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Title: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: corkybstewart on March 04, 2011, 11:07:47 PM
I guess it's officially springtime here.  Wandering around the estate today I noticed that the almond trees have started to blossom, and a couple of days ago Cascade shoots started coming up everywhere.  Steam hop shoot salad is on the menu this weekend.
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: pinnah on March 04, 2011, 11:25:08 PM
Dang!  That sounds dreamy! 
Springtime in the desert is hard to beat.

I did see the silly aspen buds popping a bit yesterday,
but a foot of the white stuff is forecast for Monday here.

Hop shoots?  Everything is good with bleu cheese dressing. ;)
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: corkybstewart on March 05, 2011, 12:24:15 AM
 My wife is French, she makes an amazing vinaigrette that works great with steamed hop shoots.  We don't eat any of that thick gooey salad dressing around here.
BTW since I started this thread there have been a couple dozen more blossoms open up.
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: weazletoe on March 05, 2011, 03:56:25 AM
I been smelling a lot of skunks the last few days. Sure sign of spring!
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: bluesman on March 05, 2011, 04:12:05 AM
Yea...I saw the first signs of the hops shooting up. Won't be long now here in the mid-atlantic.

Think Spring!
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: euge on March 05, 2011, 08:14:12 AM
I been smelling a lot of skunks the last few days. Sure sign of spring!

My fig trees are showing their leaves. The grass is getting green and I'll probably have to mow it. Jeez what happened? I need to get the tomatoes out quick!

But as far as desert goes it's been dryyy.

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RAINFALL SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 TO FEBRUARY 28, 2011...

                   RAINFALL(INCHES)  NORMAL   DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

AUSTIN MABRY           4.95          12.89         -7.94
AUSTIN BERGSTROM       6.09          13.77         -7.68
SAN ANTONIO            4.21          11.84         -7.63
DEL RIO                0.27           5.24         -4.97
Title: Re: It's springtime in the desert
Post by: corkybstewart on March 05, 2011, 03:04:34 PM
I been smelling a lot of skunks the last few days. Sure sign of spring!

My fig trees are showing their leaves. The grass is getting green and I'll probably have to mow it. Jeez what happened? I need to get the tomatoes out quick!

But as far as desert goes it's been dryyy.

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RAINFALL SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 TO FEBRUARY 28, 2011...

                   RAINFALL(INCHES)  NORMAL   DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

AUSTIN MABRY           4.95          12.89         -7.94
AUSTIN BERGSTROM       6.09          13.77         -7.68
SAN ANTONIO            4.21          11.84         -7.63
DEL RIO                0.27           5.24         -4.97
We've had no rain and only 3 inches of snow since October, it's bone dry out here..  And I see more dead skunks on the road to my office every day.
We don't plant tomatoes until after Easter here because there's always one more freeze coming.