Friday, January 27, 2012

When the Forsythias Blooms..... or Phenology...

forsythia blooms
When the forsythia blooms..........well, it is blooming in my yard....and this is a sign...but, a sign of WHAT??   I know that it is a sign but couldn't for the life of me remember what it is a sign of..so my researching brain kicked in and I googled the phrase... :-)   and lo and behold it is actually a named science with studies and even it's own Wikipedia page..  so you know it is real if Wikipedia says so..  wink, wink

Here is a little bit of what I found..

"Phenology is derived from the Greek word phaino , meaning to show or appear. Phenology refers to recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, such as leafing and flowering, maturation of agricultural plants, emergence of insects, and migration of birds.  It is also the study of these recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, especially their timing and relationships with weather and climate."



" Phe-nol-o-gy is the study of changes in plants and animals as they respond to weather, climate, and the seasons. Each spring we anxiously await the first returning robin in the hope of warmer weather. That is a phenological event. It happens every year but the return date depends a lot on the weather. Migration and flowering are two more examples of phenological events."


 Then I started pondering...if we have signs in our life but we don't know what they mean....well, that could be a problem.....it is not because we are not warned or encouraged..it is because we are DULL of understanding....it isn't the sign with the problem, it is US!   

I am an avid gardener...I pay attention to my yard, or so I like to think. this yard is my baby...and I care deeply for it....so when we were riding down the road the other day and Bryan said, did you see those yellow flowers blooming?.....in our yard.... 
me  ...  HUH????  what flowers???
B... those little yellow ones by the driveway (that I had just walked by to get in the truck)

WOW!   I had definitely missed it..when the forsythia blooms... cause I didn't even see them blooming..and we have about 5 HUGE bushes bordering our driveway so it's not easy to miss.

This little slice of our life got me wondering about all the signs we have every day in our life.......
we know to STOP when we see that red sign.....my favorite one is 'KEEP MOVING' and you wouldn't believe how many people STOP at it...

Yes, we have signs all around us...we need to pay attention to them and if we don't know what they mean...search it out!!!  don't ignore them...and heed what they are telling us.....

I love my home..I am passionate about the way I furnish it...down to the smallest detail...and I am also an avid thrift store shopper...so when I found a magnetized spice rack with brand new spice containers, I saw that as a sign that I was on the right track in homemaking....I had just the weekend before been in Atlanta with Betsy looking through The Container Store for magnetized spice containers.....we couldn't find any but there they were in just a few days. at the thrift store I regularly go to...and all for $3......it was a sign of encouragement for me....something I had wanted and it was placed right in front of me ..I could have ignored it but I have tried to train myself to pay attention to the signs in my life.....

there are also signs that warn us of danger ahead, or to turn around, or that we are headed in a wrong direction.....

It is important to know the signs and to read them...and to do what they say...it is a fun thing to do a little research about......

what are the signs in your life?  are they telling you that you are going in the right direction?  or are they telling you to turn around..get on another path? 
I like signs....

oh, and the forsythia thing?   it means that the soil is beginning to warm up when the forsythia blooms..


from Organic Gardening....

In the case of those show-off forsythias, once they bloom, it's the perfect time to do the following tasks:
  • Remove mulch from irises and other perennials that you may have mulched heavily to prevent frost heaving.
  • Install floating row covers over cabbages if you have issues with cabbage worm.
  • Prune your roses. By the time the forsythias bloom, evidence of winter kill on your roses will be easy to spot. Healthy canes will be a greenish-brown color, and dead canes will be black. You can prune to remove this dead wood, as well as to generally shape and open up the plant.
  • Direct sow seeds for cool-season crops such as lettuce, greens, chard, peas, radishes, and carrots.
  • Plant potatoes.
None of these are set in stone, obviously. For example, many of us try to have our peas planted by St. Patrick's Day. But this provides a good general guideline for figuring out when the time is right to take care of certain tasks.


I hope you enjoyed this little bit of gardening wisdom.....

What are the signs in your life and what do they mean to you?  I would love to hear about them....

thanks for stopping by today...come again soon..

                                                      Mona
only a visionary will appreciate this..  :-)  my garden spot

2 comments:

  1. What? What? The garden is changing orientation?? Will is going to be all aflutter. LOL

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  2. My forsythia is blooming a bit too. I hope the camellias bloom properly as mine have plenty of buds. Has it been cold enough for them? Has it been cold enough for the Georgia and South Carolina peach crop? I do not know the answer. Thanks so much for visiting me. I need to be outside in my yard today but probably will not make it. hugs, olive

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