Friday, April 3, 2009

Fickle is Typical

It's hard to believe that in a few short weeks the ornamental peach tree in the front yard will look like this. Pleasant weather over the last week or so teased leaf buds out along the branches, but so far they remain tightly closed. The dismal forecast for next week: cloudy, windy, and possibility of snow. I hope the hidden blossoms aren't lost to the cold.
This spring seems atypical to me. However, I'm not sure there even is such a thing as typical April weather--unless fickle can be considered typical.The hyacinths and daffodils seem shorter and later than usual, but at least they're making an appearance. The forsythia is blooming at the bottom of the shrub, where the branches are protected by grass, but the buds on the upper branches remain tightly closed so I don't see color unless I'm standing right next to it, looking down. Any day now all of these first flowers should open. It will be interesting to see what they do in the cold. Will the flowers be unfazed by snow showers? How do such fragile-looking blossoms withstand the cold? I wish roses could bloom in the snow. But each flower blooms in its season, and I appreciate them all the more for the wait. Peach Tree photo by JulenaJo.


  1. I notice a trend this year, well perhaps all years, gardeners are really, really anxious to see all the blossoms and blooms, and to get out and start planting.This makes it worse when Mother nature is so fickle.

  2. I know we have had the most fickle March and Early April this year. I guess no two years are the same. I hope you will post pics of that shrub when it blooms all the way. It is beautiful. I might have to get one.

  3. oh This is beautiful.. I am waiting to see a very similar view of my Daphne bush.. please spring, come very soon!!!

  4. Won't it be beautiful? We are all so anxious for this unpredictable Ohio weather to warm up and stay warm. Alas it will not be this week. I am hoping the Lilacs and other trees such as your will not get their blooms hurt.Will be looking for pictures of your when it blooms.