It's the dead middle of winter one day and then a warm breeze blows up and then, next day it seems, clouds of Bradford Pear blooms erupt announcing that it is here again. Spring. Out in the country, runaway daffodils show where home places used to be. Left unchecked like this, they may cover acres, adding yellow sunshine to the last of the drab, leafless days.
Then come the leaves back, just a whisper at first, a green haze over the winter-brown branches. You're not even sure you're seeing it for a day or two. Then they dare sprout on out and reset the seasons, fast-forwarding from winter to spring again. Then the old standbys start blooming. This Japanese Magnolia in front of our TV station on South Jefferson in Jackson could be named Ole Faithful. It gives us and passers-by one of our first alerts that the sun is higher than it has been since last fall, and even the cold snaps won't last as long now as they did just a few weeks ago.
Neighborhoods start to glow purple with the blooming of the red buds. Some times they bloom alone in an otherwise stand of baron tree branches. But in no time the leaves around join in with them and the world takes on the color of Easter eggs.
Oaks are blooming. That adds to the color coming back into the cheeks of nature. And the maples are putting on seeds. They'll be helicopterng all over the place soon as they start to dislodge and float on warm breezes. The pines are about to pollinate, too. You'll know when they do because everybody will be driving a yellow car for a few days.
The season pays you back for the hard work you did last fall of setting out bulbs. Or one fall years ago. Or someone set them out some fall some time. You plant the bulb first, and see nothing for months. But then, this time of year they bloom. You don't get flowers if you wait to plant them until blooming time. Or forget to plant them at all.
Daddy watched for the Carolina Jasmine. To him, when it bloomed that was spring again. You may have another indicator. The dogwood is budding and will be next. And this yard in the Belhaven neighborhood already has azaleas. Only thing left to do is dust off the front porch swing, get the ice tea ready to sit and watch the rest of it unfold.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:41 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:41:49 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-06-18 17:13:45 GMT
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson PoliceMore >>
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:00:46 GMT
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men rob at least four people at a Jackson church. Officer Colendula Green tells us around 6:22 Monday evening the group was standing outsideMore >>
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men robbed at least four people at a Jackson church Monday night.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:37:58 GMT
An accident that occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on I-20 W. resulted in at least one fatality. The accident happened between Bovina and Flowers. A bystander told WLBT/WDBD the multi-vehicle accidentMore >>
A second person has died from a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Warren County Saturday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:11:50 GMT
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday, resulted in at least one death. A one-and-a-half year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner SharonMore >>
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday evening resulted in the death of a toddler. Officials have made an arrest in the death.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:26:53 GMT
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson Monday morning. Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one maleMore >>
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:59:19 GMT
LYNCHBURG, VA (RNN) – Kimberly Burke is used to capturing emotion. As a wedding photographer, she has an eye for tender moments, like the photo she snapped of a Marine and his bride praying that has goneMore >>
A quiet moment captured before a couple wed has brought collective "awws" by millions on the internet.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
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