Who’s picking the tulips?

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Another road warrior! This magical flower was felled from the top of a very tall tulip tree by a hungry caterpillar.

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Welcome to the Spring Flower Show of Southern Maryland!

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Pussy willows are my weakness so I had to start my Spring Flower Show of Southern MD with them! These were cut from a bush I am trying hard to protect from local beavers.

Then come the camellias. These are the only two varieties that have survived a string of harsh winters and they only bloom if the winter is mild. One cold snap at the wrong moment and all the buds freeze, leaving us to dream about what could have been if only…

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Cora’s winter jasmine are a reliable special treat. Somehow they always bloom, no matter what the weather does.

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Not many people are  happy to see swamp maples in full bloom. It means tree allergy season has arrived. But they are amazingly beautiful, sparkling gold against red.

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And for all you wild edibles lovers, the tiny white blossoms covering the ground are a reminder to collect and enjoy winter cress right now, before it goes to seed.

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Last but not least is a cabbage left over from the Winter Flower Show! Who could resist that color?! Please sign up for my blog so you don’t miss a day!