Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Magnolia update

This wonderful warm weather has hastened the blooms on the early magnolias and they are now mostly surrounding those trees on the ground! But the next batch are coming fast! these are the deep red/purple colors that we refer to as the middle magnolias... they are around the magnolia field and looking beautiful.. (John refers to them as the 4 sisters) If the weather cools a bit they may last better! the prim roses off the "Nature trail" are beginning and they too will be beautiful in several more days. Have a wonderful tour! Kay

Monday, April 27, 2009

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The walk is beautiful with much to see, especially magnolias, but not yet Azalias...they are in bud in the field so designated, but not ready to bloom for a week or so....they come as quickly as the magnolias go.... so keep tuned in! Kay

April Late Morning Walk

Azaleas where are the azaleas? White magnolia are in bloom, trees in celebration. I remember azaleas from hiking in the Taconic range near Brace Mountain. Somehow they had gotten free and whole mountain sides were covered and in flower. So critical to arrive on the right day, so I told myself got to get over to Pine Hollow Arboretum. Hiking boots on, as it is still a little wet (have to ask John, might be drainage from last few days of rain). There are lots of dry trails like the ridge up Japanese Hill and along Fir Trail towards Pine Hollow Road side of Arboretum and the one right out and up close to flowering trees in Magnolia Field. So I do know what azaleas look like and I guess it is still early for them? John said these are the early magnolias, which implies "later" ones. Gold and yellow koa are out in Front Pond. The benches look so inviting. This is the fourth time I've visited the Arboretum and I'm beginning to see how trail system works. I am going to paint some simple signs. I like to take a map and find geographic features that I orient in the direction I'm facing. John is right when he said you have to actually walk the trails to make sense of where to put up signs for direction. Here are some photos from today.
--- Best, Alan Casline

Beautiful day here

The grass is growing, the blooms are coming fast, birds are nesting, frogs are waking. Please come and enjoy! Kay