For the past two days in Central Illinois, the thermometer has risen past 85°F, accelerating pace of bloom in a way that I've never seen in my 17 springs in this area of the country. Most of our town's magnolias have dropped their petals, but nearly all of the other flowering trees and shrubs are still holding on strong. The Bradford pears have been joined this week by redbud, flowering dogwood, crabapple, cherry, cherry plum, azalea and viburnum. Everywhere you walk, waves of aroma from the spring flowers fill the air, simultaneously blooming for the first time in my memory. Although the daffodils are on their way out, tulips and grape hyacinth now decorate the ground beneath the woody plants
So on this fourth Garden Bloggers Bloom Day of 2010, it's hard to decide just what to feature, because so many things are blooming at once. So I've chosen three plants that are at their peak in my garden today.
Our weather promises to return to a more spring-like version of itself as the weekend arrives, and it will be a welcome reprieve for us humans from what has felt like summer arriving to soon. But for the plants, the hot, sunny weather has been the perfect storm to create a spectacular day of bloom in today's garden.