We had a couple of lat April cold nights with snow this spring just as the Magnolias were flowering and expected the worst. But surprisingly our trees at least came through … last year we had no flowers on this tree as the squirrels ate all the buds so having flowers in 2021 was important.
Yesterday there were the very first signs of Sanguinaria shoots pushing up through the cold earth. Today there are extensive clumps of green “fingers” and the first evidence of folded flowers. Almost there.
We are into April now and don’t expect any more snow, albeit its still very cold. A small troup of Common Redpolls are still hanging around the garden but are expected to head back north before long. Cheery little fellows.
Canadian Elder … or whatever common name happens to be used in the area you happen to be
** For anyone interested in photography, this image was composed from seven separate photographs at different stacked focus planes to achieve without any out of focus features. Some of the new computer tools are simply remarkable.
Two days later Day (1 April, but this is real) – welcome to Canadian spring