April 9, 2012

Spring in New York

I love visiting New York City and environs in spring. Here in Vermont, I'm in planting zone 4, while the city, much warmer, is in zone 7; that means I get to see an earlier spring in New York, and relive it in Vermont a few weeks later. During autumn, it goes in reverse, with the earlier autumn here in Vermont. In the city, there's the fascinating contrast between the geometry of the built environment with the organic confusion of the floral one. The display on Park Avenue is always a treat.

A small iron fence surrounds flowers and tree, a visual counterpoint.

In Central Park, the glorious blues of grape hyacinths stand guard in front of a grid holding back the tulips.

Some green fluffy seed heads catch a textured light as the limbs of a tree arch over a small Victorian-styled park building.

On Long Island visiting my sister, I saw other trees in bloom, including the ancient Magnolia. They evolved before bees, so were pollinated by beetles.

A weeping cherry was a waterfall of frothy blossoms.

The flowers of maple trees in Vermont are usually red, so I loved seeing this lime green bouquet fallen on a granite ledge, a perfect color for the fresh green of spring.


  1. Very beautiful pictures. You should link this post up to Garden Club Thursday on my blog.

    There are no rules... Just link up the post, not the blog.

    1. thanks, Cadida. Feel free to link any of my posts; the more the merrier.

  2. Wonderful blossoming shots...yes, spring springs faster farther south. Green grass glows today in the sunlight and the dandelion greens and watercress are happy eating.

  3. The silver maples send out lime green flowers and seedlings (samaras). Our trees are loaded with them and few leaves. I am wondering if the hot then cold weather fooled them into some kind of genetic protective mode where they produced more than the normal amount of flowers etc. I don't remember seeing the trees so covered like this. And no real leaves yet. Trying not to be concerned.