In enumerating spring-blooming trees and shrubs in this space recently,  how on earth could I forget to give mention to Fothergilla ( no common name) and Exochorda (Pearlbush)? Both are at their blooming best right now.

Fothergilla sports creamy white bottlebrush - like flowers at branch ends long before leaves emerge and have a faint honey-like scent.  Flowers are attractive for a couple of weeks.

Poor Pearlbush. For 50 1/2 weeks of the year it maintains a rather obscure position in the landscape, not especially showy in outline or leaf.  But for a brief shining moment in late May, boy, does Pearlbush take center stage.  Glistening white pearl-like buds up and down every stem followed by charming daisy-like flowers transform the dowdy old maid into a stellar beauty.

Neither of these shrubs have gained the attention I think they deserve.  Well-worth looking for.

I guess it's high time to start weeding - if only the rains would cease long enough to allow us time in the garden.  We remember this time of the year the millions and millions of seeds Maple and Elms pawned off on us last fall.  A week ago Elms germinated, followed by Maples bothering us this week.  We could start a nursery.  Garlic Mustard is abloom now - best to knock it out before it goes to seed or you'll be sorry.

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