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At last, lilacs

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I have been waiting for years for the lilac bush to bloom for the first time. This year it finally did, though only in a small way.

The apple trees are looking great. There was a chance of frost on April 16, which I was afraid would ruin the apple blooms when they were most vulnerable. But the the frost didn’t happen. Here’s hoping for a good apple year.

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  1. frigast wrote:

    Nice flowers – and the lilacs nice fragrant too ­čÖé

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  2. DCS wrote:

    More poetry meant for the abbey: Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” Here’s a good Wikipedia entry about it:


    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  3. Jo wrote:

    Oh – the scent of lilacs. I grew up with one outside my window. Lucky me.

    Jumping subject – Linda Brinson wrote an excellent article/review of Ken’s latest book. Starts on front page of Section E of 4/22/18 edition oh Greensboro News-Record. The article concludes on page 4 of the section and includes a picture of this handsome dude.

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
  4. Jo wrote:

    How did of become oh in previous post? Where is spellcheck when one needs it?

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  5. daltoni wrote:

    Thanks, Jo… We saw Linda Brinson’s review on line. Not sure what photo they used…

    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  6. DCS wrote:

    No worries, JO, there’s the link to Linda Brinson’s thoughtful review in the Greensboro News & Record.


    Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  7. frigast wrote:

    Ken should go to Sweden – they have All-Human Rights as for the landscape there.
    Inluding the coastlines, which should be freely accesible to all.

    Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2:55 am | Permalink
  8. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Frigast … Ken has quite a lot to say about Sweden and allemansra╠łtten in the book…

    Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:02 am | Permalink
  9. frigast wrote:

    Clever guy ­čÖé

    Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:27 am | Permalink
  10. Jo wrote:

    To illustrate changes in the last 100 years, my grandparents, my mother and her oldest brother, traveled by horse and wagon from Oak Ridge, NC to Roanoke, VA in 1916. My grandmother related to me the custom for travelers then. They would stop at a farm before nightfall and introduce themselves. They would be fed supper, horses fed and stabled, travelers would spend the night, be fed breakfast in the morning and proceed on their journey after that. Ken’s book reminded me of this.

    My, how times have changed! Not totally though. We were lost in the Wilson Creek area (near the “Globe” south of Blowing Rock, NC). Came across a small country store, whose proprietor gave us directions. As we were leaving, he said to return if necessary and we could spend the night with him and his family. That was about 20 years ago and I still recall being surprised at his invitation.

    Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
  11. Glad to see you dodged the frost. Up on the mountain, we didn’t. Lilacs look torched here.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  12. daltoni wrote:

    So sorry to hear that, Jerry. I lost some deciduous magnolia blooms early on, but the lilacs and the fruit trees dodged the bullets this year.

    It seems that, as a consequence of global warming, we have increased turbulence in the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere in the spring. Arctic air keeps going to the wrong places.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

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