Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Spring Walk

Today was an absolutely beautiful day and though I spent most of the daylight hours in classes, I did finally manage to go on a spring walk around the area, straying beyond campus into the surrounding residential areas. The very warm weather of the last couple of days has caused most spring-flowering plants to burst into bloom and so there was plenty to see. Here are just a few highlights:

 Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera)

Espaliered crab apples (Malus sp.) grown against a garage wall

Weeping Higan cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula')

A cheerful displays of tulips (Tulipa sp.) and daffodils (Narcissus sp.) along an otherwise drab sidewalk

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)

Early purple rhododendron (Rhododendron praecox)

 Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)

A planting of birches (Betula sp.) with groundcover of moss; this planting caught my eye because of its stark, almost architectural simplicity and the vivid contrast between the bright white trunks and green moss

Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

I hope you enjoy the pictures and I will do my best to return with more posts in the coming days!

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