Bloom time be­gins

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Days are get­ting warmer as the scenery paints it­self in a softer pal­ette of eye-catch­ing shades. Pinks, golds and laven­ders are fill­ing in the spa­ces where ju­niper, piñons and leaf­less trees once stood. Ev­ery­thing out­side seems to com­mand our at­ten­tion, ask­ing us to stop what we are do­ing for a mo­ment and take in the beauty thatwe have­waited so long to see. Gar­den lovers re­joice in this time of year, and for those that don’t have a gar­den, there are plenty of bloom­ing places around town to gaze upon and steal a pic­ture or two. With Earth Day also be­ing cel­e­brated this month, there is way that we can con­trib­ute even more to the nat­u­ral beauty by plant­ing a tree, or even start­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den.

While it’s still early in the sea­son, bulb flow­ers con­tinue to have their hey­day this month, as well as the fruit trees with their ethe­real flow­er­ing branches that make ev­ery­thing seem­more mag­i­cal. If we are lucky, li­lacs will make their en­trance, too. Com­ing in a large se­lec­tion of va­ri­eties and colors, th­ese woody shrubs have not only adapted to the re­gion’s dry, alkaline soil, but have pro­lif­i­cally prop­a­gated them­selves, not un­like weeds, only in the most beau­ti­ful of ways.

It seems as April’s flo­ral se­lec­tion grows, it’s dif­fi­cult not to bump into a gar- den some­where around town. From the col­or­ful patches planted by lo­cal nurs­eries and vol­un­teers on theA­dopt-a-me­dian strips (part of the Keep Santa Fe Beau­ti­ful pro­gram), to the court­yards of art gal­leries, ho­tels and restau­rants, the flower spy­ing can seem end­less.

Gerald Peter’s Gallery on Paseo de Per­alta has an im­pres­sive ar­ray of sea­sonal flow­ers start­ing in April and last­ing un­til fall. The side­walks will be brim­ming with tex­ture and color soon. The front win­dow boxes and gar­den bar­rels at the Michael Smith Gallery on Canyon Road are equally im­pres­sive, bloom­ing in ev­ery shade imag­in­able. He has more to see around back; just ask him. Michael is a se­ri­ous gar­dener who loves to share his pas­sion for plants.

Most lo­cals are aware of the stunning win­dow­boxes at the Inn of theGover­nors on Alameda, but tourists are find­ing them just as ap­peal­ing as they cap­ture ever­last­ing images that are be­ing posted on Instagram and Pin­ter­est.

And then there is the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard, which is start­ing to green up quite nicely, thanks to the Rai­l­yard Ste­wards and many vol­un­teer­swho keep the gar­dens in pris­tine con­di­tion. Go­ing north and past the plaza, Sena Plaza on Palace Av­enue houses some beau­ti­ful up­scale re­tail stores, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Casa Sena restau­rant, but it’s the court­yard that draws vis­i­tors in with its well-es­tab­lished, showy peren­ni­als that are start­ing to grow­fast. With an abun­dant canopy of lighted trees cov­er­ing part of the gar­den, the ex­pe­ri­ence is quite mag­i­cal, es­pe­cially at dusk. The Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are also gear­ing up for what should be a very green sea­son, and is well­worth the visit in early spring. Don’t for­get that mem­ber­ships are avail­able that of­fer much to the frus­trated South­west gar­dener. Soon, one of the most vis­ited places in Santa Fe, the cen­tral Plaza, will have its rain­bow-colored planters filled, some­thing to look for­ward to in May and June.

The list of living beauty in Santa Fe goes on. Butwhat’s im­por­tant this month is to ap­pre­ci­ate the growth we can ex­pe­ri­ence now be­fore the arid sum­mer ar­rives. And don’t for­get: on April 22, be sure to show your sup­port for Mother Earth by adding a lit­tle more to her view.

Ca­role has been in the flori­cul­ture in­dus­try, from in­ter­na­tional whole­sale and re­tail sales to event plan­ning, for over 20 years. She has flo­ral stu­dios in Santa Fe and Bal­ti­more, was a Santa Fe Mas­ter Gar­dener, and sup­ports lo­cal/na­tional flower farms and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects. She is avail­able for demon­stra­tions and lec­tures. Con­tact her at clan­ or visit www. flow­er­

Flow­er­ing cherry tree

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