Spring rises from Texas

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Coming back from a recent late winter’s jaunt to the West, I took the opportunity to stop off at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to check for signs of spring. I wasn’t disappointed. This botanic garden sits on 110 acres practically in the heart of the city and is the oldest in Texas. Founded in 1934, it now contains thirty-four specialty gardens, including a seven-acre Japanese Garden that ranks among the best in the world. The Rose Garden is also a show piece but its heights are a bit later in the season than late February. Along with a number of other early bloomers, the magnolias and flowering quince were just starting their displays at Forth Worth. It’ll be a few weeks more, as spring slowly takes its time rising north across the continent from Texas to New York, so it was cheerful anticipation of what’s coming my way.


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Margery Leonard Garden Court behind the Tropical Conservatory at the Garden Center.

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Parsley, pansies and ornamental kale.

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More ornamental kale and pansies.

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Walkway through the still-dormant grass lawn leading to the Adelaide Polk Fuller Garden.

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Loropetalum chinensis ‘Plum Delight’.

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Mahonia bealei and Drummond Red Maple, Acer rubrum var. drummondii.

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Magnolia x soulangiana at the Texas Gardens Club headquarters.

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Bank of flowering quince, Chaenomeles japonica ‘Jet Trail’.

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Chaenomeles x superba ‘Texas Scarlet’ and Chaeomeles japonica ‘Jet Trail’.

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Chaeomeles japonica ‘Cameo’ and Chaenomeles x superba ‘Texas Scarlet’.

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Herons splash in the fountain at the Perennial Garden.

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Saxifraga stonifera.

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Helleborus orientalis ‘Winter Queen.’ Aspidistra eliator and snow drops (cultivar unlabeled).

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Purple oxalis, Oxalis triangularis, and Daphne ordora ‘Aureo Marginata’.


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