The Spring Catalog

It’s only been spring for three days, and two of them were bitter cold by South Carolina standards.  (Don’t laugh — 32 degrees?? On March 21?? When we were all wearing shorts and flipflops last week??)  But the yearly procession of spring flowers is well underway.  Walking around my neighborhood, I’ve seen:

  • Japanese magnolias — at least we call them that.  Big pinkish-mauve blossoms on leafless trees.  Often meet an early end at the hands of a late frost, but not this year.
  • Crocuses — a month ago or more?
  • Daffodils — three weeks or more of bright yellow soldiers in every yard.  Then we had our spell of flipflop weather, and they all collapsed from the heat.
  • Azaleas — they’ve been in bloom for a week or so and will linger for two weeks or more.  All sizes and shapes, each with its own timetable.
  • Flowering quince — Every year I resolve to plant one when I see those fragile coral blossoms on thorny stalks.  They belong in a Japanese print.  Then I forget . . .
  • Dogwoods — just starting to pop.  The blossoms  in their baby stage remind me of pearl buttons.
  • Redbuds — the mystery trees.  When they’re not in bloom, they’re completely nondescript.  Then for a couple of weeks a year they make magenta exclamation points in the still-leafless woods.  And then they vanish.
  • Wisteria — didn’t get what it wanted this winter.  It’s blooming now, but feeble little trickles, not lavender waterfalls of blossoms.
  • Dandelions and violets hiding in the grass.  Growing up a city kid, I thought dandelions were beautiful.  I still do.  How can you complain about something that gives you flowers whether you want them or not?

And much more to come.

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One thought on “The Spring Catalog

  1. Sounds like many beautiful sights and smells to be had in South Carolina during springtime. We just got a huge winter storm yesterday! It is not uncommon, but we have such a mild spring and all the snow was gone! Thank you for sharing your sights and smells.

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