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

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

Apple blossom

Quince blossom

Behind the daffodil

Erin Dawson, Lanesborough, Massachusetts


Bleeding heart


Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts


Cherry blossoms


Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts

Top-down tulip, with pansies

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

Wild violets

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

Johnny Jump Ups

Regina Velázquez, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Bleeding heart

Lamium maculatum ‘Roseum’

Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts

A branch is in focus on the cherry tree.

Redbud ascending

Looking through the iris

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, cultivated

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

Angelique tulip peeking out from behind bleeding hearts

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

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

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.

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

White crocus


Assistant gardener: grandson Ben

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Lilacs in bloom

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

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

Bleeding heart

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

David Morrison, Lenox Dale, Massachusetts

Cherry blossoms from my front yard.

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