It's nearly Spring!

According to the calendar it is still winter, but we are enjoying mild days and cool nights here in Northern Texas. Brian and I spent the weekend working in the yard, cleaning out and re-mulching the flower beds, and we were amazed by both the flowers popping out and the perennials leafing out.

A Texas redbud:

We have several small saucer magnolias. This one is in the front yard, where it gets a little more sun. The one in the backyard is still budding:

Forsythia on the sunny side of the house:

In Ohio, where I grew up, I seem to remember the forsythia blooming before the leaves came out. Here, every year, it blooms and leafs out simultaneously. Not quite as showy, but still lovely!