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tolly-beckWritten by Tolly Beck
Tolly Beck is the horticulturist at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Westchester County. She was formerly a horticulture educator for New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland, NY.

What’s In Bloom

Crab apple   Malus spp.
Dogwood  Cornus florida
Eastern redbud  Cercis canadensis
Flowering cherry  Prunus serrulata
Serviceberry  Amelanchier canadensis
Star magnolia   Magnolia stellata
Saucer magnolia  Magnolia x soulangiana

Azalea  Rhododendron spp.
Burkwood Viburnum  Viburnum x burkwoodii   
Carol Mackie Daphne  Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’
Flowering quince   Chaenomeles japonica 
Korean spice viburnum  Viburnum carlesii
Lilac  Syringa spp.
Pinxterbloom azalea  Rhododendron periclymenoides
Scotch heather  Calluna vulgaris spp.
Witch alder  Fothergilla spp.

Bleeding heart   Lamprocapnos spectabilis  
Creeping phlox  Phlox subulata 
Heartleaf foamflower  Tiarella cordifolia
Lenten rose  Helleborous orientalis 
Virginia bluebells  Mertensia virginiana
Yellow corydalis   Corydalis lutea

Daffodil   Narcissus pseudonarcasus
Grape hyacinth  Muscari armeniacum
Hyacinth   Hyacinthus orientalis
Tulips  Tulipa spp. and cvs.

Signs of Spring

Spring is definitely on its way. The Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata) shrub next to the small brown shed by the greenhouse has opened its pale primrose- yellow flowers. Nearby along the path by the Memorial Garden, the Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) shrub is showing off its bright yellow flowers.

Bulb foliage has pushed its way through the soil. The green leaves of the daffodils (Narcissus) are intermingled with swelling flower buds just waiting to open. In sunny, warm or protected areas of the gardens many of the yellow daffodils have already opened, spreading their much needed cheer. Colorful hyacinths are also blooming in the corners of the formal section of the Memorial Garden and areas outside the green kiosk entrance gates. Tulips in shades of apricot, rose, yellow and white will be flowering in the formal garden circles.

The pink or white star magnolia shrubs are in bloom to be followed soon by the saucer magnolias producing yellow, pink, and purple flowers. Walk through the Memorial Garden and along the path by the Magnolia grove and you will see springtime unfolding.

To see what is currently flowering at Lasdon Park, click on the In the Spotlight box at the bottom of the Home Page and you will be taken to the list of What’s in Bloom. Updates are done weekly. Come and visit Lasdon Park and enjoy being out in nature where you can discover your own signs of Spring!