Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Favorites

Flowering trees in Millennium Park, Chicago

Spring came a month early for much of the country. It was a very mild winter, and I'm really enjoying all the beauty that has opened around me this past month or so!

Redbuds in Millennium Park, Chicago

On my lunchtime walks, I visit the gardens at Millennium Park and take in the beauty of the redbud trees and spring bulbs.

Tulips in Millennium Park, Chicago

And at home, we planted a new baby forsythia in the parkway!


It looks so little and lost right now, but its brilliance could be seen all the way down the street. To me it's not spring unless the forsythias are blooming!

Forsythia "Show Off"

Forsythia "Show Off"

The rhododendron has come and gone.

PJM Rhododendron

But our lilac has never looked better! I've never seen so many blossoms, and they are lasting so much longer than usual. Lilac is one of my favorite of the fragrant flowers, and I just need to smell them as much as possible while they're in bloom!

Persian lilac

Persian lilac

So many blooms have come and gone already. It's still so early in the season, and I barely got out to see the daffodils, hyacinths and magnolias before they finished their spectacular shows.

Scilla, Millennium Park, Chicago

There's nothing like the fresh blossoms of spring. What are your favorite blooms of the season?

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