Six on Saturday 23-4-22

After a long weekend away meeting family on England’s Yorkshire Coast, I got home to discover spring had properly sprung with a blast of blossom. As high winds are starting, it had therefore better be time for a #SixonSaturday blossom special.

A biggy to start. I don’t know how many year’s it’s been in place, but at a foot diameter and at least 12m tall, this beautiful magnolia has graced the edge of the veg plot for many years. Looks perfect against a blue sky.

Something much smaller next. Azeleas look a bit green and boring, filling space in the side garden for most of the year. Right now, though, they glow white all evening and are a joy to come home to.

A more diminutive magnolia now, at just 1.5m tall, and very slow growing: the great thing about this stellata is that the flowers last for weeks.

A very old pear tree grows up the south side of the house, quite possibly the same age (200 years+). Some year’s it does little, this year the branches are filled to bursting with blossom, and my neighbour’s bees are busy having their fill of its sweet nectar.

I love the way that the white amelanchiar blossom contrasts with the almost bronze leaves, delightful and delicate.

This week is my favourite week of the whole year, because of this. A Japanese Cherry spreads its wide branches and fills the air with gentle scent and blossom. It’s a week (or sometimes two) that’s always worth waiting for.

Have a lovely weekend and find time to enjoy the flowers and the strong spring growth. That’s my #SixonSaturday for this week. Stay safe, and don’t forget to follow the crowd on twitter and via the web from links to the originator of #SixonSaturday, the Propagator himself.

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