The Early Spring Continues

Submitted February 20, 2015 at 2:41 PM

As the lovely spring-like weather continues, so does the procession of blooms throughout the Garden. The birds and bees are abuzz with excitement and adding to the lively atmosphere you can find at Red Butte Garden today.

Green Heron Lenten Rose    Helleborus x nigercors 'Green Heron'

These nodding greenish flowers could easily be overlooked, but keep an eye out along the floral walk and you will be rewarded with a number of buds that are beginning to bloom.

Amethyst Witch Hazel  Hamamelis  'Amethyst'

A spicy fragrance emanates from the burgundy flowers of this rounded shrub, which is flowering right now in the Fragrance Garden.

Pacific Stonecrop   Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

Cooler weathers create an almost iridescent, purplish tinge in the leaves of this otherwise dusty-green groundcover.

Hybrid Christmas Rose  Helleborus x ericsmithii  'Ruby Glow'

A little further down the Floral Walk from the Stinking Hellebore is this much more colorful, ruby-hued, cultivar.

Winter Jasmine   Jaminum nudiflorum 

This shrub came to life this week with a brilliant display of fragrant blooms coating it's arching stems.

Leonard Messel Magnolia   Magnolia x loebneri  'Leonard Messel'

A promise of more flowers to come is seen in some of the Garden's buds. This Magnolia just outside the Visitors' Center is starting to open!

With snow back on the forecast for next week, this weekend could be a great time to enjoy the warm weather and ever-increasing variety of blooms decorating the Garden. From hawks in the Natural Area, to chickadees and blue jays in the lower gardens, you will likely have a soundtrack to your stroll.

Photos by Sarah Sandoval

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