Ta-Da! Daffodils, magnolias, and redbuds are finally in full bloom at The Morton Arboretum. Wildflowers are out in force in the East Woods, with carpets of Virginia bluebells to be seen from the roads and trails as well as Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, red trillium, and many others.
The Magnolia Collection is blooming on both the East and West Sides, as are the magnolia trees on Frost Hill. In the Rose Family Collection, cherry trees are flowering, and the many crabapple trees are starting to bloom in the Crabapple Collection.
Orange quinces, pink redbuds, and white serviceberries are in flower in the Visitor Center parking lot. Containers and beds planted with interesting shrubs and cheerful flowers are adding bright colors to the Visitor Center, Administration Building, Thornhill, and Entrance Drive areas.
Look for more flowers in the Fragrance Garden near the Thornhill Education Center, along nearby Joy Path, and in the Ground Cover Garden near the Visitor Center.
According to Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records, cold weather delayed flowering in the early part of spring, but recent warm weather is allowing our plants to catch up quickly. While serviceberries are blooming a week and a half behind their average bloom times, quinces and redbuds are right on schedule, according to the Arboretum’s 20-year average. Some daffodils already have faded, but many more are to come.