Storey staffers and friends share May garden scenes.

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 rain has brought some relief from recent drought. But we’re starving for a little sun and some sustained warmth! It’s on the horizon for this week, the forecast says. And judging from this look around our yards and gardens and neighborhood green spaces, there is a prelude to late spring’s grandeur happening all around, if we can be patient enough to notice. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Alethea Morrison, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Quince blossoms

My quince is still small, but I got it a few years back as a single bare stick with some roots attached, so this burst of pale orange blooms feels like a minor miracle.

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

peach blossoms

Peach blossoms

apple blossom

Apple blossom

Quince blossom

Quince blossom


Behind the daffodil

Erin Dawson, Lanesborough, Massachusetts

Pink azalea


bleeding heart

Bleeding heart



Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts



cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms



Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts

tulip and pansies

Top-down tulip, with pansies

red and purple tulips the porches

Tulips of red and purple, in front of The Porches Inn.

wild violets

Wild violets

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

johnny jump ups

Johnny Jump Ups

Regina Velázquez, Williamstown, Massachusetts

bleeding heart

Bleeding heart

lamuium maculatum roseum

Lamium maculatum ‘Roseum’

Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts

cherry blossom

A branch is in focus on the cherry tree.

redbud tree blossoms

Redbud ascending

Iris green

Looking through the iris

poppy plant

Poppy greens (no buds yet)

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts


The most self-effacing flower ever — the trillium. You have to get under it to photograph its beautiful down-turned face.

apple blossoms

Apple blossoms, cultivated

crabapple blossoms

Ornamental crabapple with Mt. Prospect in back (part of Greylock massif)

angelique tulip bleeding hearts

Angelique tulip peeking out from behind bleeding hearts

spring blossoms

The pink pathway, our world-class walk to work.

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway




The crocus bravely beginning what I hope will be a march of flowers to follow.

Chionodoxa Luciliae

Chionodoxa Luciliae — Glory of the Snow — appropriate as snow flurries swirl overhead today!

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

double bloodroot

I planted this bloodroot two years ago, and each year, the flowers are slowly multiplying. I love its double bloom.


Another garden addition we made last year, blooming for the first time, this darkly gorgeous hellebore.

bumble bee rhododendron

The rhododendron that failed to bloom last spring (a first!) is making up for it this year, and the bumble bees are diving in, face-first.

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

yellow crocus

Yellow crocus

white crocus

White crocus



ben gardening

Assistant gardener: grandson Ben

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts


Lilacs in bloom

tulips and grape hyacinth

We planted these tulips and grape hyacinth last year. Here’s how it looked then…

tulips and grape hyacinth

…and here’s the view this year. Look at it now!

bleeding heart

Bleeding heart

bouquet of spring flowers

An early spring bouquet: daffodils, forget-me-not, wood poppy, and a snip of crab apple.

David Morrison, Lenox Dale, Massachusetts

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms from my front yard.

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