I felt like I was bumping into some old friends on a walk through Hofstra's grounds this week when I spotted Turkestanica tulips en masse bordering a sculpture and then tucked into all kinds of little spots as well.
Is this sweet species tulip I adore getting a little trendy these days or is someone at Hofstra also enamored by it? Either way is just fine by me.
Call me fickle I guess? I seemed to have developed yet another mad crush on an orange tulip I just met this morning.
"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh you don't quite know what it is that you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" -- Mark Twain
The oakleaf hydrangea, with its first soft green leaves of spring unfolding, is quite a long way from blooming. Some tulips on the other hand like those pictured below are on the cusp of blooming. They are all something to see even right now though.
Blooming spectacularly right now along with the much-celebrated cherry trees is a North American native beauty, the Amelanchier. Its blooms are at least as lovely a sight as the decorative cherry trees, but unlike those trees it will also produce some delicious berries. Native, decorative bark, plus delicious fruit for people in the know and birds: what's not to love about the Amelanchier?
Usually Easter is celebrated in spring. However this year it fell on a Sunday that sweltered like summer, with only the spring flowers and colors to remind you that no it is still only early spring. I guess I also celebrated hanami on this summer Sunday, enjoying the temporal beauty of the cherry blossoms that welcome spring in Japan.
Yellow catkins on a 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick' and the brand new leaves of a Weeping Katsura were hanging around in early April as the first full moon of spring, known as the Pink Moon, rose in the sky.
Already you can tell this is going to be one of those weeks in spring where it will feel like everything you have been waiting and waiting for happens suddenly and all at once. Of course this isn't really so. The signs of growth have been everywhere.
Looks like some street trees are fixing to bloom. Callary Pears.
I womder if Sesame Street has ever adapted their classic tune about the people in your neighborhood in the spring to a little ditty about the trees on your block? Its almost like I can picture exactly how that song and a skit would go.
It isn't Memorial Day, but my run-in with some plastic poppies likely has to do with today marking the time that the United States entered World War I one hundred years ago. American Meadows has a nice write up on the 'American Legion' or 'Flanders' Poppy that these plastic flowers are modeled after. I guess it is somewhat interesting that this species of poppy has come to be a reminder of those lost in war or as a way to raise money for veterans while yet another species of Poppy is associated with some other wars, like the Opium Wars or the "War on Drugs".