April 28, 2013

Spring in Connecticut

It's a tentative spring in Connecticut. The beautiful yellow magnolia 'Elizabeth' isn't quite ready to open yet, but oh how she wants to!

How tightly she holds onto those vulnerable buds. We are still getting temperatures in the 30s at night, so she's wise to keep everything tightly closed up. Soon, though.

The Japanese maple 'Orange Dream' is holding its leaves furled up against cold nights. The foliage opens a bright orange with red tints, looking like a soft copper haze from a distance, but fiery orange up close.



While we wait for this tentative spring to make a move, here's what else is going on:

Jim and I are walking in support of Foodshare in Hartford on May 5, and if any of you wonderful bloggers and gardeners out there want to donate for our effort, I would love it. Foodshare helps people all over central Connecticut who need assistance feeding their families.

Here is our page, and thank you so much for helping us out!

Our Donation page

Connecticut may have a reputation as a wealthy state, and that is true in a few pockets of privilege and comfort. But in most of the state there is the same need as everywhere else -- hard times are found here.

We are a very small state geographically (48th -- only two states are littler) but with over three and half million people in our small area we rank 29th out of 50 states in population. We're a little crowded, but we still have woods and open areas of great beauty around us.

With that many people, though, you know there are some who will need our assistance and no one should go hungry, anywhere, ever.

Thanks! If you decide to donate, you have my greatest appreciation.

Now, if you could just get spring to hurry up and come to Connecticut. The grass is greening, but the trees are still a little reluctant.

 

26 comments:

  1. everything is very far behind here...I ache for summer to arrive! your spring is quite pretty already! LOVE the little bridge

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    1. Tootsie, Thanks. Last year when it was unusually hot in March I complained about everything being too early. Now I complain that it is a reluctant, cool spring. Perfect would be right in the middle!

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  2. Reluctant is right, Laurrie. And the maples are the poster trees. Strange to have a year when leaves just don't want to face the chilly nights in almost-May. And lest you and I think we're the only Nutmeggers marveling, every Connecticut gardener I've talked with says the same.

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    1. Lee, I know, all of CT is in a strange holding pattern, waiting, waiting, for buds to open and leaves to unfurl. It won't be long now, but May is coming on very slowly.

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  3. We are a little ahead of your area. I have a friend who has one of these yellow magnolias. It has already bloomed. A real beauty.

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    1. Lisa, Today is a warm sunny day in the high 60s, and my yellow magnolia buds are actually opening as I type. Today will be the day!! A show by tomorrow : )

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  4. We seem to be at the same time as you, buds waiting for just a bit more warmth. All the best on your walk!

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    1. Patty, thanks. This waiting is getting old -- time to speed things up a little now!

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  5. I love that this magnolia has soft yellow flowers since that isn't a color you see on many trees in the spring. Good luck on your walk. What a wonderful cause. :o)

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    1. Tammy, The magnolia is unusual, and even the yellow color is rare-- it's a real creamy, buttery yellow. When it does open, the blooms are huge.

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  6. Nice color on that Japanese Maple. Looks like we are actually a little ahead of you - but you have definitely turned the corner!

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    1. Jason, you probably are well ahead of us right now. I'm hoping we turn the corner this week, since we're having mild temps now. Could use some rain though!

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  7. I'm luxuriating in this spring! All the spring bloomers are lasting so long. Perennials are taking their sweet time emerging from their winter nap giving me plenty of time to gleefully move and divide them. Every night I come home from work and head out to the garden. I took Friday off and went to six nurseries, this morning three more. Somebody pinch me!

    Good for you for walking for Foodshare. I prefer to keep the bulk of my charitable giving local and they are one of my favorite local charities.

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    1. Sue, what a successful couple of days you had! Nine nursery visits --- can't wait to see some posts on what you brought home : )

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  8. Wow you've posted two wonderful trees, the magnolia is going to be magnificent when it is in full bloom and the Japanese maple is gorgeous close up :)

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    1. Rosemary, thanks. These are two of my favorite trees right now!

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  9. Hi Laurrie....This year has had such strange weather. We've had three late frosts. The yellow buds are beautiful and the color of that Maple is just unreal...it's like the bush is on fire!! Hope spring comes to stay soon!

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    1. Christy, Spring will arrive, but part of the reason it is so slow is not just cold weather, but dryness. We are 50% of normal precipitation and that is holding back everything from bursting out. Need rain!

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  10. All lovely! Here in Central PA we are finally getting warmed up-- trees leafing out, earliest lilac bloom

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    1. Larkspur, what a change in just the two days since I posted this-- we are finally getting some greenery and buds opening today. Hope you are too.

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  11. Good luck on your walk. I agree that in America, no one should go hungry. Your Orange Dream is absolutely beautiful! What a striking tree to see out in the garden.

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    1. Holley, Orange Dream is finally coming into its own. I planted it a few years ago and it is now showing its pretty, rich colors. Spring really is its time. It turns chartreuse green in summer.

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  12. Your grass really does look green, ours has a hint but we're still not quite there. and not a bud in sight open yet. I'm rather infatuated with your japanese maple.

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    1. Marguerite, I'm glad you like the Japanese maple, it lives up to its name, very orange right now, and kind of dreamy! Here's hoping you get some greenery and some budding soon.

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  13. Great J Maple color...spring is here and I so want to plant out my veggies but I know better.

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  14. Donna, "but I know better" is the mark of an experienced gardener. Don't be lured by some warm days!!

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