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A SPRING WALK (ON FEBRUARY 6) IN THE GARDEN

Umbria has been blessed with a magnificent winter this year. There have been some cold nights, even some frost...even a couple of cold days - but it has been sunny, clear and warmer than usual. Nature is restless, ready to get on with spring! Characteristically jagged photinia buds are painfully swollen

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daffodils are over 8-10 inches tall

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bushes are on fire

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lawns are carpeted in miniscule "occhio della Madonna" flowers with their distinct striping

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and half-inch high mosses thread small cracks on the terracotta mattoni, with their intricate, delicate angel hair.

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They have the tiniest fleck-like, brightly colored buds (unnoticeable without a macro lense), no larger than the point of a pin!

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Forsythia bushes are showing their yellow tips, mimosa trees are a rage of yellow, Oregon grape holly buds are screaming to explode...

The magical beauty through a macro lense on a normal February 6 spring walk in the garden!


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