No matter how much you love winter, the first flowers of spring revive Vermonters. Here in Rutland County, our lawns, the side of roads, and mountains are very colorful beginning in March, continuing through the season, and into summer. It is not hard to find these beauties, but here is a list to make your flower hunting a little easier.
Along the Streets
If you love flowers that have been planted and cared for by loving gardeners, you are in luck! Rutland City has planted trees throughout the streets. The city also has an extremely dedicated Rutland Garden Club of Vermont. These flowers can be seen by car or on an evening stroll through the city.
Cherry Blossom Trees
Beginning in late March or early April, take a walk or drive down Main Street in Rutland. If you adventure onto the side streets, you will be pleasantly surprised to find rows of Cherry Blossom Trees.
Tulips are one of the Rutland Garden Club’s specialties. They can be found
scattered throughout Rutland City flowerbeds. As a friendly reminder, do not pick the flowers unless there is a sign saying it is okay to do so, especially on private property.
Chances are, you will smell a lilac bush before you see it. Their sweet smell wafts through windows beginning mid-May. The smell can be overwhelming to many, but it is hard to argue their beauty.
Go for a Hike
Vermont is home to over 1,500 wild plants. One of the best ways to find some of these native flowers is by going for a hike. On a recent hike up Deer Leap in Killington, Vermont yellow trout lilies and red trilliums were spotted.
Yellow Trout Lilies
Yellow Trout Lilies bloom between March and May, but sometimes the flower never makes an appearance. Lucky for this plant, its foliage makes up for the flower’s beauty. The leaves have markings resembling a brook trout, hence its name.
These little flowers kind of look like a star, making them easy to identify. Fun fact, a person can be fined for picking trilliums and other flowers on provincial land in Ontario, Canada. Good thing we are only neighbors to Canada!
As the name suggests, these flowers are quite common in our region. You must wait until late spring, but then they are found along trails, in backyards, on the side of the road, and anywhere the wind takes their seeds.
In a Store
For those who would rather enjoy the flowers inside, we have local flower farms in Rutland County.
Blume Vermont is small 1.5-acre f flower farm in North Clarendon. The women-led business has a twofold mission; to engage the community of Central Vermont through cut flower distribution as well as personalized gardening services. Blume Vermont sells flowers at weekend farmers’ markets and drops flowers off for sale at The Rutland Area Food Co-Op.
Whether you like enjoying the flowers in the fresh air or bringing that sweet-smelling springtime scent inside, Rutland County, Vermont has all of your flower needs to help you bloom out of the winter blues.