I finally got back to the botanical garden today for the first time since the rains began. I was disappointed to see that the yoshino cherry had been cut down; Botanica is down to one flowering cherry. The Japanese apricot is still there, though, and it looks healthy.
Some years back, one of the local Walmarts stocked rhododendrons in their gardening department, and I saw a number prominently planted in yards around town. Every single one was dead by midsummer. I spotted these for sale this past weekend. (It is possible to keep some species of rhododendron alive in Kansas in the right spot, but it’s not easy, and they don’t flourish.)
I rode out to our local little Renaissance Faire yesterday, the first time I’ve been to one since I got fed up with the SCA years ago. It was a rather drab affair overall, though I did find a few things worth looking at. I doubt I’ll be going back any year soon.
Unlike most places in temperate regions, in Kansas the seasons don’t follow a simple spring-summer-fall-winter sequence. This year, for instance, we had a few weeks of spring back in February, followed by heavy winter snows. Today I woke up to find that it was November outside. I wonder if we’ll see any more spring here, or if we’ll go directly from winter to summer.
… until the first tornado warning, but spring is almost here. Trees are still leafless, but daffodils and small bulbs are in full bloom. I visited the botanical garden yesterday and found the pink okame cherry in bloom. The white yoshino cherry is lagging about a week behind. (The very double kwanzan cherry, I am not happy to note, has been cut down.) There are more Botanica pictures beneath the fold.