I’ve always loved flowers. Flowers in vases. Flowers in gardens. Wildflowers. Wedding flowers. All kinds of flowers. Since living in New York City, I do my best to appreciate flower beds at the bases of trees and those in the decorative planters that line our streets. These flowers bring life and add color to our miles of concrete and cobblestone, and are often planted and cared for by residents and individual buildings. All of New York’s flowers are lovely, but let’s talk about the flowers in Central Park.
As often as I’ve walked through Central Park, I have to admit that I’ve taken the many flowering trees and plants for granted. Sure, I’ve taken a few photos of tulips and cherry blossoms, but I’ve never noticed the myriad species in bloom at this time of the year, until last weekend.
I went on a mission to discover as many different flowers as possible in a few hours. In other words, I didn’t scour the entire park, which could’ve easily taken a full day or more, but I did cover areas like The Mall, Belvedere Castle, the Boathouse, the Ramble, and the Sheep Meadow.
This time I skipped the Conservatory Garden, which is a flowering parcel unto itself and one of the true gems in the park. I visited the garden last year and snapped photos, and you can see those pictures here.
On this go-around, however, I focused more on individual types of flowers and the vivid color combinations. Tulips can be found everywhere, and, of course, daffodils are abundant in the park, although nearing the end of their season. I noticed a few bright blue hyacinths and thorny rose bushes, although roses aren’t sprouting just yet. Since I’m not an expert, I don’t know the name of every bud, but I know beauty when I see it.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them. In all honesty, photos don’t do Central Park justice –– you have to see this magnificent outdoor piece of New York in person to understand why it’s been called one of the greatest public parks in the world.
Next time you visit in spring, pay special attention to the flowers in Central Park!
For more information on the park, go to CentralParkNYC.org.