Actually NEAR, but I wanted to draw you all in. This was the view out the window of my house Sunday morning :
Trying to fight off major SAD, I thought I’d lay out a photo display of what we are all waiting for, beginning in a few weeks and running into April. I’m focusing on flora, but can’t resist a few birds as well. I took all of these images in the Arnold Arboretum in recent years.
When the snow abates, we will see evidence of spring on the ground and in the trees, even in February. Here is a very early example:
Pussy Willows begin to show themselves in February as well. Here is one type:
And here is a neat black form, also found along Meadow Road in the Arboretum:
Even more typical flowering plants can bloom in February. I took this image on this very date in 2012. I hope it isn’t in flower today!
The landscape can be quite altered in spring. This is what Faxon Pond looked like on April 1, 2010
These next bulbs incorporate snow in their common names, hinting at their early display:
Soon some of the lawns below Bussey Hill will look like this:
The earliest migrating birds appear in the cattail marsh along Meadow Road in February.
But it will take at least another month for this beauty to show itself!
By April, many flowering trees will erupt into bloom. Maples are not known for their floral display, but up close their early blooms can be spectacular:
Another April bloomer, with tiny but magnificent flowers, can be seen beyond the Tilia collection along Meadow Road:
This early March flowering shrub was cloned at the Arnold Arboretum in 1928, and was given the name “Arnold Promise:
Here is it’s lovely flower close up:
Another early bloomer, fragrant as is the Witch Hazel above, is the Spicebush:
Early spring can bring out beauty in emerging leaves as well; here are two examples:
At the Rose Garden, April really brings in the color:
All those blossoms bring out the insects:
Which bring in the birds:
Can spring be that far away? My spring series of bird walks will begin on Saturday April 18th beginning at the main gate at 8AM. See the AA website for more information.
In the meantime, stay warm!