Spring Has Sprung! GBBD, April 2014
After months of below average temperatures and a winter that sometimes seemed like it would never end, spring has sprung in my Gettysburg, Pennsylvania garden. Temperatures shot up into the 70s at the end of last week and stayed there for four days, and suddenly flowers and trees popped into bloom. Spring in southern Pennsylvania usually unfolds slowly and sweetly, but this feels more like spring in Maine, where you wait and wait and wait and then – Wow!
Forsythia and daffodils are now fully in bloom.
|And hyacinths are beginning to open.|
|In the front flower bed, the Pulmonaria (lungwort) flowers are just about to bloom. (And, in fact, were blooming a few hours after I took this photo.)|
|In the back flower bed, Viburnum x burkwoodii has flower buds that are close to blooming and new leaves.|
All around my neighborhood, pink magnolia trees have also burst into bloom.
After days of warm temperatures and open windows, a powerful cold front swept through here last night, and temperatures plummeted down into the 20s. When I left for work this morning, the daffodil flowers were hanging limply and I feared that frosted magnolia flowers would turn to brown mush.
But the magnolia blooms survived the low temperatures, and by the time I returned home this evening, the daffodils had perked back up. On my walk home, I also saw cherry, pear, and apple trees blooming and even some eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis) beginning to bloom. Spring is here!
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is blooming this month in gardens around the world.