Celebrate Spring with the Virtual Bloom Report
While the Arboretum is temporarily closed, we are committed to keeping your connection to nature alive by sharing images from the grounds. Here are a few trees and flowers that are in bloom at the Arboretum this week, and possibly in your own neighborhood. We hope you can find ways to continue to safely enjoy trees, nature, and the new life that spring brings.
About this week's featured blooms
1. Magnolia: Magnolia flowers are large, with thick, sturdy petals, which evolved to support the beetles that pollinate the blooms. Beetles can be heavyweights.
2. Magnolia branch: Magnolia buds are covered with silvery hairs that insulate them until they open in early spring.
3. Virginia bluebells: Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) grow in woodlands in the eastern United States. Like many woodland wildflowers, they bloom in spring before trees shade the forest floor and block the sunlight. The buds are pink but open to bright blue flowers.
4. Crocus: Crocuses, among the earliest spring-blooming bulbs, are mostly native to the area of the Mediterranean Sea, including North Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and Greece. The most common cultivated varieties we use in gardens are the small but early-blooming Crocus tommasinianus, and Crocus vernus, with larger flowers that open a week or so later.
5. Daffodils: Hundreds of thousands of daffodils bloom at the Arboretum from mid-April to early May. Daffodils (a common name used for various species in the genus Narcissus) are native to southern Europe and North Africa and have been cultivated for thousands of years. Narcissus bulbs are planted in fall to bloom in spring, and the plants can live for many years.
6. Bloodroot: Bloodroot (Sangunaria canadensis) is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom in Midwestern woods. The broad leaves emerge rolled up like cigars around the flower buds and then unfurl as the flower buds open. The plant’s name refers to the red sap that oozes when the roots are cut.
7. Hellebore: Hellebores are early-blooming perennials native to Europe. Various hellebore species are often called winter rose, Christmas rose, or Lenten rose because they bloom in late winter or early spring in England, but they are not related to rose bushes.