Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'

The unusual Stachyurus praecox 'Rubriflora'

After leaving the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden a bit overheated last week, I decided to recalibrate back to the correct season with a walk on the grounds and a check-in on the coming of spring. The weather was wet and cold, the sky was dark, but I managed to find these first signs that the season might finally change. 

Spring seems especially timid and hesitant about arriving this year. Fickle thing, perhaps she's heard that things aren't going so well around here and has decided to prolong her vacation down south. But she has to come along sometime, and the longer she waits the more resentful we're getting. So spring, if you're reading this...just do it already.


Above, fragrant buttercup winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora)

A beautiful tree, Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke', aka Chinese plum or Japanese apricot depending on which side of the East China Sea you're from.
 
Edgeworthia chrysantha

The Lady's Walk at the New York Botanical Garden. Nearest to farthest, pink Viburnum x bodnantense, yellow Edgeworthia and Prunus mume.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' has a spicy scent that seems unexpectedly tropical.

Stachyurus praecox 'Magpie'

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