|Cherry Blossom Time
These are Yoshino cherry tree (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms. This is the species celebrated by Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival each Spring - they were in peak bloom last Thursday! download a large version (800x600) of this cultivar (called 'Akebono') to display on your computer desktop.
This spectacular flowering cherry species (Prunus subhirtella) has a number of distinctive cultivars including 'Autumnalis' seen in this photo that produces a secondary flush of flowers in the fall. Click to download a large version (800x600) for your computer desktop.
One of spring's showiest flowering trees is the paperbark cherry, so called because the young branches and stems are covered in glossy reddish-brown bark.
Click here for more on this temperamental beauty for Zones 5-8.
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Articles & Resources
A Visit to Huntington Gardens
Bruce Bohm sent us a mini-tour of Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California. It's famous for its collection of cactus and other desert plants. Click here for menu of Bruce's other articles.
It has been quite a while since I did any Gardener's Journal posts. I was feeling nostalgic after last month's trip back to North Florida and was reading what I was going on in the garden during March in previous years:
April - Dec. 2002 Gardener's Journal
April 2003 Gardener's Journal
April 2008 Gardener's Journal
April Briarpatch videos from the archive:
April 4, 2010 - Easter Buds
April 8, 2010 - See Hawks and Florida Flames
April 10, 2010 - The Dogwood
April 13, 2010 - Nests and Native Shrubs
April 17, 2010 - My Azaleas
April 25, 2010 - Blooming Olives and Kaki Persimmons
Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.
Pole or bush, string or green, have fun this summer and grow some beans. Here are a few more for your consideration:
edamame/soybean (Glycine max)
lablab bean (Dolichos lablab)
lima or butter bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius)
winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)
The garden peas (Pisum sativum) is closely related to the beans and are possibly even more delicious!
The infamous kudzu vine (Pueraria lobata) is also in the bean family and is edible as well (the starchy roots are processed and used in some Asian cuisines).