Daffodils in Springtime

Because I’m tired of reading about old lady whiskers, let’s change the top post.

I love that we’re seeing daffodils popping up all over the place, but I’m about to gag smelling the bradford pear trees!

I know the weather is supposed to cool off again, but I won’t let it deter me from looking forward to spring!   What’s your favorite season?

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  1. I love seeing all the flowers and such, but I was wondering why I kept seeing walnut-sized holes dug into my yard… my dog doesn’t dig… she chases! Then the other day, the digger hopped up on my porch… a squirrel. Squirrels have seemingly boycotted my yard since MTEMC talked us into removing out trees and replacing them with stick figures of trees. But now the little snots are back… and they are trading my flower bulbs for whatever they can find…

    story to be continued….

  2. I’ve never noticed a smell from the Bradford Pears. I swear mine bloomed while I was at church Sunday morning.

  3. Better to look at than to smell:

    Bradford Spring (66 / 365)

  4. I noticed the Bradford Pear smell yesterday as I was walking in our neighborhood. I asked my husband if he smelled dead fish and he didn’t notice it as much as I did. I finally realized the smell was coming from the trees. Yuck but I agree, very pretty to look at.

  5. OK – I have to admit that the upcoming season is almost always my favorite. I guess I just like to look forward to things. Whichever holiday is next on the calendar is my favorite, too.

    The daffodils are complete ecstacy for my eyes. And the forsythia are exploding all over the place, love them too!!

    That said, the bradfords are causing terrible allergic reaction in my daughter. She is snuffling, coughing and has sad, red-rimmed eyes. I heavily trimmed both of the ones in my yard last year but they’re still blooming like mad.

    Cricket123: squirrels love tulip bulbs. So do mice. It’s best to mix up tulips with daffodils, which are poisonous and hated by mice and squirrels!

  6. Ok, looked up the reason behind stinky Bradford Pears:

    The fetid (stinking) flowers of Bradford pears are meant to smell like a rotting animal. This smell will attract blowfies. Bradfords use these insects to pollinate their flowers. Early bloomers, like Bradfords, may have better luck attracting flies than bees during a chilly spell. Evidently, they gave up on bees a long time ago. My guess is that nobody told you how stinking this pretty plant would be. Let me warn you ahead of time. If you buy a ginkgo tree, be sure and get a male. The female ginkgo also uses flies and beetles as pollinators. A female ginkgo makes a Bradford smell like a rose.

  7. KC – No problem! You know what I mean. :)

  8. That is so bizarre . . . I have NEVER noticed an odor from Bradford pears and our neighborhood is jam-packed with them.

    I wonder if there’s more than one species . . . i.e., a stinky one and a non-stinky one?? Any botany experts out there?

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