March 1, 2018
The signs of spring are subtle but welcome. Snowdrops, pussy willows, and vernal witch hazels are the first to bloom. The leaves of narcissus are pushing up through half-frozen soil. Later in the month, crocus, reticulata irises, and some squills may begin to bloom. Maples are also early bloomers, with tiny red or green flowers. Remember that March weather is unpredictable, and it's still too soon to start planting in gardens. Our annual displays are scheduled to be planted the first week of April. The Greenhouses have been converted into an orchid-lovers paradise, with Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show continuing until March 25. Besides orchids, you will find many varieties of aloe, ti plants, acacias, begonias, and bougainvillea in bloom.
|Vernal witch hazel|