Ed.: We can’t wait for warmer weather, so from now until the official start of spring (that’s March 20 — mark your calendars!), we’re delivering our top 15 signs of spring. Check www.hvmag.com daily for more posts.
The Valley is well-known for its colorful seasonal display (check out our Fall Travel Guide for more on that), but the changing leaves aren’t the only form of flashy flora that catch our eye each year. You’ll know it’s officially springtime when these popular bulbs begin to sprout:
Daffodils: After the harsh winter weather wipes out our favorite plants, we can look forward to fields of delicate daffodils. Keep an eye open for these familiar yellow bulbs to pop up in your backyard, as they’re usually the first to bloom.
Crocuses: Another flower that makes an early appearance, look for shades of lavender, yellow, or white in your garden.
Crab apple trees: The bane of every child in mid-sprint, crab apples are often considered a nuisance — but their flowers are another story. Pink, red, and white flowers sprout in early- to mid-spring.
Tulips: Not all species of tulips grow much before the daffodils are in bloom, but there are a few exceptions. The reddish-orange, yellow, and bright pink variations are the kinds of tulips you’ll spy in local gardens in this spring.
… that Vassar College doubles as an arboretum? The 1,000-acre Poughkeepsie campus, which planted its first class tree (a stately swamp white oak) in 1868, was designated a Tree Campus in 2014 by the Arbor Day Foundation. Find out more about the arboretum’s history on its official Vassar Encyclopedia page here.
Crab apple trees (left) and tulips are some of our favorite springtime blooms.
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