I just adore spring, with all of the flowering trees we have in Baltimore! I have a Bradford Pear tree in front of my house, which delights me all year round. The tree is in blossom now and in the mornings, the flowers and new leaves cast the most gorgeous light into my bedroom. In the summer, it shades the front of my house and keeps it cooler. In the winter, it is bare, so lets all of the lovely sun into my house to warm it.
I have a huge old gardenia plant, which is a cutting from one my mother has had for more than 40 years. Last year, as my father was dying, the old plant was also dying. It was just too much to bear. My mother put the plant out back, and hacked it back to its trunk. Amazingly, it's sprang back to life and is blooming again, as is mine. I keep it in my room during the winter, so it gets lots of sunlight. I was sleeping the other night and woke up with a start from the heady scent of gardenia! It has at least 20 more buds on it, so I will be having sweet dreams for weeks to come.
I was reading New York Social Diary today and they mentioned the Annual Flowers and Design benefit dinner hosted by the The Horticultural Society of New York, honouring Charlotte Moss. Some of the floral designers in NYC did the centerpieces and they're spectacular. Here are two views of my favourite table by Van Vliet & Trap.I think that the yellow chairs are just perfect, don't you?
At Evergreen House last week the big saucer magnolias were out. These are not the glossy-leafed evergreen ones, but a different variety, Magnolia soulangiana. Their egg-shaped blossoms only have five or so petals, but they're a beautiful pale pink. Evergreen has several trees espaliered against a brick wall, which I'd never seen before. Unfortunately, we had a little frost as the trees were budding, so all of the blossoms had some brown on them.