Who would have imagined that we would be looking at cherries in bloom for christmas, but it has been that kind of year. All over the downtown of Frederick you can see the cherries and plums starting to bloom. The extra heat of the city is popping these plants that are supposed to bloom late March or April. Fortunately our trees (except for the camellias and quince that I’ve already posted) are mostly just hanging back, not wanting to be fooled into spending their spring flowers ahead of time.
However, I did see that the Gentiana acaulis that I coaxed into growing on a piece of tufa rock in the front garden has put out one very large flower bud, almost ready to open up.
Unlike the Gentiana paradoxa that a I posted a few weeks ago, this one is a spring flower, with glorious blue blossoms, normally in late March/early April.
The Daphne odora along the driveway is often an earlier bloomer and its flowers look ready to appear.
Another flower that is among the early spring contributors is the Primula vulgaris and indeed the first of these blossoms is now showing.
But one that has me completely surprised is the Jeffersonia dubia.
This is part of the spring ephemerals but definitely not of the first to appear. Nevertheless it is out now buds with several more buds looking ready to pop.
So as we begin the new year, it’s worth quoting from a letter that E.B. White wrote in 1973 – ‘Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.’
Peace and Joy — jw