Wednesday is my day to volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. My job was to collect tulips for potpourri and violas with pretty faces. After I finished that, I decided to take a look around before I returned to our shed. It was cold, cloudy and wet. Not a good day for walking in a garden, but unexpected art popped up everywhere I looked.
Early spring is quick–one warm day and all the spring plants are gone. Apple trees bloom, the flowers fall and are replaced with tiny leaves. Virginia Bluebells are bloom and gone in a week. The same goes for tulips and daffodils. The most ubiquitous and beautiful plants of the day were the crab apple trees. Mostly pink and red, their buds were just opening up.
Although the red bud tree was quite spectacular, it didn’t delight me as much as the crab apples. I knew that the next time I come to the Garden, the crab apple flowers will be gone, so I wanted to enjoy them to the fullest. When I saw the first tree I had to take a picture.
Just outside the English Walled Garden, a little patch of daffodils in the grass caught my eye.
As I started down the walk toward our shed, pink crab apple trees lined the way.
When I turned on the path to the Arch Bridge, the view of crab apple trees, surrounded with Virginia Bluebells and daffodils in the background was breathtaking.
A cold dreary day turned out to be just lovely!