Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sarah Roosevelt Park

This park isn't much to look at, but if you look closely, there's quite a bit happening there right now.

Daffodils (Narcissus sp.)

The appropriately titled Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis).

Andromeda (Pieris japonicus)

And Crocus (Crocus vernalis)

Here's some trivia for you: the pollen in a crocus flower is saffron. The saffron must be harvested by hand and is thus quite labor-intensive. Which explains the high cost of this spice.

I am going to try and post more photos of things in bloom as I am seeing more and more. Forsythia is blooming and I saw some Iris reticulata on 5th Avenue in a tree pit near 10th street. That's a surprise as this is a diminutive and underappreciated plant.

Chinese Lilac Tree (Syringa reticulata) is beginning to leaf out, too. This is the only tree I've seen leafing out so far. However, the buds on all the Bradford Pears are opening and the Red Maples are finally about to bloom.


Bridget said...

yea for spring! And yea for Jennifer for telling me what everything is. Now i will have to walk out of my way to Sarah Roosevelt Park on my commute home.

Anne said...

Seriously! Hooray for spring and Jennifer. Without you I wouldn't know that daffodils are actually Narcissus sp. Um, I still don't know what that means, but it's awesome! and so are you. Love fest!