It may come as no surprise that the Bard of Avon had it right all along:
April . . . hath put a spirit of youth in everything.William Shakespeare
And so it is that Colorful April is upon us.
In Knoxville, Tennessee, April brings on white and pink dogwood trees, inviting residents and visitors to a city-wide celebration known simply as Dogwood Arts. It’s fun. It’s beautiful. And above all else — it’s colorful. But other flowers ask for a little respect around here as well.
Join us as we roam the UT Gardens where dogwoods are celebrated, but other flowers show off their prettiest and best — just to make it fun!
First the unfurling of the greens . . .
And then the buttery yellows of a rare Cucumbertree Magnolia.
Leaves, too, deserve a little notice — like the sun-washed leaves of Spirea Japonica: Japanese meadowsweet.
But not to be outdone, pinks make a dramatic statement in the gardens.
Blushing tulips turn their heads to the warmth of the sun . . .
while Pink Columbines sway with the gentle winds.
Seeking shade, these Ivory Prince Lenten Roses (Helleborus) bow their heads, longing for quiet moments . . .
while Redbuds hold on as long as they can before dogwoods steal the show.
And here come the whites: Snowball hydrangeas weigh down their branches as they nod with the breeze.
and dogwoods take center stage, proud to have a festival named after them. They appear almost without fanfare, yet everyone feels the love. It’s our flower, and it wouldn’t be spring without the dogwoods.
Well-apparel’d April on the heel
Of limping Winter treads.William Shakespeare
Rusha & Bert