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Harbingers of Spring

forsythia, harbinger of springForsythias are named after William Forsyth, an 18th century Scottish horticulturist.

My rhododendron has little green buds now. Sometime this spring I will see large pink fluffy flowers from my kitchen window.

Song of Songs 2:12

הַנִּצָּנִים נִרְאוּ בָאָרֶץ, עֵת הַזָּמִיר הִגִּיעַ

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing is come.

mother in israel says

My mother a"h used to cut forsythia in February, and bring it inside to "force" it to bloom early.

Leora says

Mother in Israel,

I'll have to try that, bringing forsythia. Might look pretty on our Shabbat table.

Robin says

What a lovely picture. There's something so special about those first early buds.

Leora says


Thanks for visiting! I'm enjoying photographing all the early buds. But then I groan at the brown patches and pull the weeds, too. Not much time to garden right now.


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