The vagaries of early spring weather occasionally bring together the flowering of all of the garden’s magnolias that more regularly bloom weeks apart, as well as other flowers holding over from late winter along with early spring bloomers. In this last week of March the winter flowering witch hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia) have faded with the first warm days, but most of the many dozens of hellebores (below) remain in flower, adding to this somewhat unusual riot of color.
Several autumn flowering camellias (above) that are slow to bloom in the shade of ‘Jane’ magnolia and a Goldenrain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) are now in full bloom, the first time in memory with this abundance of March blooms since unopened buds are most often ruined by repeated winter freezes. On the far side of the garden, flowering of spring bloomers (Camellia japonica, below) is also the best that I recall since buds were not damaged with the absence of severe cold (even while the shrub is dependably cold hardy).
The daphnes (Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’, below) are beginning to flower, though not early, and perhaps a week later than in recent years. After a very mild winter, and presumably a warm March, it does no good to try to make sense of why one flower is early and another late. It just is, so enjoy whenever the blooms arrive. I am overjoyed by this somewhat unusual combination of early spring flowers, no matter the timing.