Spring is here!

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Home Builder with Winslow Homes

I hope it is!  It's been warm here in Wake Forest, NC recently, and there are signs all around!

The trees all have their blooms starting, and I'm most thankful that the large American Elm in our backyard is Unknown aquatic invertebrate in Dunn Creekblooming.  It had a rough year last year with the drought conditions, the extreme heat, and then me accidentally putting a bunch of lime at the base of it!  I think it's making it...

We also saw some nymphs in our creek, here's one now.  Anyone have any ideas on who this is?  I've got a couple of leads out on it, but no answer yet.  One thinks it may be a mayfly nymph, but I don't know.  There were about 100 or so of them in 4-6 inches of clean gently water, on the sandy

bottom only.  Not on the rocks, just on the sand.

Salamander

We also saw a salamander in our creek.  Fun!  Don't know much about them, except I used to find them in a creek when I was a kid in Mauldin, SC.  Some kinda fun!

And I heard chorus frogs today at Horse Creek.  Saw some daffodils blooming on a drive, and then some fosythia bushes in full bloom.

We got out in the yard and raked up all the leaves, weeded the gardens, and geneally enjoyed our yard!  Our oldest daughter got some of our discarded iris bulbs (those things multiply so fast!) and put them in her little "garden" in the back that her grandfather built for her.

Unknown Grass before it flowers

And one of my favorite signs of spring:  we have these two unkown species of grass that come up in through the pine straw in our back yard and bloom.  One has white flowers and one has violet colored flowers.  Right now they are just clumps of grass, but soon...I'll try to get a series of pictures as they develop.  They are some of my favorites after all!

And I can't wait for the large purple wild violets on to the right of our house and the small delicate white ones on the left...yay spring!

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Rainmaker
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Carolyn Kolba
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Jeremy, it is so nice to see some real signs of Spring.  I had amost lost all hope that it was ever going to come again.  I heard that the poor folks up in Minneapolis got sixteen inches of snow today.  Wow... that's so much to have to put up with.  It makes Cleveland where I live... seem more like Wake Forest.

Feb 21, 2011 02:57 PM #1
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Keith Vermilyea
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Jeremy ~ our local forecast is calling for single digit lows with more snow and rain during the day for the next seven days, ARGH! 

Feb 21, 2011 03:11 PM #2
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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Carolyn isn't it nice?!  I do love spring, and have enjoyed watching the little snippets we're having now.

I lived in Ashland, Wisconsin for 5 years while in college, and I missed Spring starting in February!  It started in April there, and sometimes waited until May.  So I feel your pain!

Feb 21, 2011 03:14 PM #3
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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Keith, it won't be long!!

Feb 21, 2011 03:15 PM #4
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Matt Grohe
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Jeremy: It seemed like spring was here with temps up in the 60's and with all the snow melting off but now it's cold again and we even had some flurries today.

Feb 21, 2011 03:46 PM #5
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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Matt, it's been up and down in temps here as well, but not as far down as you have it!

We had a hi of 76 yesterday, but we're down to 55 today.  Again, nothing compared to Des Moines, but still a 20 degree swing in one day.  But the frogs and flowers aren't going to go away...

Feb 21, 2011 11:34 PM #6
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Jeremy, it has been awesome around here hasn't it?  I love the little critters you found in the creek...  Spring is certainly just around the corner for some of us...  Now if someone could just name those little tuffs of grass!
Pamela

Mar 03, 2011 07:56 AM #7
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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Pamela, it has been very nice the last fee weeks!

The critters are apparently mayfly larvae, but about a month early that I would expect.  They are still there, so I'll keep tabs as best I can.

The tufts of grass are coming up more, and soon will be blooming.  I'll find out the name once I can see the flowers.  I've also got some shots of them spaced over several days, so that'll be a blog in the near future!

Have a great weekend!

Mar 04, 2011 05:57 AM #8
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Dale Ganfield
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Hi Jerremy, I am with you.  I am glad Spring is close by if not yet here. 

Mar 04, 2011 09:42 AM #9
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
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Amen, Dale.  Amen.

Mar 04, 2011 02:50 PM #10
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