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.