More Maples and Springy-ish-ness

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Last week we spent the first afternoon of spring at the Arboretum, exploring the tapped maple trees there and also looking for signs of spring.

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The Arb uses different equipment for tapping trees — most notable are the bright blue bags, which make it easy to see the sap inside.

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They also run these hoses between taps — and use the law of gravity — to collect sap from multiple trees. The Arb collects a lot of sap. Last year, they made 111 gallons of syrup. And if you figure that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup, that means they collected nearly 4,500 gallons of sap last spring. That’s quite impressive!

Another impressive tidbit to share concerns our watch for signs of springy-ish-ness. It’s impressive how much snow has melted since our Arboretum trip two weeks before this. Remember how we couldn’t find a single bench to sit on?

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And remember the magnolia tree with the nearly invisible bench?

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Well, the snow is melting and the girls found multiple places to sit!

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Also, the tips of the magnolia’s branches are {maybe} looking a tad bit fuzzier.

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In closing, I must credit the cranberries for their bold color contributions while we await the arrival of spring flowers and all.

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Thank you, cranberries. And happy spring, y’all!

 

 

 

 

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