First Flowers!

Submitted February 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It's happening folks! The garden is waking up. We may not be out of the woods yet as far as cold weather goes, but some of the plants have decided to flower a few weeks earlier than normal.

Gray Alder   Alnus incana

This native water-loving tree produces catkins early in spring that are pollinated by the wind.

Snowdrops   Galanthus nivalis 

You can find these delightful little flowers popping up all along the Floral Walk.

Arnold Promise Witch-Hazel   Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'

The bright yellow, thread-like petals really stand out against a woodland backdrop. This specimen grows in Fern Gully.

Amethyst Witch-Hazel    Hamamelis  'Amethyst'

This Witch-Hazel is a new addition to our Fragrance Garden. You can see it growing behind the west swing.

We couldn't talk about the first flowers of the year without highlighting one of our adorable natives.

Indian Potato     Orogenia linearifolia  

Indian Potato is usually the first native flower to pop up in the Natural Area. It often blooms as soon as the snow is no longer covering the soil.

Photos by Jason Baker

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