Spring has sprung in Cleveland Ohio.
It took longer than usual but Old Man Winter has gone, the snow piles melted, and Lake Erie is blue again. This is the time when NE Ohio is at it’s best.
The snowdrops and crocuses have faded and in the past few days the hyacinths and daffodils are starting to bloom. Driving around, you can see things budding and greening up from the yellow flowers of the forsythia bushes to the swelling buds of the lilacs. Even the grassy medians of the highways look greener than two weeks ago.
There is naturally an uptake in the business at nurseries and garden centers as well, including from me, as gardeners are busy looking for deals on bags of mulch, vegetable seeds, and early bedding plants like pansies and violas. Naturally, this is the time for yard work and my shovel and rake have already been out of the garage many times.
It is also a time for public gardens, parks, and even cemeteries in the area to display spring flowers of all kinds; from the drifts of Turkish glory-of-the-snow on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art to the budding trees around the Sanctuary Marsh of the North Chagrin Reservation.
Starting with the witch hazel bushes and hellebore blooming in March, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens launces spring in the University Circle area. It’s having its Big Spring display through April 26th. The grounds look stunning this time of year with the tulips and other bulbs in bloom.
At the Gardens’ sister institution, the Holden Arboretum in Lake County, Arbor Day weekend and Plant sale will take place at the end of the month. This vast arboretum has many miles of trails and numerous exhibits, such as the Lilac and Crabapple displays. Also the Helen Thayer Rhododendron Garden will be in bloom when May arrives drawing numerous visitors to enjoy the colorful blooms in a woodland setting.
Lakeview Cemetery: each spring they hold their annual Daffodil Sunday which is this year on April 19th. 100,000 daffodils will be in bloom in this historic cemetery and is a big crowd pleaser. It also happens to be the resting grounds for such notable Clevelanders as President James A. Garfield, Secretary of State John Hay, industrialist and political boss Marcus A. Hanna, and one John D. Rockefeller.
It is also the time to resume those weekend road trips in Northeast Ohio. Towns such as Oberlin and Hudson also have spring bulbs blooming en masse in their squares and parks. as well as the old houses along the residential streets. In Oberlin, for example, the trees around Finney Chapel are an impressive sight at this time of year.
Enjoy it while it lasts, summer will be here sooner than we think.