Grouse About The Rain, And This Is What You Get
So apparently the weather gods took note of my last post complaining about our torrential rains and flooding. The weather gods don’t appreciate malcontents.
Yesterday I drove home from downstate. Flooded roads and highways turned my usual four hour drive into an eight hour trek. When I woke up at home the next morning, the ground was covered with a light blanket of snow.
I had to get up early and go to my gardening class, and the morning cold had a sharp bite. On the plus side, temperatures in the low 30s do tend to keep me awake. The sun did come out in the afternoon, and the snow melted away.
All these abnormally cold days have slowed the advance of spring, but have not stopped it entirely. The spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is finally blooming.
More people should plant spicebush. It blooms before the forsythia, though the blooms are a lot more subtle. And whereas I think of forsythia as having only one season of interest, spicebush has three. In addition to the yellow spring flowers, spicebush has ornamental red berries starting in late summer and nice golden yellow fall color.
In addition to the spicebush, the very first of the daffodils have begun blooming. I’m afraid I lost track of what variety this is.
Many plants not yet in bloom but are making good progress in that direction. The red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa L.) flower buds are already visible. Actually, they look kind of like little green cauliflowers.
As are the buds on these Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).
Other than bulbs, what are your favorite early spring blooms – and which flower buds make you happiest when they appear?