I planted a sapling white oak in our back yard (about 6 to 8 feet tall) in 1999, as a birthday gift to my wonderful wife Pam. Today it is taller than our two story house, and a very fine looking tree. A couple of years ago, it actually produced a modest crop of acorns! This afternoon I came across some pictures of the fall colors that I took last year, and I thought it would be nice to capture the new leaves of another year, as well. There's an old saying that when the oak leaves are as big as a mouses ear, you can plant your corn... Hmmmm... I think I'm behind schedule. All I've gotten in the ground so far is our potatoes. Normally we would still have the threat of a hard frost this time of year, so we rarely even bother to get our tomatoes and peppers and such until late April. But this year...? Any time now, really. It's a little chilly today, but I think the chances of seeing any frost now are all but gone. That's fine with me. As I noted in a previous post, from last month, we really didn't have much of a winter this year. Who knows what that means for summer temperatures, fire danger, insect populations... could be an interesting summer.