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Monday, March 18, 2013

Thunder brings out the buds and the blooms

Sauce Magnolia "Rustic Rubra"
There is always a day in early spring (or late winter to be accurate) when you wake up and look outside and the plants are noticeably greener and buds are popping out all over. This is often preceded by a thunderstorm and I've always heard the old saying that thunder causes buds to open. We had a nice thunderstorm last week and thunder is again rumbling this morning. 

When I looked out the window this morning, the first thing I noticed that that the hedges were greener than usual and much more vibrant. There are other signs that spring has arrived.

Buds opening on the hydrangeas - don't prune them off!

Starflower (Ipheion)

Kerria (Kerria japonica)

Bear's Foot Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)
Ornamental Kale going to seed
Vinca major
Rosemary "Arp"
Euphorbia "Despina"
Euphorbia "Despina"
Loropetalum - not sure about the vareity. It was purchased about 12 years ago at Wilkerson Mills Nursery in Georgia. I found the receipt in my garden journal and it said "Witch Hazel - Loropetalum". It is very large (see the following photo) and always blooms early and is always lovely.

Camellia "Spring Festival"
Camellia "Professor Sargent"
Camellia "Taylor's Perfection"

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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