One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Monday, March 22, 2010
Magnolias and Cherries are flowering throughout the Arboretum
You know you work in the right place when, after a wonderful spring weekend, you can't wait to get back and see what's happened. A lot did happen. The Flowering Apricots, Prunus mume (see the bottom picture), are peaking as are the early Magnolias (eg. M. biondii and M. zenii). The rest of the deciduous magnolias are following along. That's Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva' in the top photo, and a sample of the Magnolia collection beneath it. Perfect temperatures, not too hot, not too cold, and plenty of moisture are making this a banner year for early flowering trees and shrubs. If you're in the area, I would try to make time this weekend or next for a trip, even if it's just a quick drive-by.