Daily Archives: May 12, 2011

Spring around Salem

Just a few photographs of Salem sites with no particular connection other than the season.  It’s been a cold spring so far, and I think blooming is a little delayed—always the case with my own garden, which doesn’t look like much until a little later in the year.  I’m kind of a quirky gardener as I’m more interested in individual plants rather than the garden as a whole, and I tend to like plants with interesting historical connections, which generally means later-blooming herbs.  But I did inherit a nicely laid out garden from the previous owners of our house, bordered by boxwoods which thankfully survived the harsh winter.

The central perennial bed is above, and off to left is a little “woodland garden” with a pond and this amazing plant, which is in bloom right now.

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)!  Aren’t they amazing?  They always surprise me this time of year, along with my yellow lady slippers which are not quite ready for exposure.  Across the street from our house, is “McIntire Park”, the site of the former magnificent McIntire South Church, which I wrote about in an earlier post.  Today it is home to flowering dogwoods, among other trees.

A few more shots of Salem over the past week:  tulips in the Ropes Mansion garden on Essex Street, the shop window of Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments on Washington Street, and the “Mighy Wave”, a one-day installation of plastic bottles collected in one week from last Saturday’s Clean Salem, Green Salem event on the Common.

Finally the view as I approach my office at Salem State University: twin rows of trees lining the path to work.

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