Embracing Early Spring Buds and Blossoms

The chill of winter has loosened its grip on the Northeast, and the stage is set for a spring awakening to unfold in the botanical world. With each passing day here at Greenwood Gardens, the sun’s embrace grows warmer, coaxing the earth from its slumber and bidding flora and fauna alike to rouse from their dormant repose.

In and along our serene enclaves and winding pathways, the landscape is adorned with this promise of new beginnings as we await the unfurling buds and blooms of some of our most beloved signature species. These include flowering dogwood, redbud, Persian ironwood and cherry trees, majestic London plane and dawn redwood trees, and numerous ornamental shrubs.

Some tree and shrub branches, already enticed from hibernation by warming temperatures, have begun to display their delicate spring buds in our Italianate garden terraces, grottoes, and along our moss-covered paths. Each bud, bursting forth in a kaleidoscope of color with unfettered blossom and unfurling leaf, is a masterpiece of resilience and a testament to the unyielding rhythm of the seasons.

As we celebrate the arrival of spring, overflowing with boundless potential and elegant beauty, it is a delight to share images of some of the most interesting and beautiful early spring buds and blossoms that are now visible throughout the garden. Three cheers for Mother Nature, the onset of spring, and warmer days ahead!

Chaenomeles ‘Toyo Nishiki’, flowering quince

Dirca palustris, leatherwood

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Snow Cream’, paperbush

Viburnum macrocephalum, Chinese snowball

Lonicera purpusii ‘ Winter Beauty,’ honeysuckle

Daphniphyllum macropodum