There is no doubt that spring is here in Gainesville, although it seems to have passed so many by. The cheerful bright pink rose that grows wild at the end of my driveway is putting out new growth, with bright red leaves, but no blooms just yet. Meanwhile, its neighbor, a smaller pink rose, is blooming with abandon. Many of my roses bloom for much of the year, but this one is not as prolific. It blushes with its own beauty, a frilly puff of magic.
The bees are busy collecting pollen to make honey for me. While this mock orange won’t produce any fruit from the bees’ busy work, the real oranges need them to help pollinate the fruits we’ll enjoy over the winter and into next spring.