The Perfect Time to Go a Budding

February 24, 2014

“In winter when there are no flowers, and leaves are rare, even larger buds are interesting and somewhat exciting. I go a budding like a partridge.”
— Henry David Thoreau, from Winter: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 8, January 31, 1854

Azalea buds, Arboretum

Azalea buds, Arboretum

Many trees and bushes are actively budding right now.  I saw these azalea buds along the Azalea Way path at the arboretum.

Azalea buds

Azalea buds

And the magnolias are simply profligate with their showy, soft-as-mouse-fur, perky, candle-flame buds.

Magnolia buds

Magnolia buds


Watercolor sketches of magnolia buds

Watercolor sketches of magnolia buds







4 Responses to “The Perfect Time to Go a Budding”

  1. Renee Says:

    Believe it or not my witch hazel plant already had a few flowers on it. I purchased it for the early flowering and the fragrance.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, the witch hazel here is a winter bloom. I’ve been enjoyinging their yellow blooms — I pass two trees/bushes on my jog around Green Lake. Don’t their wild yellow “petals” remind you of strips of lemon zest?

  2. Renee Says:

    yes I am partial to the flowers. I choose them over the forsythia

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