Garden Diary - April 2020

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Flowers Around Town in April

Since the seriousness of covid-19 became apparent early in March people have pretty much been isolating at home, other than expeditions shopping for groceries and similar necessities. Occasionally I drive or Himself drives me in a loop around town to photograph what's in flower. I take some images from inside the car, others from just outside the car. There are fewer vehicles on the road, an occasional person walking or bicycling. Let me share what I have seen.

There are links to other months and their flowers at the bottom of this entry.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Just a short loop this morning. Tinsman to Ridge Road, then onto Route 12 towards Frenchtown for two specific trees I wanted to photograph. Turn to go back home with another stop along the way on Ridge Road. Smattering of traffic on Route 12, otherwise nothing to speak of.

The uncommon weeping form of redbud, Cercis canadensis.
It's a graft onto an upright trunk to create the umbrella effect.

The pea-like flowers emerge directly from the branch.
The cold fuchsia pink color is rather harsh. I do know
where there are white ones but not my current travel.

The next house over has a pair of flowering dogwoods with
quite red flowers. Odds are they are the Rutger's cultivar,
Cornus florida 'Red Beauty'

The brightly colored portion are bracts, surrounding the cluster of

small, inconspicuous actual flowers in the center.


Heading back home now, with a pause to admire the lilacs, Syringa vulgaris,

that are just beginning to open

and the double flowered cherry, flowering a full month after Prunus 'Okame'.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Another looping ride around town. There was a little more traffic on Milford Road and Route 12 but still nothing like in the times before covid-12. A couple of bitter cold nights put paid to magnolias. Single flowering cherries about done. Doubles are starting. Now it is the apple's turn to bloom too.

A weeping cherry tree on the corner of Tinsman and Ridge Roads.

There are several double flowering cherry trees along Frenchtown-Milford Road
in Frenchtown. Perhaps there was a community planting effort several years ago.


A splendid wild apple tree in a field on Milford Road, towards the outskirts of town.

This tree is right next to Harrison Street in town. Apple blossom pink, so tender.

All it takes is a few days to go from starting to open to beautifully in bloom.

A closeup of the vivid pink flowers. This year they are especially profuse.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

I don't know the history of this apple tree on Ridge Road near the old stone house.
It was deliberately planted, that is sure. I don't recall seeing apples on it. But with
these intense carmine pink flowers it might be a cultivar grown for its blossoms.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Himself has a prescription to pick up at the pharmacy. Phone them
when you arrive outside their door and someone will bring it curbside.

We also bought two flat pleated surgical masks (all the store is allowing
per patron, priced at $3.99 apiece.) Himself asked if I wanted to join him

and there are more flowers to enjoy on our short drive from home to pharmacy and back again.

The saucer magnolias are just fabulous this year. Typically our weather is not frost free
until Mother's Day in May. But there has been no frost for a couple of weeks so the large
and tender petals of all the Magnolia ×soulangeana have been undamaged perfection.

Sort of behind a house, down a slope and near a small water course. There's a bench
and a table, pale pink weeping cherry and yellow forsythia. Sunshine makes it perfect.

Buttercup yellow petals and an orange red cup make these daffodils
a cheery sight. See the brown lump, upper left in the bush? It's a nest,
last year's, probably robin. I've seen them around. The earth still turns.

More bulbs, in Frenchtown. Sturdy pink and blue hyacinths to sweetly scent the air.

Turning back towards home. Yet another flowering cherry showing off its pink blossoms.

Now we're home. Star magnolias, Magnolia stellata, down in my woods glimmer in the sun.

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