Well, the emergence of the Great Southern Brood of periodic cicadas that I featured in my last post has made headlines here, here, and here. But there were other things of interest happening outside too. One of my favorite small trees, the Grancy Greybeard, (aka Fringe Tree, Old Man's Beard, Chionanthus virginicus) was in bloom in my Mother's back yard.
When we moved to Minnesota 18 years ago, we brought a seedling with us. It has survived and even blooms here. It stays small because it gets severely "pruned" by deer each winter; of course the shorter growing season also comes in to play.
Yes, those ~3 foot tall sticks are the Grancy Greybeard. The photo of the flowers in Georgia was taken 3 weeks ago and the photos above and below of this one in MN were taken just minutes ago! That is how delayed our spring is relative to that in Georgia - I would guess at least 6 weeks, maybe 8. You can see the Lily of the Valley leaves around the base of the Grancy Greybeard and also the first new leaves of Christmas fern unfurling.
So far our Grancy Greybeard only has green buds showing with the promise of good things to come.
I have no idea what this plant is.
It is a vine of some sort that was growing wild at the back of a neighbor's yard. A very pretty flower, whatever it is.
There were also some weeds/wildflowers (depending on your point of view) in Mother's front lawn.