Do any of you gardeners know what it is? (I don't.)
Thanks to all the unfamiliar pollen, I'm fighting non-sneezy allergies (headache and sore throat) BUT...still excited because:
Spring is here!
Birds were broadcasting their joy like maniacs in trees, and squirrels were busy chattering at each other over mistaken nut stashes.
Crocuses purple, white, and yellow, are still around.
A few stubborn wilting snowdrops persist.
Daffodils are turning up their bright faces to the sun.
Yellow and purple pansies have been planted in front gardens.
Most trees are still biding their time, but some are smothered in white blossoms.
And blooms in varying shades of pink inhabit different kinds of bushes.
But most importantly, the stars of the city - the sakura cherry blossoms - are coming out!
They have nothing to do with real cherries, but are actually magnolias indigenous to Asia and a mainstay of the annual spring celebration across Japan. Most of the sakura in the US were gifts from Japan at different times in history for different reasons. More on this after I've been to the festival sometime in the next month.