At Last…May Flowers

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    • Geranium maculatum (wild geranium). Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Geranium maculatum (wild geranium). Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern) in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern) in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla (littleleaf lilac) in the Lilac Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla (littleleaf lilac) in the Lilac Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Paeonia suffruticosa  'Kansai Otome No Mai' (Japanese tree peony) in the Tree Peony Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Paeonia suffruticosa 'Kansai Otome No Mai' (Japanese tree peony) in the Tree Peony Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Paeonia suffruticosa  'Kamata Fuji' (Japanese tree peony) in the Tree Peony Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Paeonia suffruticosa 'Kamata Fuji' (Japanese tree peony) in the Tree Peony Collection. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) in Osborne Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) in Osborne Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Rhododenron 'Fedora' (azalea cultivar) in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Rhododenron 'Fedora' (azalea cultivar) in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Rosa 'Canary Bird'  is one of the earliest blooms in the Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Rosa 'Canary Bird' is one of the earliest blooms in the Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' in the Perennial Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' in the Perennial Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Podophyllum peltatum (may-apple) in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy. Podophyllum peltatum (may-apple) in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
    • Packera aurea  in bloom in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Packera aurea in bloom in the Native Flora Garden. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.

    Finally, after a chilly wet April, the proverbial May flowers have arrived. Lilacs, peonies, azaleas, wisteria, viburnums, and dogwoods are all in bloom now, as are Spanish bluebells, aliums, and many spring wildflowers including wild geraniums and heart-leaved groundsel.

    Don't forget to appreciate foliage, too. Trees and other deciduous plants are leafing out everywhere. "It's not just the flowers. There are so many different textures and shades of green to notice right now, too, especially in the Japanese Garden," says Melanie Sifton, vice president of Horticulture and Facilities. Beautiful ferns are also emerging in the Native Flora Garden and elsewhere. Be sure to come see!


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