Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, May 2021
Leaving the Rose Garden whose roses are not yet in bloom
to reach the native two-wing silverbell tree below the Rose Garden
Two-wing silverbell tree (Halesia diptera)
downhill and to the right towards the Chinese redbud tree
Chinese Redbud (Cercis chinensis) above ferns
across the green with buttercups
towards the circle of crabapple trees, their petals brightening the shadows of their boughs.
A circle of crabapple cultivars
The circle encloses a single, nondescript viburnum shrub
An Orangeberry Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) shrub in the midst of the circle of crabapple cultivars
Behind the crabapple trees, a native sweetshrub climbs the metal enclosure of one of the gardens of the Arboretum.
Harlston Wine Raulston sweetshrub (Calycanthus)
Growing along the same metal enclosure, Japanese Snowball viburnum.
Japanese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum)
A viburnum branch frames the crown of a native Longleaf pine tree
Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)
To sit for a while listening out for the whir of the needles in the warm Spring air.
Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris).
Photo by Robert Gutowski for the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia