Spring’s returns

Whether or not you got your taxes in on time, spring is sending out huge returns right this minute. As a gardener I have paid close enough attention to spring that I really shouldn’t ever be surprised by it but yet again, I’m feeling amazed at how quickly it’s happening. Tree buds that were still tightly closed (if swollen) last week when I checked them must have opened over the weekend. Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) that was tucked under the leaves in the bosquet last week is poking up today like a forest of tiny umbrellas. Ferns that were still tightly knobbed are beginning to lengthen into fiddleheads. Grape hyacinth are out in force; trout lily are displaying their peeled banana blooms; and a close-up look at a red-tinted horizon reveals the most delicate garnet flowers on the red maples (Acer rubrum).

And the daffodils. I knew it was coming (and we predicted that this would be the week) but they’re totally peaking now. I am tempted to say that it doesn’t get any better than this but of course it does. By the day.

So if you’re on vacation with your kids this week, I sure hope you return to Blithewold for Daffodil Days or at least get outside to reap spring’s awesome reward. (Given the weather forecast for the next few days — no hot weather in sight yet — it looks like the daffs will be in peak right through and into next week. And by then there should be a few more tulips too!)

Is spring at its peak in your garden too? For a look at spring’s return all over the country and the world, head over to May Dreams Gardens for April Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

2 thoughts on “Spring’s returns

  1. Beautiful Daffs. I like that our New England spring is unfurling slowly and allowing everything to have its time. Last year was so frenetic and over before we could appreciate it properly.

    Reed, this spring does feel quick to me — suddenly. But at least it’s “on time.” Last year was a good 3 weeks ahead. So strange… -kris

  2. It all looks beautiful. I’m eagerly awaiting spring to swing a little more jazzily up here. Soon, soon.

    Helen! It’s so nice to “see” you here! (the Buffalo fling feels like an age ago, doesn’t it?) Is your spring about a week or two behind ours? -kris

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