The 'Okame' cherry just won't open her buds. It's the earliest of all the flowering cherries to bloom, and it's a lovely light pink. Last year, which was very warm very early, this cherry was in full bloom on March 31. Look at her now, April 16, holding fast and tight to those buds.
It's not just my faulty recollection; I have pictures and they are automatically dated, and they show this tree in glorious fluffy full color more than two weeks earlier last year.
In fact, I apparently had a creative burst a year ago on April 16, and I took about 40 photos of the entire yard, and everything was leafed out or blooming! The redbuds were starting to bloom their intense magenta and the ornamental pear was a haze of white blossoms. The funny bottlebrushes of the fothergillas were completely out. The daffodils were sunning themselves happily.
|April 16 last year|
|the same daffodils April 16 this year|
The tulips were up. This year there are none, zero, not a single tulip peeking through the cold soil, but that is because of the voles, another lament that I can add to my woes about weather.
It was all too early last year, and that was just as much an anomaly as this year is. But after such a long winter, this interminable waiting, weeks of waiting now, is wearing on me.
Thank goodness for the dwarf forsythia. Its cheerful yellow against the bare red stems of the redtwig dogwoods provide the only spring color for my starved eyes.
You may recall that I planned to take out the long low lumpy line of dwarf forsythias that looked so bad along the foundation. I did. I took them all out last week, except for this one remaining shrub. I left this one to anchor the corner. This one looked the best and had a decent form and so it stayed.
As if to justify being saved from the shovel, this one 'Golden Peep' dwarf forsythia has completely redeemed my faith in a tardy, slow spring. Maybe I should threaten all the other spring bloomers in my garden. . . go after them with the intent to remove and replace them, and see if they step up like this gorgeous little forsythia has.