Spring is here: Magnolia blossoms are blooming, along with daffodils and more

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  • Andrea James of Florence filled her window box with daffodils from Hadley Garden Center, leaving them in their original containers so they’d stand up “like soldiers.” Photographed on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Magnolia blossoms brighten the corner of Pine and Maple streets in Florence. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Alicia Hunter, an intern with Sawmill Herb Farm, tends elderberry plants in a plot near Meadow Street in Florence on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • The adjoining plots E8 and E9 meet with a line of daffodils and a pair of espalier fruit trees at the Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Deb Jacobs of Leeds waters plants in her side-by-side plots at the Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Andrea James of Florence filled her window box with daffodils from Hadley Garden Center, leaving them in their original containers so they’d stand up “like soldiers.” Photographed on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Deb Jacobs of Leeds tends her side-by-side plots at the Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Andrea James of Florence filled her window box with daffodils from Hadley Garden Center, leaving them in their original containers so they’d stand up “like soldiers.” STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A set of rattan chairs wait for company in an established plot at the Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A rock painted, "Yes, you can," nestles in a tree at the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden on Meadow Street in Florence where gardeners prepare for a new season on Wednesday morning, April 29, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

For the Gazette
Published: 4/29/2020 2:00:34 PM

Spring has arrived and was visible in near-full force to residents of Northampton and Florence out for some exercise on Wednesday morning. Yellow daffodils have been the heralds of color, but now the pinks and fluffy whites of blooming magnolia and ornamental fruit trees abound — despite what has seemed like a cool five weeks since the official end of winter.

Workers with Sawmill Herb Farm were weeding and composting around scores of young elderberry bushes growing in a dozen rows off Meadow Street in Florence. A handful of gardeners could be spotted working in the nearby Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden on Meadow Street, as well as at the older Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road — once home to the kitchen garden area of the former Northampton State Hospital. However, in a testament to the extra precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, signs posted at the entrances of the latter site note that the gardens are currently only open for registered users — and not for the joggers, sightseers and other visitors who are usually welcome. 




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