My Fulbright Story: Spring!

I still recall a conversation I had with a salesman on the second day of arriving in Boston. 

As he confirmed the infamous Boston ‘windchill’, he mentioned that in 2021, there was hardly a spring season. Apparently, it felt like winter for several months – spring for 2 weeks – and then BAM! – it was summer. 

With this in mind, I’m very thankful for the beautiful spring weather that we’ve been getting. On more than a handful of days, we’ve had tops of 15-20 degrees Celcius in April alone. 

Not to mention seeing the array of flowers in full bloom including (lots of) tulips, daffodils, and magnolias. 

I’m certainly no expert in horticulture, but as I walked through Boston’s Public Garden and surrounding areas, I felt somewhat transported to both Asia and the Netherlands – the serenity of weeping willows to the boldness of tulips.

As it turns out, we can thank Mr William Doogue for the colourful inspiration. A trained horticulturist from Ireland, Doogue brought ‘exotic’ plants, many from European nurseries as he oversaw the Garden during 1878 – 1906.

Today, his successors have continued the tradition of transforming Boston from a winter wonderland to a spirited spring. 

My favourites so far are daffodils – you just can’t help but smile when you see them! 

What are your favourite Spring flowers? Let me know in the comments below! 

This post is not sponsored. All views are my own.

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