After a long and chilly Winter, Northumberland denizens have been ready and willing for the welcome blossoms of Spring. Unfortunately, Old Man Winter invoked a “Delay of Game” penalty in the form of frost, downpours and downright cool weather for April and most of May.
So daffodils, tulips, forsythia, magnolia, and even crabapple blooms – all made their Spring appearances. But these were short and sweet- often swept away by high winds, drenching rains and frost bite nights.
This was the plight of many early blooms in the area particularly as you approached Highway 7.
Fortunately May finally brought consistently dryer and warmer days although much of June has reneged on dryer. But that has been all that was needed as flower gardens made up for lost time while taking advantage of all the extra rain. The second wave of Spring blooms have been ample and fine indeed.
Iris were plentiful and colorful while the Snowball [aka PomPoms] were truly up to name and form blanketing Pearl’s backyard in white puffs. In general Spring’s secondary blooms were most delightful. Also a number of flowers appeared early and longer.
The carnations were early and thick; ditto for the Siberian Iris – okay just slightly early but with full rich blossoms throughtout Wendy Avis’ excellent flower gardens . And these were quickly followed with lilac bushes that finally put on the full regalia while peonies and lilies also showed up in full color array at the Campbellford Library Flower gardens.
So for the second floral coming of Spring their was a feast of blooms to be seen: