April in Connecticut was nasty! It was the 5th or 6th coldest April on record (and our records go back into the late 1800s, so that’s a good bit of weather to compare with!)
We got almost 2″ of rain above average–you won’t ever hear me complaining too much about rain, but when it’s so cold, extra rain is extra ugly.
And we had over 6″ of snow above average. That I will complain about!
But so far the beginning of May is making up for it–or as I always say, we only have two seasons here in this state, winter and July. We haven’t had much temperate weather–it’s either been below average (or much below) or much above. I presume that’s how averages are made.
Still, when I got back from Oklahoma, I found all this in bloom!
Azaleas were everywhere ( as were forsythia, but I don’t have those)
Magnolias similarly were everywhere. I have a star magnolia, but I am a bit concerned that it somehow died over the winter. I see no signs of life–either blossoms or leaves. This is a 30 year old tree. I hate when that happens!
My yellow magnolia is doing fine and will be in bloom shortly.
Bulbs are popping up in places where I planted them–and where I didn’t. More about that in another post.
My weeping cherry–which is always later than the magnolia–is spectacular.
And this funny plant–petasites japonica–is doing quite well because of all the moisture. It will do well as long as it’s moist. If it becomes hot and dry, it will get ratty and I cut it back.
So I was very pleased to see spring at last on my return.