Spring Fourth – My 4 Springs of 2012

When I planned my month-long research trip, I did not have the gardens I would see and their stages of spring development in the forefront of my mind.  I was focused on what I planned to research, where, and with whom I would direct my queries. However, as I travelled from North Dakota to New York, then to London, and on to Somerset, England, ending up back in North Dakota, I had the great joy of witnessing spring in my changing environment four times.  That does not happen very often in one’s life, so I want to share some images and thoughts with you about what I saw.

Snow on the emerging daylily bed in Bismarck, North Dakota

Snow on the emerging daylily bed in Bismarck, North Dakota

Color remaining from fall 2011 - Epimedium 'Bandit'

Color remaining from fall 2011 - Epimedium 'Bandit'

Spring at the New York Botanical Gardens near the Mertz Library

Spring at the New York Botanical Gardens near the Mertz Library

The approach to the Merz Library, New York Botanical Gardens

The approach to the Mertz Library, New York Botanical Gardens

Crown Imperial Fritillaria (Fritillaria imperialis) native to the Kurdistan area, blooming at the Chelsea Botanic Garden, London, England

Crown Imperial Fritillaria (Fritillaria imperialis) native to the Kurdistan area, blooming at the Chelsea Botanic Garden, London, England

Garden Center open and thriving, Somerset, England April 26, 2012

Garden Center open and thriving, Somerset, England April 26, 2012

Blooming in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 25, 2012

Blooming in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 25, 2012

I will be posting more images of the New York Botanical Gardens, Hestercombe – paradise restored,  and Somerset, England, including the best hotel in Somerset – the Walnut Tree Hotel.   

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