Early spring flowers, some are memories now

Two weeks ago the ephemeral pink flowers of Mexican buckeye ( Ungnadia speciosa ) began blushing on bare branches.

Not quite bare! Impatient olive-green leaves were already unfurling alongside the flowers. And then, as quickly as it began, the buckeye's spring show ended.

But other flowers, bolder and longer lasting, were ready to take over. Right now I'm orange crushing on the bell-like blossoms of 'Bartley Schwarz' abutilon and tubular flowers of Mexican honeysuckle ( Justicia spicigera ).

What's popping in your spring garden?

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