It rained all day yesterday. I thought I heard rainfall also during the night. It continued this morning and did not stop until mid morning. I went out to see what survived or was ruined, and was pleasantly surprised as all the flowers came through and actually seemed to thrive.
A cold beginning for Spring 2022 has decimated our early magnolias and Asian pear flowers. Today, at the end of April, temperatures climbed above 50°F (10°C) but a strong wind makes it feel much colder. The “Judy Zuk” Magnolia tree that I planted five years ago is bearing vibrant yellow flowers. Judy Zuk was the president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1990 to 2005, and this magnolia is a hybrid developed there.
Another late bloomer that has escaped frost is the Susan Magnolia, a smaller tree than the Soulangeana Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia). We have two trees of the Soulangeana but both lost all of their flowers this year. Fortunately, we have three Susan Magnolias.
Last but not least are the dependable Bleeding Hearts which have started to come up.
I have not been posting here since last July, but have continued to photograph, although not as often as I used to. Hopefully, the following photos may help reduce stress for all of us during this coronavirus pandemic.
It’s amazing how a few days of sunshine and warmer temperatures brought forth the beauty of Spring as flowers rival one another to bloom and display their colors. I took the following shots over two different mornings around our house.
“Jane” Magnolia, although not as prolific as earlier blooming Magnolias, never suffer from frost damage, and usually have a second blooming period in mid summer. When most other flowers have come and gone, the Jane Magnolias peek out proudly from upper branches, like the one I captured this morning.
Early Spring was brutal, and even today, in mid spring, it still feels cold enough to warrant a jacket when I went outside to take pictures. Many flowers were blooming, with a wide range of colors, from the most intense to the truly delicate.
The following pictures are from the same Dogwood tree that grows in the woods at the back of our house.
We received two inches of rain today and most of the time it was not only wet but cloudy and humid. However, there was a brief interlude when the sun came out which allowed me to capture our flowers at their best, covered with rain drops.
Not to be outdone, the PJM Rhododendron bushes also flouted their splendor.
Winter keeps lingering on in the Northeast, but there are sure signs of spring. Today, even though it was rainy and cloudy I went out around the house to take stock of which spring flowers are coming up. Many are, perhaps later than in other years, but, as the following photos prove, they will be in their full glory in a matter of days.
If you are getting bored of my BIF photos, this following picture, taken at Holgate two weeks ago, is for you.
All right, so no more BIF today.
The other day, while trying to capture the Red-bellied Woodpecker in flight, I noticed our magnolia tree was getting loaded with birds.
That was not the end of it. One more bird hopped on.
Then there was our House Finch next to a Junco.
Our yellow magnolia doesn’t have any leaf, but all of its flowers are open and clearly visible through our windows and patio door. They definitely brighten these first spring days which are still quite chilly if not outright cold.
Here are some shots I took today once I came home from work.
Spring is now beginning to display flowers in their full splendor. Yesterday afternoon, I walked around our yard and took the following photographs, which give you a range of colors, from yellow and green to pink and red.
The wind was fairly strong, and after a while I gave up trying to use my tripod and shot the following without it.
A close look at a magnolia.
Finally, here’s a full riot of them.
You may like to view the images in full-size by just clicking on them.
This winter has really been the coldest we have experienced. On some days, when I left the house to go to work, the temperature has been as low as -5 F (-24 C). I have had to replace my car battery one night, and the AAA man who came to replace it said they never ever had to replace so many batteries in one month.
Here’s a photo of a branch of our yellow magnolia tree encased in ice. I hope the flower buds will survive and bloom again this spring.
The animals of course have to find food any way they can. I saw the deer below nib at one of our neighbor’s tree. If you look closely you’ll see that it has lost one of its antlers. This is normal, and the remaining one should fall off eventually. Around this time of the year, deer shed their antlers, which will regrow in the spring.
I put out sunflower seeds and managed to take pictures of some cute birds.
Our backyard cardinals were not to be seen. Maybe they got offended by the post I wrote the other day.