Look into the woods of Connecticut during early spring and you'll likely notice stands of low-growing shrubs leafing out in an almost eerie lime-green. It's likely Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC) at its worst - invading our woodlands.
Spring seems to be in a hurry here in southern CT, as if she is late for an appointment with Summer. It's now nearing the end of April and all my early daffodils and naricssi have finished or nearly finished blooming and my Poet's Daffodils (Narcissus poeticus recurvus) are in full bloom. Yet last year, I posted about an early narcissi bouquet of yellow tinged blossoms on April 22, 2009 and my Poet's were still at least a couple of weeks from bloom.
An article in the New York Times offers some interesting food for thought – reflections on 40 years of Earth Days and the current thoughts from Stewart Brand. Those as old and older than I might remember that name as the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog way back in 1968. Today some versions of the Whole Earth Catalog are available online, right next to Brand's more recent works. I'll date myself by revealing I had a copy of the Spring 1969 issue and the Last Whole Earth Catalog from June 1971. Now, with four decades of environmental thinking under his belt, Brand has changed his positions from previous stances – might make for lively dinner table conversation.