, ha!

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    1. That is one good thing to have melted snow. next the buds need to pop.

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  15. Beautiful! Thanks, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  16. Looks like you have way more spring around than we do!
    Have a great Suday,
    Pit

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    1. Thanks, Pit. You as well.

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  17. The Mountain Laurel’s blossom is striking in color. Happy Spring, John. You are far closer than we are, but the snow geese are moving through so it’s a good sign we’re closer now to a warmer weather day.

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    1. Sooner or later it will come. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. The mountain laurels were enough signs of spring for me, John. They are my favorites. You should enjoy them in your yard as you sit in those matching blue chairs.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Our Mountain Laurel did nothing last year. It was overpowered by an oak. The neighbor trimmed the oak and I pruned the Mountain Laurel. This yea a ton of blossems.

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  19. Iโ€™m ready for Spring. We got up to 63 on Friday, but thatโ€™s going to ping pong for a few more weeks.

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    1. Yeah. I think we have seen the last of the high 30s weather but are still in store for some 40s and rain. We could use the rain though.

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  20. I loved these photos, John. I am so ready for spring, and so freaking over winter! We’ve had a few very cold days recently but tomorrow we’re looking at 62 degrees, I can barely control myself. I know that kind of temperature won’t last in the days ahead, but I’m going to embrace it while it’s here. I can’t wait to go walking!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Walking is a pleasure. Little Twiggy and I do it. It will be good when you can do it too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  21. Given that we have nary a crocus trying to peek up through the frozen tundra, nor a bloom, bud, or blossom in sight, your pictures were a delightful harbinger of the spring that is just around the … the … the … alright, who moved the corner???

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  22. The laurels are lovely, John. They remind me of wisteria. Do they have a scent?

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    1. A strong grape Kool-ade smell.

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      1. Oh, that’s cool! We have irises in our yard that smell like grape jelly ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Need to get something that smells like peanut butter.

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  23. Your blooms are lovely! Spring must be close. We’ve had some melting where, but the ground is still frozen.

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    1. Tough to fight frozen ground. A few more weeks is all. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Yes, I’ve learned to be patient.

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  24. The biggest signs of spring in our neck of the woods is the daffodils. I’ve seen a few in bloom. We have a red bud tree, but not much going on there yet.

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    1. I used to feel sorry for the daffodils when the greens would poke up through the snow in Indiana. We had planted a bunch of clumps in our woods.

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  25. A joy to see, John! I gives me hope. ๐Ÿ™‚ We still have three feet of snow here. lol
    Wishing you a fabulous week. Cheers!

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    1. You poor thing.

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      1. Haha…. we’ll get there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Yes you will.

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  26. Can you send some of your spring here BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ANY

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    1. No. It’s all mine. *fiendish laugh

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  27. Gasp! I love the mountain laurel, John. How gorgeous. The redbud tree is beautiful. Those were abundant in the southeast when I was a kid. Yes, a sure sign of spring. Here… well my weeds are in full bloom… :/ Looks like the last of the desert willow trees is dead. (It was winter when I bought this place… couldn’t tell what bad shape the trees were in.) I have another landscaper coming to give a quote.
    However, there are two large round bush/shrubs that get covered with little purple flowers. Their little leaves mostly fell off for winter, but they’re coming back now. I lost a couple of roses, but the rest look like they’re coming back too. Have a great week. Hugs on the… bloom!

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    1. Sorry about your trees, Teagan. Hopefully you can get something that you love.

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  28. Marvellous plant, dear John. It should have a great scent.

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    1. Like grape soda.

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      1. Mmmmm! Perfect for spring!

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      2. Yes for sure. ๐Ÿ˜

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  29. The mountain laurel is one of my favorites, partly because of that bubble-gum-like fragrance. I can’t believe they’re blooming already. It looks like I may miss them again this year, although a friend in Kerrville says hers haven’t set buds yet. Obviously, I need to get out and about and start looking for these gems — spring waits for no one!

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    1. I had to go out and find them. It is so strange there are some that have no blossems showing just the buds. In my backyard we have to partial blossems. I think it must be the amount of sun since we have a neighbor with a huge live oak giving off a lot of shade.

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  30. Much better than the views here, mud and snow.

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    1. Mud and snow have a romantic ring, Mark. (Not) Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜

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  31. The Texas mountain laurel is gorgeous! Wonder how it would do in North Carolina?

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    1. I wonder. May be too cold in the winter.

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  32. So lovely, John. I’m still in Florida so have a small taste of the spring season – tomorrow is my reality check. I’m not ready!!

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    1. Reality Bites. Thanks for the message while you are still not in reality. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคช

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