|Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'|
This effort contrasts with the tree's spring show, which I noted in this piece last year. That lusher flowering fits spring's plumpness, while autumn flowers appear reluctantly – apologetic for showing up when little else blooms.
No need for them to be that way. A look around the garden shows they are not alone.
While the cherry will drop its blooms by winter, the daphne is known to bloom every month of the year, even in snow.
|Daphne odora 'Leucanthe'|
The perennial primrose, red blooms amid green leaves, defies cold and snow, proving that delicate looks can belie an inner toughness.
Meanwhile, the cherry continues to complement the snow, as its pink blossom-flakes fade slowly until they reach the color of snowflakes, then drop and lie under snows to come, eventually becoming part of the earth itself. An illustration of nature's dependable, reassuring rhythms.