BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Garden Photos from Maureen

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Today we’re visiting with Maureen Budny in North Reading, Massachusetts. Maureen is an amateur photographer and has shared some of her photos with us before (A Photographer’s Eye in the Garden). She sent in some wonderful photos from different seasons.

pink and white leavesThis is a stunningly beautiful shot of very unusual fall color. The shrub here is a euonymous, but I’m not sure what species. It may be the native Euonymous americanus (Zones 6–9), but whatever it is, the pink-and-white coloration is drop-dead gorgeous.

pear tree foliage in fallA pear tree (Pyrus calleryana, Zones 5–9) shows off its warm fall color. This species is invasive in much of the eastern United States, so it isn’t recommended to plant it, but we can still see the beauty in the changing leaves.

fallen Japanese maple leavesI love this unusual shot of fallen Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) leaves. We often enjoy these leaves when they are brilliant red and orange, but here Maureen focuses on a later stage, when the leaves have fallen and faded. They are still beautiful and make intricate patterns on the ground.

sunset in winterIn the winter there are still brilliant colors, but they don’t come from flowers.

Tommy crocusesTommy crocuses (Crocus tommasinianus, Zones 4–8) are always one of the first flowers of spring, pushing up their cheery purple goblets in the sunshine.

yellow crocusesAnd yellow crocuses (probably Crocus flavus ‘Yellow Mammoth’, Zones 3–9) aren’t far behind, with their bits of sunshine opening up on the ground.

dark purple hyacinthI can almost smell the fragrance of this dark purple hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis, Zones 4–8) right through my computer screen.

blooms of an apple treeThere is nothing sweeter than the pink-and-white blooms of an apple tree (Malus sp.).

cluster of white and yellow daffodilsWhat would spring be without daffodils (Narcissus hybrid, Zones 3–8)?

flowering cherry tree in bloomFlowering cherries (Prunus × yedoensis, Zones 5–8) make clouds of tiny blossoms in the spring that all too quickly fade. That beautiful but brief bloom period symbolizes the fleeting nature of life in Japan and the need to enjoy and celebrate each beautiful moment—something Maureen does wonderfully with her photos.

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