Glory of the Snow Chionodoxa sardensis

The genus name is derived from the Greek words chion, meaning snow, and doxa, meaning glory. An early bloomer, it often pokes up through the snow in western Turkey, where this small bulb is native. The small, upward-facing flowers are pale to dark blue with a white center, making them appear almost translucent. The star-shaped flowers have six petals that spread nearly flat. Contribution by Denise Rubenstein, who maintains the What’s Bloomin’ posts on the kiosk in the garden.

April is an exciting time in the Rhododendron Garden. Early blooming rhododendrons are showing their stuff, and it is the month that many of the magnolia trees put their flowers on display. As always, it’s a great time to get up to the park and take in what there is to see and smell.