Hope Springs Eternal
It has been a month since the Arctic blast wiped out most of our new leaves and blooms. A lot is well on it's way to recovery, but a few trees and shrubs still look dead. In light of the terrible devestation in Kansas I feel rather ashamed to be whining about the loss of a few plants, leaves, and blooms !
Nevertheless, here are some pics of how things look today in our yard....
The back woods are greening up nicely:
The Ninebark is looking good:
The Multi Blue Clematis has two open blooms and more coming on:
But still looking sad, the Japanese Doublefile Viburnum:
The Japanese Redleaf Maple:
The biggest red Weigela:(That is brown leaves you are seeing.)
And the Dawn Redwood:
All of the above are putting on new leaves or leaf buds, but our large native Persimmon shows no sign of life....strange....
And there are more trees and shrubs that still look bare, but have tiny new buds or leaves.
There are many surprises, like the fact that the wild blackberries and dewberries, that were zapped during their early blooms, are reblooming ! So the wildlife will have their food after all. We were rather concerned about the behavior of the local black bears if there were no wild fruits. I do doubt that there will be any acorns, and many wild critters depend on them.
Speaking of wild critters....there is a skunk with newborn babies in Nolon's shop building. They are hidden well behind an old refrigerator,( and other stuff ), but we can hear the babies 'grunting'. The scent is barely detectable. :-)
There is at least one new fawn in our front woods, and most likely a nest of turkey eggs. Nolon has been seeing the turkey hen making daily trips across the driveway to and from the pond.
Ahhhh, Spring ! It is wonderful !