Frost Free

Spring is coming. Spring is coming.

Hours of sunlight increase my minutes each day. Snow shrinks into the ground followed by cold, early spring rain. Brave bulbs break the surface as if testing the air. But it’s spring in all it’s promise and glory when these familiar yellow blossoms burst on the scene.


Forsythia shrubs planted to make a hedge practically shout the season. The one pictured above thrives next to a busy highway. You also find them hanging out along back yard fences and snuggling up to patio fences.

Native to Japan and China, the name Forsythia is derived from a Scottish botanist — William Forsyth. And if you find the right Chinese herbalist, it will be among his top fifty medicinal plants.

I think I’ll just enjoy the sight and leave the brewing of remedies for others.

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