Japanese Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The magnolias had come early. Many were in full bloom.
Everywhere we looked, there was another sort, among them the Elizabeth, on which the Brooklyn Botanic Garden holds the patent.
After the warm spell in late March, we'd harbored a fond hope that the Cherry Esplanade would be in bud, but with the resurgence of colder weather, the cherry trees had held off, which is probably just as well.
The weather hadn't got the message yet, but the flowers had. Spring is here.
For a Spotify Playlist, click on Gather Ye Blossoms.
Beethoven, Spring Sonata (Anne Sophie-Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral-first section) (Christian Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic)
Sibelius, Spring Song (Osmo Vänskä, Lahti Symphony Orchestra)
Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring (Part 1, Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony)
Copland, Appalachian Spring (Part 1, Martha Graham, choreography)