Buds of spring

All the early bloomers are late–when was the last time that forsythia hadn’t bloomed by April 10? But buds are perceptively swelling every day. Here’s what two of my favorite spring-blooming shrubs looked like this evening.


Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and


serviceberry (Amelanchier, probably sanguinea; I planted it almost 20 years ago)

My husband takes most of the pictures on this blog; certainly he takes all the beautiful ones. We’re going to do a day-by-day series of photos so you can see how the flowers on these lovely shrubs unfurl.


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