Bare Branches in a Late Spring, March’s Plant of the Month

The first six months of 2016 were part of the ‘El Niño’ weather pattern. The snowdrops were up in early January and spring followed shortly thereafter. Everything was a month ahead of normal.

Snowdrops under a Twisted Tree in January in Queen Elizabeth Park OriginalThen the weather switched over to ‘La Niña’ in July and I have been moaning ever since. On February 13, 2017 the Cosmic Challenge was ‘Signs of Spring’ and I started a post called ‘No Signs of Spring’.

Everything was covered with heavy snow and when it melted my hellebores were flattened and then the bloody squirrels dug up all my crocuses and ate the bulbs, leaving a huge mess behind. I was so discouraged I gave up on that post.

A little more than a month has gone by and now there is another ‘Spring’ challenge. Even in late March a lot of trees are still leafless.
Leafless tree casting shadows on a green wall in Portland, OregonI have to make do with back-lit moss instead of leaves.
Mossy tree back-lit in Van Dusen Gardens in early spring in Vancouver, Canada Some trees are showing their first leaf buds visible as a pink or green haze.
Bare trees in early spring First spring leaves appearing on the branches of a large tree in Portland, Oregon First spring leaves appearing on the branches of trees in Portland, Oregon First spring leaves appearing on the branches of trees in Portland, Oregon It certainly could be better. These were cherry blossoms off Broadway in Vancouver in early March last year.
Cherry blossoms off Broadway, early March 2016 (Vancouver, BC) But it also could be worse – this was the middle of April in 2008!
A late April snow results in a Snow Blossom Queen at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, BC More of Nancy Merrill’s a Photo a Week Challenge: Spring.

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3 responses to “Bare Branches in a Late Spring, March’s Plant of the Month

  1. Beautiful pictures, Elizabeth, as ever. I consider Spring the “prettiest” !season… Here in the UK, I’m waiting for Hawthorne to come into flower: they are such a lovely, subtle, cream colour splashed across fields and hedgerows!

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