April showers bring May flowers

Lauren Hunt, Staff Writer

Spring has sprung, pollen has filled the air, and allergy season is among us: the nature around us is in full bloom. Arguably, flowers are one of the best parts of spring’s attributes. The fresh colors that arrive when things are just starting to bloom, are sure to capture your eye. Go outside thinking about flowers and you’ll be captured by an array of colors you’ve never noticed before. Some flowers you just may see in your backyard you are sure to appreciate, by just knowing what they are. 

Featured in the picture is a Large Cup Daffodil with a pale orange cup, and white petals. “Daffodils bloom early in the season in March and I really like seeing the yellow because it’s a reminder that winter is coming to an end,” said Jennifer Palmer. (Lauren Hunt)


   The Narcissus pseudonarcissus, known as the Daffodil, is known for its trumpet-like resemblance. “I also really enjoy New England daffodils. They remind me of the emergence of spring,” said flower enthusiast and Hollis resident Jennifer Palmer. There is a small range in color which includes, yellow, orange and white. Daffodils are carefree and will bloom almost anywhere. Best of all, daffodils multiply quickly and are able to  return every spring. For this reason it is very likely on your walks around the neighborhood you will see a pops of yellow in people’s yards.

The photo above is of the bright red blossoms from a crab apple tree, coated in the afternoon rain. “Its showy, dark pink to red flowers are what draw most people to the prairifire flowering crabapple. And for good reason. The stunning, long-lasting spring blossoms are a sight to behold,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation. (Lauren Hunt)

Crab Apple Blossoms

   Crab apple blossoms form on bushes and trees and can be found all throughout New Hampshire, because of the color and foliage, they are a New England favorite. The botanical name being Malus floribunda, where Malus means “apple” in Latin, the blossoms are beautiful and fragrant. With colors ranging from light pink to dark red, these flowers are sure to capture your eye.

These soft pink blossoms are none other than the eye-catching cherry blossom tree; and even though the smell is not so pleasant, some may compare it to rotting fish, the trees beauty more than makes up for the not so pleasant scent. “Some flowers that are on trees only look good for a day or two, while cherry blossoms can withstand a variety of conditions,” said Maddie Richardon. (Lauren Hunt)

Cherry Blossoms

   During the spring, the Prunus serrulata, also known as the cherry blossom tree explodes into pretty pink clouds consisting of flowers. Although the color variety is small the tree does not go unappreciated. “I like cherry blossoms because they are pretty, with the little hint of pink towards the center,” said senior Maddie Richardson ‘20. In Japan cherry blossoms symbolize renewal, which is why every year all across the world different countries hold cherry blossom festivals, including our very own Boston, Massachusetts. While the trees nab all the attention, the blossom petals are edible and used in a variety of teas and sweets.

The beautiful, rain covered, magenta flower of the newly bloomed azalea shrub shows the divine detail of these perennial flowers. “What I love about the azaleas are the abundance of bright flowers. Mature azaleas are able to produce so many flowers because they are exposed to ample sun since the flowers form before the leaves emerge,” said Jennifer Palmer. (Lauren Hunt)


   Spring brings flowers, and it wouldn’t be a New England spring without azaleas allocated as Rhododendrons. Neighborhoods all across Hollis and Brookline hold these flowering perennial shrubs. “One of my favorite New Hampshire flowers are roseshell azaleas. They are one of the hardiest species of the United States that grows in the region from Virginia north to Vermont. They are very abundant in southern New Hampshire and are often found near open woods near a swamp, river, or a pond,” said Jennifer Palmer. There are around twelve different types of azaleas, and the most popular bush you’ll see around the HB neighborhoods consist of the magenta blooms classified as the ‘Encore Autumn Amethyst’. However there is quite the variety in color ranging from, purple, to white, to red, and yellow, these are a diverse group of flowers.

The soft purple elegant flower also known as the sweet william catchfly flower, is in full bloom this time of year spread through garden beds, these blooms add a cool pop of color and are a popular choice for many gardeners. “ It is called catchfly because of the white sticky sap that oozes from damaged parts of the stems, which snares small insects,” said Bonnie L. Grant a certified urban agriculturist. (Lauren Hunt)

 Sweet William Catchfly

Although the name isn’t so graceful this flower resembles a simple yet elegant bloom spread around  low to the ground in bunches across people’s garden beds. The botanic name for these petite flowers are Silene armeria. This isn’t a flower as popular as the previously mentioned however the color, heart-shaped petals, and the different pink petals are sure to capture your eyes. Sweet William Catchfly has a variety of colors ranging from rose pink, to white.The plant flowers from May to September and comes primarily in tones of pink but may also be in white and lavender. The plant’s extended blooming period makes growing Silene armeria ideal for any landscape. Catchfly perennials are low-growing plants with exceptional drought tolerance,” said Bonnie L. Grant a certified urban agriculturist. 


Now that you have hopefully learned a little bit more about different types of flowers, both perennials and wild flowers around New Hampshire. Hopefully the next time you’re on a walk, even just a quick stroll around the neighborhood you’re out being your own little botanist identifying the different types of flowers. There is such a variety blooming, and with doing a little research you could find the petals are edible, (be sure of this before you go out eating flowers). Even without edible flowers this is a great time of year to go make a bouquet for yourself or someone special, or even press flowers you can find in your own backyard, there’s so much you can do with the beautiful blooms of spring.