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Signs of Spring — Lime Trees, Daffodils, Labradors

March 15, 2010

Today in our spring series we have Ryan Nees, reporting from Indiana with budding lime flowers and daffodils, as well as an adorably excited dog.

It’s a qualified spring in Indiana, where my dad’s experiment in lime and orange tree cultivation has yielded buds (see pictured!) – but it’s still too cold to leave the potted trees outside by themselves at night. The trees, which he’s raised from seedlings for the past six years, are now several feet tall. Last summer was the first harvest season of limes: thirty-five of the fruit grew to about golf-ball size.

Meanwhile, the daffodils by our mailbox are springing from the still-decaying remains of summer past. The flowers have overtaken our plant beds ever since my elementary school took up the cause of American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. The fundraiser, which delivers the flowers in exchange for donations, is one of the organizations oldest events. “As the first flower of spring, the daffodil is a symbol of hope,” they say. “To the American Cancer Society, it represents the hope we all share for a future where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.”

Finally, a gratuitously adorable picture from a proud parent: my Labrador Casey, playing in the newly warm weather.

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