The tulip poplar trees are beginning to bloom here in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood. If you look closely, it is easy to see the resemblance of the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) flower to those of its close relatives, the magnolias (see the southern magnolia). Download a large version of this and other images from the Tulip Poplar Wallpaper Gallery.
The Chinese or kousa dogwood is a cousin of eastern USA's native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The Chinese dogwoods begin blooming around the time that the native dogwoods are finishing up. Click here for more on this showy small flowering tree or large shrub that has become very popular around here as a landscape specimen. Download a large version (800x600) version of this and other images from the Chinese Dogwood Wallpaper Gallery
This skyflower (Thunbergia battiscombei) is a tropical perennial that is root hardy here in Zone 8 where I garden. They have recovered from last winter's freezes and are beginning to bloom. They continue flowering throughout the heat of summer and keep going until winter's first freeze. Click to download a large version (800x600) of the spectacular skyflower to display on your desktop.
This wide ranging black locust tree Robinia pseudoacacia is a native of the central and eastern United States. At this time of year the trees cover themselves in dangling clumps of fragrant white blossoms. Download a large version of this and other images from the Black Locust Wallpaper Gallery.
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In my neighborhood the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) plants are just beginning to pop out of the ground. The fragrant little flowers should be out in about two weeks!
More fragrant spring beauties:
Armand's clematis (Clematis armandii)
American olive (Osmanthus americanus)
black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
giant onion (Allium giganteum)
bearded iris (Iris germanica)
four o'clocks(Mirabilis jalapa)
franklinia (Franklinia alatamaha)
fuzzy deutzia (Deutzia scabra)
garden lily (Lilium hybrids)
lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)
peony (Paeonia lactiflora)
peony, tree (Paeonia suffruticosa)
phlox, moss(Phlox subulata)
phlox, summer (Phlox paniculata)
showy evening primrose(Oenothera speciosa)
wisteria, American(Wisteria frutescens)
wisteria, Chinese (Wisteria sinensis)
This famous bearded iris (Iris germanica) variety with the (almost) black flowers bloomed last week. The buds are almost pure black and then fade slightly to a very dark purple as they age.