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Nature Notes

Written 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.

 

Signs of Spring at Lasdon Park  

 

   With the arrival of a few warm days many signs of spring are appearing at Lasdon.   Early flowering shrubs are in bloom, spring bulbs are in flower, and many perennials are emerging.  Resident and returning birds are busy looking for good nesting sites.

   A small tree, the cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) by the old greenhouse, has been showing off its’ small clusters of light yellow flowers.  A short distance behind this tree the buttercup winter hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) shrub has delicate lemon-yellow flowers hanging from its’ branches.  Star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) are blooming in the Magnolia Grove with their star-shaped bright white flowers.  A few P.J.M. rhododendron (Rhododendron x ‘P.J.M.’) near the Conservatory have purple buds just waiting for one more warm day to arrive.  The bright yellow flowers of forsythia abound.  Like so many of our early spring flowering shrubs and trees the flowers open before the first leaves appear. 

   The circles in the formal area of the Lasdon Memorial Garden are filled with emerging early tulip foliage.  The multi colors of these tulips (Tulipa) always put on a beautiful show.  In the corners of the formal garden the pastel colored hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) are in fragrant bloom.  Crocus, Spring Beauty and Glory of Snow bulbs are blooming.  The small bright blue flowers of Spring Beauty (Scilla siberica) and Glory of Snow (Chinodoxa forbesii) are a beautiful compliment to the yellow daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) blooming in many of the gardens.

   A pair of Eastern Bluebirds has selected a nesting box and is making frequent trips carrying twigs for the nest they are building.  Tree swallows are also visiting nest boxes deciding which one would be best for starting a new family.  Some of the male goldfinches are already displaying their bright yellow breeding colors when they visit the feeders in front of the main house.

   There will be many exciting changes as spring begins to unfold at Lasdon.  Come and make some spring discoveries of your own.  You will also be able to get a peek of summer as the “Color of Summer” exhibit opens April 21st in the Conservatory.   Finally, we can say goodbye to a long, drab winter.

tolly-beck

Nature Notes

Written 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.

 

Signs of Spring at Lasdon Park  

 

   With the arrival of a few warm days many signs of spring are appearing at Lasdon.   Early flowering shrubs are in bloom, spring bulbs are in flower, and many perennials are emerging.  Resident and returning birds are busy looking for good nesting sites.

   A small tree, the cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) by the old greenhouse, has been showing off its’ small clusters of light yellow flowers.  A short distance behind this tree the buttercup winter hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) shrub has delicate lemon-yellow flowers hanging from its’ branches.  Star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) are blooming in the Magnolia Grove with their star-shaped bright white flowers.  A few P.J.M. rhododendron (Rhododendron x ‘P.J.M.’) near the Conservatory have purple buds just waiting for one more warm day to arrive.  The bright yellow flowers of forsythia abound.  Like so many of our early spring flowering shrubs and trees the flowers open before the first leaves appear. 

   The circles in the formal area of the Lasdon Memorial Garden are filled with emerging early tulip foliage.  The multi colors of these tulips (Tulipa) always put on a beautiful show.  In the corners of the formal garden the pastel colored hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) are in fragrant bloom.  Crocus, Spring Beauty and Glory of Snow bulbs are blooming.  The small bright blue flowers of Spring Beauty (Scilla siberica) and Glory of Snow (Chinodoxa forbesii) are a beautiful compliment to the yellow daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) blooming in many of the gardens.

   A pair of Eastern Bluebirds has selected a nesting box and is making frequent trips carrying twigs for the nest they are building.  Tree swallows are also visiting nest boxes deciding which one would be best for starting a new family.  Some of the male goldfinches are already displaying their bright yellow breeding colors when they visit the feeders in front of the main house.

   There will be many exciting changes as spring begins to unfold at Lasdon.  Come and make some spring discoveries of your own.  You will also be able to get a peek of summer as the “Color of Summer” exhibit opens April 21st in the Conservatory.   Finally, we can say goodbye to a long, drab winter.