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It’s Spring!

April 1, 2010

It must be spring, because 10,000 violas are getting new homes inside the park, and more than 2,000 cubic yards of hardwood mulch is disappearing from the pile. The push is on to have everything ready, and with everything looking so pretty it’s hard to know where to begin.

The forsythia looks as if it will be blooming for our first guests this season. The daffodils are also showing color. Pieris look great right now too, probably due to the increased rainfall we’ve had over the last few months. However, they only look this pretty for a short period of time. It’s easy to love, if you’re into short relationships.

The flowers have bloomed on our spring-blooming magnolias. They are very easy to spot because the white strappy flowers appear before the leaves. Two saucer magnolias that are currently blooming are the varieties ‘Ann’ and ‘Jane’. One has a fully purple/pink flower and the other has petals that fade to white at the tips. All of these form small trees that would also be a suitable size for most homeowners’ gardens.

We also have a few camellias in the park that are continuing to bloom as well. You will see most of them in the areas between Ireland and New France. The largest are the Yuletide with open red flowers. We are trying some other varieties and colors right now, including some with peony-like flowers. I look forward to finding out how they will fare as the season goes on.

With so many trees in bud or bloom as a backdrop, it will be a beautiful spring in Williamsburg.

Sheila
Landscaper at Busch Gardens

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