“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

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Watercolor sketches of magnolia buds

Watercolor sketches of magnolia buds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia Tree

May 3, 2009

Magnolia Blossom

Magnolia Blossom

Floating magnolia blossom

Floating magnolia blossom

Magnified magnolia blossom

Magnified magnolia blossom

The magnolia trees I see in my north Seattle neighborhood are early blooming varieties, also called tulip trees.  The blossoms are short-lived and turn brown quickly.  Another of spring’s ephemeral gifts.