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Posted Jan 22 2009 6:25pm

Last April my beautiful Betty magnolia was frozen in the bud and I wasn't able to enjoy her beautiful blooms.

This April has passed without a hard freeze and so Betty has now graced us with her beauty for more than a week now. The purple you see behind Betty are my neighbors Lilacs.

May is a wonderful month in the garden. Almost everything has emerged from its long winter's sleep. My Asian pear and Olga Mezitt rhodo are in full bloom. The dwarf iris are almost ready to send out their blues and yellows and the Weeping dwarf Crabapple is a beautiful scarlet until it unfurls its pink flowers. Blue creeping phlox and the Korean azalea are in bloom.

It's too cool now but it won't be long until we can sit out in the garden until the sun goes down. I hope to catch a glimpse of the hummingbird that visits my Olga Mezitt Rhodo every year. The bees are buzzing around it already.

Welcome Spring and welcome back, Betty .

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