It’s not the tree pollen, or the grass growing, or the birds that stop to visit as they migrate north that tell me spring has arrived. No, I know spring is here because my beloved Texas mountain laurels are blooming. Have you ever seen a Texas mountain laurel in bloom? They’re spectacular. The trees are lovely any time of year with their shiny oval leaves, but it’s the blooms that knock you out. They grow in clusters like grapes or wisteria, and they have the most intoxicating aroma of grape jelly. Seriously. When you smell them, you immediately think of a big jar of Welch’s grape jelly. It’s heavenly. The problem is that it’s also short-lived. Those gorgeous, fruity blooms only last a week or two and they’re gone. I’m sharing them with you before it’s too late. If only we had smellavision.