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The Stages of Spring

I have to say, spring is my favorite season. Blooms everywhere - in the trees, on the ground, in the bushes. A lot of pink and a ton of white. A little purple and some fiery red. It's such a colorful season that goes on for several months, changing as the weeks go by. Spring in East Tennessee has several stages. Over the years, I have followed/stalked the stages and can somewhat guesstimate them at this point. Nothing is certain with our hot and cold temps on and off throughout April and May.

Below are my chronicles of spring from February [even though Spring is technically March 20] up until the first week of May. I will have to come back with updates for the rest of May and June. Yes, June is spring!

CHRONICLES OF SPRING

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We are going backwards - starting with pictures I took today and working our way back through spring. Can you remember all these blooms from this year? 
Above | David Austin Princess Anne rose bush. Such darling little flowers with a heavenly scent. These first opened about a week ago - last week of April. Buds are coming fast. I hope this continues throughout summer.

Above | Peonies! These usually open up right around Mother's Day. Early May. This year mine opened a little early. And have had a few stages of blooms. There are a ton of varieties.

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Spring snow with the Cherry Blossoms pretty much made my April what it was. 

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Above | wildflowers blooming mid April
Right | Hot Pink Azaleas blooming all of April
Below | Tulips came up late March they stick around for a couple of weeks. 

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Below | Moss covered Red Bud tree. This was outside my work and was in bloom for a long time. I think it being in the shade most of the day prolonged its blooming stage. 

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Above | Iris. The Tennessee State Flower. I saw these blooms start about mid April this year. They are still going strong early May.

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Right | I got excited and ordered these Jeffrey Campbell Western Booties | Roseola. Turns out they go with my usual striped shirt perfectly. They bloomed around Mid March and I plan to rock them fo eva eva.
Below | More Cherry Blossom petals. Yes, i stopped mid walk to make this and take photos.

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Below | I call these the second round of Daffodils. They are miniature with several blooms per stem, and oh, so fragrant! 

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Below and Left | Hello Wisteria! This invasive vine can be seen by the masses in the untouched tree lines along the interstate and roads around town. It it is super fragrant and is a gorgeous purple or white. I have smelt wisteria while cruising the lake one year after Easter near Chattanooga, TN. It was incredible. Soak it in during March and April. Once it gets warmer it starts leafing and tends to blend in with the surrounding greenery.

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The Red Buds are among the first to bloom. In late winter, very early spring you can spot them along the interstate and all over the neighborhoods. Striking color. I adore them! 

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I feel silly for not realizing how many daffodil varieties there are until this year. There is this field off a nearby highway that has at a ton of Daffodils. Each patch in the field looks a little different. It is seriously breathtaking. Pictured above and below. Daffodils are some of the first spring blooms. I saw these the first week of March. They bloom throughout the month.

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Above | Grape Hyacinth. Tiny blooms that come up in early March. A sweet purple grape scent. 
Right | Hyacinth. This is a very fragrant flower and also blooms in early March. Comes in pink, white and purple - pictured.

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The Tulip Tree is one of my all time favorites. An Early bloomer - Mid March. It is stunning with its Tulip shaped blooms and bold pink coloring. These trees usually bloom for two to three weeks. I got to enjoy them a little longer this year with some trees in the sun blooming early and then those in shade showing off a little later. Such gorgeousness.

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And lastly, a bush/tree that blooms in late winter. The Camellia! Starting in early to mid February sometimes blooming into April. Gorgeous! The blooms don't last long once cut but they are abundant and make the house feel a little less gloomy during the final weeks of Winter.
 

#peonyforpresident

#peonyforpresident | What a great hashtag I have seen circulating Instagram! It's a wonderful time of Spring right now, and that is Peony season!

my neighbors peonies..yes, I am that girl..I love how this photo captures several stages of the Peony's life cycle. 

my neighbors peonies..yes, I am that girl..I love how this photo captures several stages of the Peony's life cycle. 

These blooms are very popular, and for good reason! They are usually seen slightly bloomed and in the early stage rather than fully bloomed, like most of my pictures below. If I were using these for an arrangement or bouquet I would want to cut earlier to allow the peony time to "age" gracefully. Below are some of the varieties I have found around Old North Knoxville. I shared the website where I researched the varieties at the end of this post. There are so many types with colors ranging from deep burgundy to white and all sorts of different petals and bud shapes. Check. It. Out. 

I'm fortunate to have two peony bushes in full bloom right now. We are currently on the second round of gorgeous, heavenly scented blooms. 

These blooms are incredible, but I will say, at least from my garden, getting the ants off completely is quite the chore. Some of my blooms even contain these weird bugs with claws on their tails. The thought of them makes me shiver, literally. I forgot about these awful looking critters after last season..never again. It is also deterring me from cutting more blooms. 

These blooms are incredible, but I will say, at least from my garden, getting the ants off completely is quite the chore. Some of my blooms even contain these weird bugs with claws on their tails. The thought of them makes me shiver, literally. I forgot about these awful looking critters after last season..never again. It is also deterring me from cutting more blooms. 

So many buds! The rain has weighed them down. This triple bud stem of Festiva Maxima is freakin awesome. 

So many buds! The rain has weighed them down. This triple bud stem of Festiva Maxima is freakin awesome. 

Another peony variety we have in the yard, Charlie's White.  

Another peony variety we have in the yard, Charlie's White.  

Hello gorgeous! This looks like a type of Gay Paree peony but there are so many I can't be certain.

Hello gorgeous! This looks like a type of Gay Paree peony but there are so many I can't be certain.

I'm going with Felix Crousse on this one. Known for its "bomb" form center. This picture is a little pinker than it is irl. It's more of a almost red pink. 

I'm going with Felix Crousse on this one. Known for its "bomb" form center. This picture is a little pinker than it is irl. It's more of a almost red pink. 

Using my stove as the final de-ant-ing zone. Alas, another reason to avoid cutting future buds. 

Using my stove as the final de-ant-ing zone. Alas, another reason to avoid cutting future buds. 

Peony List