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.

Nature Notes
Signs of Spring

 Spring has finally arrived.  We may still have some cold days with freezing rain or snowflakes, but the cold days won’t last.  Temperatures this spring are above normal and hopefully will stay that way.  Lasdon Park is now showing some beautiful color. 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 determinedly pushed its way through the soil. The green leaves of the daffodils (Narcissus) are intermingled now with swelling flower buds.  In sunny, warm or protected areas of the gardens many of the yellow daffodils have already opened, spreading their much needed cheer.  The two-toned blue Glory of the Snow flowers are in bloom in front of the main house and several of the gardens.  Blue, yellow, purple, pink and white colored hyacinths are also opening in the corners of the Memorial Garden.  They will soon be joined by the mixed Emporer Tulip bulbs sporting bright colors in the 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 What’s- in- Bloom box near the bottom of the Home Page.  Updates are done weekly.   Come and visit Lasdon Park and enjoy being out in nature where you can discover your own signs of Spring!