In Bloom

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Every spring, after the snow melts (all 100 inches of it in 2015) and buds start appearing on the trees, I take out my camera (increasingly the one on my phone) and attempt to document the year’s bounty. Above: the Boston Public Gardens, early enough in the season for at least the weeping willows to show some color.

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St. Mark’s park in Brookline, a few blocks outside Coolidge Corner: another early bloomer.

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Along Dwight Street in Brookline, two hues more common in spring than any other season.

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I’ve already written about my weekend in Philadelphia; right outside Old City, Independence Hall flanked by new life all around.

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While in Philly, we drove down to Winterthur in Delaware (and I got to cross off another box on my list of states I’ve been in). Founded by a member of the illustrious du Pont family (not John E. du Pont), the estate holds a garden, museum, library and mansion just outside Wilmington. We spent all our time in the gardens, smack dab in the middle of daffodil season.

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However, the daffodils were only a secondary attraction to the cherry blossoms.

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I haven’t seen such lovely, robust cherry blossoms since a trip to Washington DC in 1989, roughly around the same time of year.

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I think I need to convince Steve that this should be the photo for our Christmas card this year.

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Looks good, but just imagine being there in person. The scents were sublime…

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Back to Massachusetts and a Mother’s Day afternoon at Elm Brook Reservation in Wellesley.

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Not too much was stirring in Elm Brook, apart from the occasional swath of vibrant colors.

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Petite buds, practically popping against a forest background.

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Over to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, post-daffodils but just in time for other seasonal treasures.

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I have a soft spot for tulips because we used to have a few on the side of our house growing up. Nothing beats those found at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but these weren’t half-bad.

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Not sure what these flowers are, but I nearly fell over when I caught sight of such a striking contrast of the pink and orange against the green.

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Spring is waning; even with its relative lack of transition, I’m ready for Summer.

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