Storey staffers and friends salute the arrival of spring with scenes from their gardens.

Last month, we were still digging out from a punishing winter. (It actually snowed here on April 30). In May, we’re making up for lost time. To stroll down the street in the center of town here in North Adams today is to be confronted by flowering trees in whites and pinks, crabapples and magnolias practically vibrating with pollinator activity. Walkways are lined with tulips and daffodils and delicate sprays of violets. Dandelions dot the lawns and even our upside-down maples have started leafing out. It almost makes our endless winter feel like a distant memory … almost. It’s hard to know what the growing months ahead may hold — I’ve started to think that maybe, as New Englanders, we actually enjoy the unpredictability of the seasons — but for now, this greening feels mighty good. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Content Manager

Anne Guest, North Adams, Massachusetts

pink tulip in bloom

pink and white tulip in bloom

red and yellow tulip in bloom

yellow and black tulip in bloom

Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts

bugloss flowers


star magnolia flower

Star magnolia blossom

Nico Dery, North Adams, Massachusetts

trillium flower


jack in the pulpit flower


Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

 purple phlox flowers

Purple phlox

tulipa tarda in bloom

Tulipa tarda

purple osteospermum african daisy flower

Osteospermum/ African daisy

forget me not flower


Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts

My poppy on two different days.

orange poppy flower with rain drops

poppy flower opening

Melinda Slaving, North Adams, Massachusetts

bleeding heart flowers

Bleeding heart

forget me not grow kit sprouts

No blooms yet, but my forget-me-nots have sprouted! I’m doing a grow kit with my daughter, Maggie.

forget me not grow kit sprouts

Grow kit a few days later — growing up fast!

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

At long last I not only can see portions of my garden, but I actually worked out in it today for an hour or so getting rid of winter’s debris. Glorious!!! And I even have a few bloomers! Life is good!

crocuses in bloom

purple bud

Heather Tietgens, Stamford, Vermont

bleeding heart buds

Bleeding heart buds

magnolia bud

Magnolia bud

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

quince blossoms

Quince blossoms



Tina Parent, Pownal, Vermont

yellow tulips

Alethea Morrison, Williamstown, Massachusetts

creeping myrtle flower

Myrtle flower

quince blossoms

Quince blossoms

bleeding heart flower

Bleeding heart

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