Having said that, I'm not regretting one bit that we are flying to Puerto Rico tomorrow to visit the inlaws. I'll be just as happy when I return to greet every new sign of spring. And I will be rejuvenated and thoroughly warmed up in and out!
I found the time for a quick walk in the Arnold Arboretum yesterday morning. It was grey and fairly cold and windy. I noticed that many trees and shrubs had winter damage as everywhere else in Boston. Many old favorites were missing branches that had broken off under wet heavy snow. We'll see how they recuperate - trees have ways of healing themselves.
From the path I noticed these silvery buds down by the wet areas.
The Pussy Willow buds were bursting and shedding their single bud scales.
Just unfurled -
And so incredibly soft.
I have a thing for Silver Maples. They are so grand and romantic. Their old bark silvery and red.
This is one of the biggest I know!
To see Speckled Alder was to greet a friend from my childhood. We used to pick the little cones and save them as treasures.
Thanks to my blog friend Woodswalker I know that this pointy bud belongs to a Sugar maple.
Colors were sparse in the park this day
but I spent some time with this Robin.