Hey, summer heat! Not so fast! I could hardly believe what my outdoor thermometer read yesterday (April 14). Just a tad over 100 degrees, at 4 PM. Such heat will surely push our just-emerging wildflowers into blooming really fast. Too fast, I'm afraid. How will I keep up with them all?
Overnight, the Twinleaf plant (Jeffersonia diphylla) in my backyard garden went from first leaves pushing up from the dirt to fully in bloom:
I had planted this native wildflower in my garden because it doesn't usually occur naturally this far east in New York State, and I just wanted to see its lovely flowers. And even when Twinleaf grows where it has been planted, its bloom is so brief its petals will drop in a day. I figured if all I had to do was step out my back door, I might have a chance to see it in bloom. And that I did, today. I caught it in full open bloom at 7 o'clock this morning.
But it was another hot day today. Over 80 by early afternoon.
I doubt I will see these lovely flowers tomorrow. When I got home about 3 this afternoon, I ran out to my garden to feast my eyes on this pristine blossom. But I inadvertently touched the bloom, and three of the petals fell off. Ah well, at least I did briefly see it in its glory. Rain is due to fall tonight, so that will be the end of bloom time for this Twinleaf plant.
But the rain will probably spur even more blooms of another wildflower that burst into flower in my yard today: the beautiful Confederate Violet (Viola sororia f. priceana).