April Leaves Bring May Flowers
Of course you also need rain, but it’s the fresh green leaves of April that herald the flowers of May.
For some this tender new foliage is barely noticeable, certainly unremarkable. However, to me their appearance is a moment of cheerful drama. For example, the blue-green leaves of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) which are among the earliest to emerge.
Then there are the spotted leaves of Red Trillium (Trillium recurvatum).
The bright green of White Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis var. alba).
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa L.) buds hint at the color of the fruit that will come in mid-Summer. Unlike Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), this fruit is poisonous to people.
Peony foliage is much looked forward to but also rather strange. This Peony reminds me of the Dr. Seuss characters Thing One and Thing Two, but with green hair instead of blue.
See what I mean?
And I cannot resist the grassy leaves of Narcissi that are about to bloom.