Friday, February 26, 2010

Signs of spring

There are unmistakable signs of spring now, in spite of the cold weather predicted to come. The star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) near the Nature Center at the Garden is showing a hint of white petals; the Edgeworthia crysantha (paperbush) in front of the building is finally starting to be fragrant, with a few expanded flowers. And, the crocus, snowdrops, and Japanese apricots are in full flower.

At home, blueberry flower buds have noticeably expanded beyond their earlier size, and the winter honeysuckle continues to bloom.

Red maple fruits fuzz the branches with red and the early alder, cedar, and birch pollen is bothering pollen-sensitive folks - snuffle, snuffle, or achoo-achoo!


  1. Right now my Magnolia stellata cultivar is wrapped in a snow cocoon from which it may never awaken. At least it feels that way right now. No signs of spring in Alaska yet.

    Christine B.

  2. Wish my Edworthia would open -- have lots of plump buds hanging there and seems like they are in suspended animation.

  3. We smelled the Edgeworthia flowers again this morning on a walk in the garden- lovely.

    Janet, I hope yours are open soon, and Christine, I'm confident that spring will finally reach Alaska, but I'm sending early spring wishes your way!


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