Just a few days ago, I was lamenting that if my tulips choose to come back after the first year, it was usually as lone tulips, even though I planted them in groups. Then I wrote about how thrilled I was that the tulips were performing in spite of the cold temperatures, so I was going to plant tulip bulbs every fall to express my gratitude that they even bloomed at all. And now I am even more enthralled with tulips because this lovely group of tulips pictured above started blooming today and IT IS A GROUP I PLANTED TWO YEARS AGO. Sorry for all CAPS there, but given the way April has treated us in the midwest (and elsewhere), I am pretty excited to see these tulips at all, and then to see that they are a whole group and they came back a second year. I’m sure you understand. I’m going to plant a lot of tulips this coming fall. I’m thinking about starting a tulip appreciation society. I’m putting tulips on my top 10 favorite flowers list. I’m going to write that ode to tulips that I posted about earlier.
And there is other good news to report. Look at this Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii). It might look a bit scraggly at first glance, but look beyond that to see the blooms today.
This April has been almost a fifth season, after that big-time warm up in late March. Maybe we should name this new season? My aunt said that cold weather when the dogwoods are blooming is called Dogwood Winter. However, in this case, the dogwoods were not yet blooming when it turned cold again. So how about calling this newly discovered fifth season Wring, as in we are wringing our hands with worry about what this cold is doing to all the plants? Or maybe Sprinter, as in get this season over with quickly? Or how about Hate-pril, as in we hate this month of April? Let me know your favorite name for this new season, then I’ll let the people know who name the seasons, once I figure out who they are.