Spring abounds with surprise: the passion vine I put in a thin layer of old dirt, next to our driveway, has produced its first flower. Check out Wikipedia's entry on Passion Vine for the meaning behind the name: all aspects of the flower have been associated with things relating to Jesus' suffering and death.
The bluebonnets by the road are also popping out now, among other things.
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