Well here comes a dogwood winter. Or is it a Locust winter? This is the
strangest Spring I've noticed here or in Tennessee since I started noticing
the seasons closer. It's not very common for redbuds, dogwoods AND honey
Locust trees to be blooming at the same time. I will say that the redbuds
are winding down, but the white and pink dogwoods are in full throttle. And
two days ago I noticed along the interstate in Knoxville, the Honey Locust
trees starting to bud out. It blew my mind. So this weekend, we're getting
down to 35 or lower. The upper regions of the Smokies are expecting
snow.............(makes me glad I don't live up in Gatlinburg or Sevierville
or on the other side of the mountain on the way to North
Carolina..........). I will say as a Tennessee girl that I HAVE seen snow
on the dogwoods, but it's been a coon's age since seeing that happening.
And I just planted Delospermum...........and Fire Lights dianthus and two
yellow columbines called Swan's yellow.........sigh. Hopefully my little
micro-climate will protect them..........I need the rains that is bringing
in the cold front very badly.
The heatwave has been so brutal on my spring bulbs, it's like looking at
time lapse photography. So I take pictures and enjoy what I see. This year
the tree peony beside the NSSG blew my socks off. Anyone wishing to see her
picture, holler at me. It's beauty made me cry.
My tree peony (3' by 3') opened all its flowers at once. It is covered
with about 30 8" wide white flowers. I have 3 newer ones, only one
of which was big enough to bloom (at 1' by 1') and it has all three of
its flowers open - pink fully double blossoms, opening to about 6".
Such huge flowers on such small trees. The only thing with all
opening at once is the short display. Instead of 3 -4 weeks of
blooms, I'll get only one :(
western NC, zone 7a
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