It has been a wet spring here in New Jersey, and the flowers have responded well to it, displaying more stress-reducing blooms.
We received a good soaking of rain yesterday, while temperatures soared into the 70’s (20’s Celsius). The Magnolias trees outdid each another to bloom and open up their flowers. We have two trees and together they have thousands of buds opening up today.
A Star Magnolia (Magnolia Stellata) is normally the first one to bloom, but this year it yielded to the above trees.
It has been a really cool spring this year. One day, I suddenly realized that there were no flowers on our Magnolia Soulangeana trees which in other years would be covered with thousands of pink blooms. The frost had killed all but two of the buds, so no flower show this year! Fortunately, our Jane Magnolias, which bloom later did not suffer from the same fate. Thus we still have some pink Magnolias around the house.
Some other late bloomers also came through with a good showing.
Our Asian pear trees also did very well.
Finally when the Goldfinches molt and change their winter coats for bright breeding colors, you know that Spring has arrived.