The calendar is marching inexorably toward summer. Humidity is building, and the mercury is oozing toward 90 degrees. It seems like only yesterday that we were locked in snow and ice, and suddenly it’s hot. Did we even have a spring this year?
Yes, we did. Like her sister Autumn, Lady Spring is an elusive and ephemeral tease. This year, perhaps pouting at the persistence of the Winter Queen, Spring’s arrival was late, and her stay short. But she did grace us with her presence. I have the evidence!
All of these photos were taken at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware. Mt. Cuba is a botanical garden with a commitment to using and promoting native plants in its 50 acre cultivated gardens and 500 acre natural areas.
The center offers many classes on horticulture and conservation, and maintains a Trial Garden where various native plants are studied.
The pathway leads through a variety of habitats, including woods, meadows and ponds.
The stars of the show in spring are the Trilliums. They even get their own garden!
Some Trilliums wear camo…
Or come in double-flowered forms.
A shady spot for one of Her Ladyship’s sprites to sit and enjoy her lunch.
These neat flowers were at both Shenk’s Ferry and Mt. Cuba. They gave me fits trying to get a good photo.
Now the Summer Queen is knocking at the door. Lady Spring kept us in suspense this year, and her appearance was brief, but oh, was it worth the wait!