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Flowers in the Snow April 6, 2009

Filed under: Plants,Seasons,Spring,Wildflowers — saltthesandbox @ 5:45 pm
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It snowed, again, last night. It was our second spring snowfall — it also snowed eight days ago. When I took my morning walk through south Oak Park, the sidewalks were still crunchy, and globs of snow rained from the trees, even as the the skies began to clear.

The flowers, though, bloomed on, as if they barely noticed. These Periwinkles were on the south side of a home:

These Periwinkle flowers and new shoots survived despite the snow.

These Periwinkle flowers and new shoots survived despite the snow.

Our Periwinkles are on the east side of our home, so they won’t bloom for awhile.

I think of Magnolias as southern trees, but Star Magnolia bushes are planted in our area. This bloom was photographed this morning, with the temperatures in the mid thirties:

This Star Magnolia flower grows on a small buish.

Star Magnolia flowers bloom despite our cold winters and variable spring weather.

And Tulip buds promise that more spring flowers are on the way:

There were Tulip buds on the south sides of many homes along my route -- but no blooms so far.

There were Tulip buds on the south sides of many homes along my route -- but no blooms so far.

Temperatures will rise through the rest of the week, so maybe we’ll see Tulip flowers by the weekend.

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Nancy, who also lives in south Oak Park, took photos of her Magnolia tree after the previous snowstorm, on March 29th:

Magnolia buds in the snow during our March 29 snow storm.

Magnolia buds in the snow during our March 29 snow storm. Photo by Nancy S.

Magnolia buds in the snow. Photo by Nancy Soro.

Magnolia buds in the snow. Photo by Nancy S.

I wonder how they survived their second snowstorm of the spring?