For over twenty years, I have gone each spring to photograph the peak tulip displays at Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since I cannot go this year, I am consoling myself with all my Longwood Gardens spring photos. I am sharing some of my best to brighten up your spring day.
I love foxglove flowers and have tried to grow them, but we do not really have the right conditions here in southeast PA. They like cooler weather and we get hot and humid pretty quickly in summer. Here at Longwood Gardens they start them early and grow them in their greenhouses under the appropriate environment.
It’s ok to be feeling a little blue right now – just like this spring anemone flower (photographed at Longwood Gardens a few years ago). Staying home today means I can enjoy spring next year to its fullest.
Spring is in full bloom in the Mid Atlantic. I took this photo of blooming magnolias at Winterthur Museum and Gardens about a week ago while the garden was still open. As with all non essential businesses in our area, Winterthur is now also closed so I will have to enjoy my spring photos from previous years.
The March Bank at Winterthur Museum and Gardens starts blooming in shades of yellow as winter aconite and adonis wake up in late February. I usually miss this display because it’s hard to think about flowers and spring when it feels like winter. But by mid March the yellow has given way to shades of blue as squill and glory-of-the -snow carpet a vast area underneath a canopy of large old native trees. The trees are still bare but these little flowers are a promise that green life is not far behind.
No traveling for me for a while which is OK because spring is my favorite time of year to be at home. I am fortunate to have some of the country’s best public gardens nearby and I have been photographing them in spring for over 20 years. I have lots of photos that I love and have decided to share them as spring unfolds this year. I hope they bring you a little joy in these difficult times.