For twenty years the little woody area on one side of my lot was just another mess that I tried not to look at. Since the tree-cutting
of last summer, I've started to notice it. And when it was occupied by an interesting troop of quail,
I really paid attention to it.
This year, super-rainy March
made most plants bud out. But the trees in that mini-woods appeared to be dead. Since I hadn't paid attention to them before, I didn't know their pattern; they might have been dead for several years and I wouldn't have noticed. I was worried.
Today, after two bright sunny 78-degree days, all of those trees are suddenly popping buds and turning their branches green.
Okay, no doubt about it. I've become a certifiable plant freak. Completely ignorant and uninformed, but trying to learn.