The Armand's clematis (Clematis armandii) is a handsome evergreen vine that blooms in late winter or early spring in my Zone 8 garden. It's an old vine with most of the flowers out of sight atop the dogwood tree that serves as its support - but it's still easy to enjoy their sweet fragrance. Click here to download a large version.
This is a male catkin of the paper birch tree. It supports scores of tiny pollen-producing male flowers. Click here to download a large version.
The swamp maple or red maple (Acer rubrum) blooms in January down where Steve lives in Zone 8 North Florida. By March the brilliant red samaras (helicoptering seeds!) are fully formed and within a few weeks of ripening and spinning down from the trees. Click to download a large version.
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The 'Susan' magnolia in my yard began blooming this week. It is too photogenic for me not to take yet another picture. 'Susan' is is hybrid cross between Magnolia stellata rosea and Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'. Click here to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.
The big Ashe magnolia tree is small in stature but boasts huge fragrant flowers and monster leaves that are up to 24 inches long! Click here for more on this spectacular small tree (or large shrub) for your Zone 6-9 garden.
More cool weather lovers to read about:
lily magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora)
star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala)
Yulan magnolia (Magnolia heptapeta)