A hardy group of eight souls braved a clear but cold day to tour Bush’s Pasture Parks searching for signs of Spring. Fortunately, there was plenty to see. The winter Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) were in full bloom, along with early bulbs such as Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops), Chionodoxa luciliae, and Crocus thommasinianus (early Crocus). Daphne odora (Winter Daphne), Pieris japonica, and Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine) were also in bloom. Skimmia japonica provided red and white berries for winter interest.
The tour was led by MSPC co-founder Gretchen Carnaby, who has more than 30 years experience working with the park’s extensive collection of trees, shrubs, and other plants.
Our next tour is Saturday, April 6, at 10:10 AM. We can expect a good display from the park’s camellias and pieris, mid-season bulbs, and our large collection of crabapples.