The crab apples and redbuds are beginning to bloom all around town, and luckily it appears that they have not been fazed by the late frost that ruined most of the magnolias, apricots, and early ornamental cherries.
A crab apple (Malus sp.) on campus...
... and a redbud (Cercis canadensis)
I also managed to find the one saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) in the neighborhood that somehow escaped the frost damage.
The sole saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) in bloom in the neighborhood this year
Finally, here is an interesting article from The Guardian on an admirable initiative to save the plant heritage of traditional Palestinian agriculture, in acute danger not just because of changes in agricultural methods and materials but also because of the aggressive spread of Israeli settlements:
One has to wonder just how much biodiversity we are losing as collateral damage of conflicts, in that part of the world and elsewhere.