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Early Bloomers

No matter how long Winter seems to last,  Spring always eventually arrives. Some of the earliest signs of Spring are already here in Tennessee and beginning to show their color.  Yesterday I walked past the Mahonias in my front yard landscape and I realized they were in bloom. Mahonia belei, commonly known as Leatherleaf Mahonia, has a fragrant yellow cluster of blossoms.  Later the fruits resemble tiny grapes.  Another one of my favorite harbingers of Spring is Helleborus orientalis, Lenten Rose.  This evergreen perennial is lovely when it blooms the pretty creamy flowers during, you guessed it, Lent.

Early bloomers are a real treat in a landscape that has been relatively brown or evergreen all winter.  I value Cornelian Cherry Dogwood because it blooms so early and so prolifically.  It’s  loaded with tiny yellow flowers that can stop traffic.  Many people are surprised to find out it is a dogwood because the flowers lack the showy white or pink bracts that are the well-known and easily recognizable dogwood flowers.

The early Spring flowering bulbs really let us know that Spring is here.  I have looked in the garden and found a few crocus in bloom. The daffodils are getting tall and the flowers are noticeable inside their protective green casings.  It won’t be long until they fill the garden with color and fragrance.

The Flowering Trees of Spring

The best part of the landscape in the early spring season to notice when you are around and about are the sporadic and frequent bursts of color at eye level and higher, we are of course talking about the spring flowering trees that pop into color every year for a fleeting period of time.  The flowers are the harbinger of spring and summer.  They are everywhere and many of these trees are excellent choices for your garden.

The first trees to bloom here in the middle South are the Bradford Pear, Star Magnolia and the Saucer Magnolia.  The Bradford Pears line the boulevards of planned neighborhoods and the parking lots of retail malls and are nice for their great oval shape of white blooms.  The Star usually precedes the two magnolias with the large sheer white star shaped flowers.  The Saucer Magnolia is the tree that creates the showy large bright purple tulip looking flowers that make for quite a display.  Unfortunately, the deciduous spring flowering magnolias are extra susceptible to the spring frosts which lay waste to the flowers with a withering color change to brown to gray-black that fall beneath the tree.

The Yoshino Cherry tree, the later blooming Kwanzan Cherry tree, and the Crabapple tree all show their wealth next and create beautiful shows of color from blush white pinks and double pinks of the cherries to the whites, pinks, and reds of the Crabapples.  These flowering trees are something to take in with the eye and the nose for a couple of blissful weeks.

The Redbud trees and the Dogwood trees line the older and newer neighborhoods alike and their wild cousins pop out along the highways and freeways along the woodsy margins.  Redbuds are especially beautiful in the wooded areas for the blast of purple magenta flowers and the occasional white redbud tree.  The Dogwood trees are our personal favorite with their showy bracts of reds, pinks and creamy and clear white flowers.  We picked our home in Nashville in early December of 1993 when we were searching for the perfect house with the potential for the perfect Teacup Garden because of the giant Dogwood tree in the front yard.  We knew what kind of tree it was from the biscuit shaped  flower buds that were at the end of every branch even though it was the biggest Dogwood we had ever seen.

So wherever you live and no matter how many of these trees bloom in your garden, you can always enjoy the flowering trees of spring wherever you are because they are everywhere.