Crocuses and witch hazel at the Missouri Botanical Garden

DSC02009 DSC02018  Most of the last snowfall has melted. The skies are gray, white, or blue.  Nearly everything else is some tone of brown or tan.

But it is worth getting outside, perhaps at the Missouri Botanical Gardens where the crocuses around Henry Shaw’s house have pushed yellow and green through the turf.

This garden loves its cultivars. You canDSC02066 even see Chinese cultivars of witch hazel blooming yellow and red, along with our ruby native Ozark variety.

male wood duckThe Japanese garden represents nature at its most constrained. Even the ducks and geese, the former mallards and wood ducks today, the latter Canada, are constrained to hang out at the bridge where for a quarter a child may obtain a small handful of pellets.

A robin, exhausted, spread its wings to the sun in the vegetable garden soil.DSC02023

Soon, it will be spring.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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2 Responses to Crocuses and witch hazel at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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