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On Periwinkle Creek, a preview of spring

Written February 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

With the sun out on Monday afternoon, it looked as though these flowering trees along Albany’s Periwinkle Creek jumped the gun on celebrating the arrival of spring.

Spring is almost a month away, so maybe they were marking Presidents Day. That’s the day you go out to the mailbox two or three times, coming up empty each time, until you remember it’s a federal holiday.

Or maybe, being traditionalists, they were looking forward to Washington’s Birthday on Saturday.

“Flowering trees”? That’s writing around the lamentable fact that I don’t know what kind of trees they are. Could they be flowering dogwoods? They kind of look like the pictures of flowering dogwoods that come up when you Google “small white-flowering trees.”

If you know what kind they are, let’s read about it in the comments below.

This springlike sight was off the First Avenue bridge over Periwinkle Creek, which cuts through several Albany neighborhoods on its way to the Willamette River at Bowman Park. The forecast predicts a couple more days of sunshine, so there’s time to go and take a look. (hh)

And another look from a slightly different angle.


3 responses to “On Periwinkle Creek, a preview of spring”

  1. David Ballard says:

    “…it looked as though these flowering trees along Albany’s Periwinkle Creek jumped the gun on celebrating the arrival of spring.”

    In my fruit orchard there is a similar view, only in pink, as the Tilton apricot tree is in full bloom. Hoping a few pollinators find the tree and the remaining winter weather allows an abundant crop. Last season the tree produced its first fruit and the apricots we a big hit with the family.

  2. D. Strickland says:

    Probably hawthorn trees. Some on airport road too.


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