19 April 2014
The mid-week freeze damaged flowers on our northern magnolia trees. Above, a bruised Star magnolia, below, a very brown Saucer magnolia, both in Oakland.
Northern magnolias are non-native trees from Asia, specially cultivated for their early blooms, so their timing isn’t right for our mid-April cold snaps.
Our native plants had no problem because the freeze occurred within the normal span of our last killing frost.
Yesterday Dianne Machesney found beautiful flowers blooming at Cedar Creek Park in Westmoreland County, some of them new since I was there last weekend.
Harbinger-of-spring’s tiny flowers are quite hardy. This plant is often the first to bloom.
Twinleaf is new this week because its internal clock told it to wait. The flower resembles bloodroot but the leaves are quite different. (Click here for a view of its twin leaves.)
The natives bounce back fast.
(northern magnolia photos by Kate St. John. Flower photos by Dianne Machesney)