Purple Sensation follows Eastern Redbud

09 May

I’m still eagerly awaiting a hummingbird visit. At a glacial pace, plants slowly emerge from a long winter sleep. Native honeysuckles are in the lead, loaded with buds and verging on explosion while Cercis Canadensis Redbud flowers are on the way out. Purple Sensation Allium is almost fully open:





The Eastern redbud flower is edible. It tastes like a pea or bean sprout which makes sense since they’re related to the bean family. I’d rather enjoy the sight of them on the tree feeding hungry bumblebees. Here are a few photos taken today in light rain:



Interestingly, Redbud bark turns from light gray to dark chocolate brown when wet:


Like a firework frozen in ice, bejeweled with translucent pearls of rain:

drops(Click to expand)

The sparse, somewhat out of sync flower combination of Allium and Redbud didn’t work well in this space; therefore, I may replace the bulbs with s fuller, greener hummingbird favorite, Jacob Cline beebalm.



For unclear reasons, John Clayton honeysuckle is in the lead as far as blooms:



An Azalea ‘Vuyk’s Johanna’ I planted before I knew the importance of native species:


I’ve acquired a native azalea since then, Rhododendron calendulaceum Flame azalea. It’s just a baby, too young for flowering and dormant, but I’ll post a photo in the near future.

Also, at long last, the crossvine Tangerine Beauty is showing sudden signs of life and the beginnings of buds:



Although the crossvine leaves were retained throughout the winter, they looked rather leathery and sad.

Mimosa, Albizia Julibrissin, the slowest tree to leaf out of them all:


Here’s a simple teepee trellis for a few cardinal climber (Ipomoea Sloteri) seedlings with a cuphea David Verity cutting in the center which had overwintered indoors. The leaves were bleached by the sun so I cut it back and it seems to be recuperating.



Here’s a lilac cultivar aptly named Tinkerbelle. It too is preparing to burst with blooms.


Larger lilacs are already blooming in the neighborhood.  When I first learned that lilacs are only native to the other side of the world, in the Balkans, I was quite surprised. It really made me notice the lack of biodiversity and consider how reliant all life is upon other life.

I have more native species in the yard than nonnatives and will work more on that. After all, it was just over a year or so when the yard was nothing but grass. So, I’m glad to say that a situation can be changed and improved relatively quickly.





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