Storey staffers and friends share May garden scenes.
April showers have brought May flowers…at last! Spring is creeping slowly in, with stretches of rain and nights that still carry the threat of frost. But the days are getting warmer and the trees and flowers — both wild and cultivated — are starting to show off. This month’s Bloom Day scenes hold a mix of shy violets and bluets, hot tulips and cool daffodils, delicate epimediums and dramatic trillium. And, if you look carefully, you’ll spot a few backyard critters, too — both little and, um…not-so little. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Meaghan Weeden, Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts
Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts
Caroline Spear, Stonington, Maine
It’s a long, slow, cool slog to full spring this year! March had better weather than April or May along the coast of Maine. So at the moment, things are just getting going; not even any leaves on trees yet. The asparagus grew an inch Friday afternoon in our only sun for more than a week, then promptly stopped growing again. It’s my first pickable year and I can’t wait.
Sarah Armour, Chicago, Illinois
Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Along my driveway I have one bed of hot colors and another of cool colors. The hot tulips and daffodils will give way to day lilies; the daffodils will be followed by late tulips (purple, black, and pink) then other cool shades.
I’ve been noticing the ephemeral wildflowers in the transparent woods right now, and these 5 photos are my effort to capture this fragile stage.
Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts
MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway
Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts
Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts
I keep waiting for my lily of the valley to pop. Maybe with the sun later this week. These were taken around my yard.
June is, indeed, bustin’ out all over. It only took a few days of swampy air and soaring temps for those blooms to pop! This month, irises and chives, poppies and peonies dominate, but a few of us are lamenting the lateness of things that … Read More
Oy vey, spring! Enough of this pretty relentless string of chillier-than-usual, gray and rainy days. Sure, we escaped a repeat of last year’s stone fruit-killing cold snap (and fruit growers in our region are promising a season of epic production), and all the … Read More
From its Himalayan home, robust rhubarb got a lift to Europe with Marco Polo and was introduced in America around 1820. Hardy and resilient, it is now grown in temperate climates around the world. One of only a few perennial vegetables, rhubarb plants often produce for … Read More
In 2010, Melissa A. Click from the University of Missouri and Ronit Ridberg from Tufts University published their examination of why people grow and preserve their own food. Their results showed complex motives, but food activism was a recurrent theme. After sorting through and analyzing … Read More
Every year, April 15th marks the start of Bloom Day, a monthly glimpse at the growing season through the gardens and yards of Storey employees and our flower-loving acquaintances. This year, it seems, we’re off to an exceptionally slow start. Though this week brought us … Read More
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