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At Last…May Flowers

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!

Sarah Schmidt edits BBG's editorial content, including the blog, how-to articles, and the Guides for a Greener Planet handbook series.

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