Sunday, April 24, 2022

Bubble Tea Truck

 On the first truly warm, sunny day of spring, a full rainbow's-worth of food trucks lined the edge of the Mall in Washington, DC. This was more than a gathering of hot dog purveyors. Tacos, gyros, ice cream, Mexican roasted corn, donuts, dumpling---so many choices. I was pleased to see that a few trucks offering bubble tea have joined the convoy. This one had the longest line of thirsty customers. Is it the best bubble tea? Or is the truck just so alluringly colorful that it is irresistible? I will return on another fine day to find out for myself.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Tulips and Pansies

 Nature has a way of echoing itself. Pointy-petalled tulips open wide on our first very warm day. They look up at the sky, where, later that night, the stars gaze down upon the star-shaped tulips. This gardener knows her color wheel well. Blue pansies are the perfect complement to those sunny almost-orange tulips. Spring is here. Let's all go out and enjoy it.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Bluebells On the Corner

 The oaks and maples have barely begun to form leaf buds, but the bluebells spread among the roots are at their peak. I've always dreamed of walking through an English woodland carpeted in bluebells but my visits have been too early or too late. Honestly though, Virginia bluebells, with their curved stems and gracefully drooping clusters are more elegant than their stiffer British cousins. The bells sway silently in the breeze and their color mirrors the sky. I don’t miss that English woodland after all.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Two Camellias

 Gardeners often want plants that are not ideal for their climate, their soil or the amount of sun in their garden. Who can resist camellias, in full bloom while most flowers have barely poked up green shoots? In "borderline" gardening zones, people try to lessen the risk by planting a camellia on the southern side of the house. Some place it near the dryer vent which provides some warm air. My friend’s camellia grows in a protected spot against a wall. The spring winds are chilly but the fluttering camellia blossoms prove that warmer days are coming soon.