Hudson Valley (Belated) Blooms, 2014

By Christopher Matthews

Winter 2014 went into overtime in the Hudson Valley. Then spring sputtered; cool weather lingered. Daffodils and tulips came up more or less on schedule, but the second wave of spring blooms, like irises and peonies, have been several weeks behind.

Finally, May flowers bloom in June! And they were well worth the wait…


Oriental Poppy

A slow, cool spring can have advantages. Last year, no irises. This year…

The Tennessee State Flower

The Tennessee State Flower

Usually, our peonies are blooming by Mother’s Day; this year, the first one bursts out on May 31.

The first peony (much more to come)

The first peony (much more to come)

And the belle of the ball for the moment, our ancient, variegated Weigela…

Our Variegated Weigela

Our Variegated Weigela

Happy belated spring!


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