Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 413: A Day at Longenecker

Some warmer weather has finally arrived! I took advantage of fair skies and warm temps to make my first visit to the UW Arboretum of the year. The tunnel connecting one side to the other is fairly disgusting (probably a good thing it's unlighted!), but skirting the northern edge of Curtis Prairie I caught my first glorious glimpse of Longenecker Garden -- the magnolia are in bloom! Here are a few pics from my visit:

Magnolia trees seen from Curtis Prairie.

One of my favorite photos of the day.

The dogwood trees are nearly done blooming. 

Chinese Cherry trees are also in bloom

A few pasqueflowers were still blooming in the native plants
garden on the south side of the visitor center. 

Rue Anemone, north side of the visitor
 center and in Gallistel Woods.

Prairie Smoke, blooming outside the main entrance
to the McKay Visitor Center. 

Come back tomorrow, and next Wednesday and Friday, for more photos from this visit.

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PlantPostings said...

Stunning photos, Heather! I wish the Magnolias would last longer--they're so amazing ... all of them! I was at the Arb yesterday, and the Trout Lilies, Bloodroot, some Trilliums, and Virginia Bluebells were blooming. The Mayapples are starting to flatten out already! Crazy early and crazy fast!

CountryDew said...

How can your dogwoods be finished blooming when ours have just started? Lovely photos, though. Gaia is generous with her beauty. Many blessings.

sandyland said...

what a lovely adventure

Heather said...

Thanks, Beth-- I too wish the magnolias would last longer. Hoping to get back over there on Friday to see bloodroot, trillium and trout lily before they're gone.

Anita: Maybe the species? Or difference in growing zone? All I know is the few trees I saw were flowering, but already starting to fade.

Sandy: Thank you. :)

Lea said...


Heather said...

Thanks, Lea!

colleen said...

Oh, I think I'm in love!

Alice Audrey said...

Such a contrast to see such beauty after passing through a dark and scary tunnel.

Mia Celeste said...

Magnolias are beautiful and so are your pictures. Thanks.

Heather said...

Colleen: Thank you. You should see Longenecker and Gallistel Woods now. I couldn't believe how much had bloomed between last Sunday and Friday!

Alice: Did I mention the dead thing in the tunnel? Or, to be more precise, what was left of the dead thing? Thankfully, it was gone when I returned on Friday, and there was so much more in bloom. Amazing what warmer temps and a little rain will do!

Thanks, Mia! Was there again Friday, and quince, rhododendrons and lilacs are now blooming in Longenecker, and in the woods I found a ton of violets, toothwort, yellow and white trout lilies, bluebells, a few bitterroot, and a couple rue anemone. Mayapples are really coming up now, too. Oh, and near Big Spring there is a profusion of marsh marigolds. Gorgeous!