On Sunday, I joined an Urban Nature Walk in the Arnold Arboretum led by Jef. Last year at this time, a few magnolias, cherries, and red maples were blooming. This year, winter still held sway with temperatures in the 30s F, a cold wind, and patches of snow hiding in shadow.
Despite the cold, we found a few plants in flower. Skunk cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus) were popping up near the marsh.
The rosegold pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla), native to East Asia, was also starting to bloom.
Due to a warm early spring this year, the peak bloom for most of the lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum was the weekend of April 21-22. However, over a month later, a few varieties are still in bloom (date of accession in parentheses):
Syringa x prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman’ (1991) – Donald Wyman lilac
Syringa x swegiflexa (1949) – Swegiflexa lilac
Syringa sweginzowii (1977) – Chengtu lilac
Syringa tomentella (1999) – Felty lilac
Syringa villosa (1907) – Late lilac
Syringa [Villosae group] ‘Mary C Bingham’ (1998) – Mary C Bingham lilac