Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring at the Arboretum

 Been warm and rainy here but spring is happening. I wen tot eh Arboretum a few weeks back and not much was up other than the daffodils.  This time all sorts of flowers were in bloom.  They have a Quilt garden that changes often throughout the season.  Right now pansies make up colors.

 Redbud are blooming.  The Bradford pears are leafing out now and soon the other trees will follow.


 This is a lovely hybrid magnolia - the tree is bare but fo the exquisite pink flowers.

 Spring snowbells form clumps  walk ways.  I want some of these for my garden next year.  And the highlight of the day was a peek at the pileated woodpecker seen below.  My husband heard his call - we have them in our woods too but rarely see them sitting still this long.  He was just a few trees over and did not fly off.  It is a female.  Pretty cool sighting!

Hope spring is coming to your neck of the woods - if not now then soon!


Fuzzy Tales said...

How lovely! I wish our city had something like this. We have a lot of parks, particularly with playground equipment, but we have no gardens per se. Flowers planted in city parks, but no dedicated garden.

I hesitate to say it, because the weekend is going to be cold again, but I think spring just might be on her way now.

Jo said...

These are spectacularly beautiful gardens. The hybrid magnolia is really stunning. Cool sighting of the Pileated Woodpecker. I hope you're keeping well. Greetings. Jo

Linda Starr said...

Beautiful arboreteum, can't wait to visit there this summer.

Old Kitty said...

Oh that woodpecker is wonderful!! Such vivid colouring!! She is lovely!!

These spring blooms are so cheerful! Take care

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Thanks for sharing the arboreteum. We're back into winter. Sigh. My tulips practically put themselves back into buds.

rockriverstitches said...

I visited the arboretum about 3 years ago in April. Loved my visit there!! I have family that lives in Clyde, NC and its always a treat for me to visit the mountains from the Midwest!



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