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What’s in Bloom This Week

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra 'Sommersonne' Summer Sun False Sunflower DSC_7280
Alfond Children’s Garden:
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ — English Lavender
Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1′ — Invincibelle Spirit Smooth Hydrangea at the entrance surrounding the whales
Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Becky’ — Shasta Daisy
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
Salvia nemorosa ‘Cardonna’ — Meadow Sage
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ — Sneezeweed
Salvia verticillata ‘Endless Love’ — Lilac Sage
Iris ensata ‘Lion King’ — Japanese Iris
Calendula, Yarrow, Echinacea and Chamomile still blooming in the physic garden
Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ — Bee Balm now blooming in the physic garden!
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Lowbush blueberries are just starting to ripen on Blueberry Island! (Yum!)

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’

Haney Hillside:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Penstemon smalli — Small Beard-tongue

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form — White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ — Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ — Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine
Hemerocallis – Daylily

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A.G. Annabelle’
Rosa ‘BAIset’
Astilbe ‘Peaches and Cream’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Showers’
Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Knockout’ (above 5 all located in the bed between the Children’s Garden and the Perennial and Rose Garden)
Echinaceas are beginning to bloom! In this garden, that includes: purpurea ‘Virgin,’ purpurea ‘Magnus,’ and paradoxa
Last week to catch the Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise,’ Eremurus stenophyllus, and some roses
Rosa ‘Robusta’
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’

Great Lawn:
Echinaceas, including: ‘Evan Saul,’ x hybrida ‘Balsomcor,’ ‘Balsomselo,’ ‘Pica Bella,’ purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High,’ and ‘Hot Papaya’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Salvias blooming include verticillata ‘Purple Rain,’ spendens ‘Ablazin Purple,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and x sylvestris ‘Blauhugel
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Sommersonne’
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Callirhoe involucrata
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta all coming into bloom!
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica – ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Gillenia trifoliata
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rosa caroliniana

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’
Begonia cvs.
Solanum pyracanthum — porcupine tomato
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Digitalis — foxgloves

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Allium ‘Hair’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Helianthus ‘Buttercream’
Helianthus ‘Italian White’
Agastache cvs.
Calendula cvs.

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Rock and Roll’
Morina longifolia
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Verbascum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightning’
Astilbe cvs.
Petunia ‘African Sunset’

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Calendula in ACG
Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Primula x bullesiana — Primrose
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Syringa reticulata — Japanese Tree Lilac
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Paeonia ‘Bartrzella’ — Yellow Itoh Hybrid Peony
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Digitalis grandiflora — Perennial Fox Glove

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ — Yarrow
Iris virginica ‘Carl Amason’ — Blur Flag Iris
Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ Catmint
Delphinium grandiflorum ‘Dwarf Blue Butterfly’ — Siberian Larkspur
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
Gailardia aristata ‘Arizona Apricot’ — Blanket Flower
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
In the physic garden:
– Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ — Tutti Frutti Series Yarrow
– Calendula officinalis ‘Bon Bon Orange’ Pot-marigold and ‘Resina’ Pot-marigold
– Echinacea purpurea — Eastern Purple Coneflower
– Matricaria recutita – German chamomile

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Morinia longifolia
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Papaver somniferum
Eschscholzia californica
BKG containers:
– Emilia javanica
– Brassica juncea cvs
– Pisum sativum ‘Dwarf Grey’
– Calendula cvs

Great Lawn Beds:
Callirhoe involucrata
Salvias x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and verticillata ‘Purple Rain’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ is beginning
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’
Spirea japonica ‘Alpina’

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Oenothera tetragona
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’
Many roses still look beautiful, including ‘Kent,’ ‘Radtko,’ ‘Belinda’s Dream,’ ‘Lillian Gibson,’ ‘Prarie Joy,’ ‘John Cabot,’ and ‘BALmas’ among others
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ and ‘Multi Blue’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ is just starting
Kniphofia icarian ‘First Sunrise’

Meditation Garden:
Sedum stefco — Stonecrop
Arisaema candidissimun — Pink-striped Cobra Lily

Haney Hillisde:
Kalmia latifolia — Mountain Laurel
Penstemom digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon smallii — Small Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Gillenia trifoliata — Bowman’s Root

VC Entrance Walkway:
Cuphea micropetala — candy corn plant
Phygelius rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’ — cape fuchsia
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Begonia ‘Bepared’ — Dragon Wing red begonia
Anigozanthus ‘Burgundy Jumper’ — kangaroo paw

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ – I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ – Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered White-striped Cobra Lily
Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Cypripedium kentuckiense – Kentucky Lady’s Slipper
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokova’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop

Alfond Children’s Garden
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’-Spiked Speedwell
Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’
Astilboides tabularis
Lonicera hirsuta-Hairy Honeysuckle

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Benthamidia japonica – ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia angustifolia
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Cypripedium reginae alba
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Baptisia australis. ‘Twilite Prairieblues’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Salvia officinalis
Mustard cvs
Calendula cvs
Dianthus ‘Green Ball’
Allium ‘Hair’
Papaver somniferum
Garlic scapes all acurl

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Benthamidia japonic
Syringa retiuclata
Spirea japonica ‘Little Princess’
Chionanthus virginicus – last hoorah
Clematis ochroluca (known as Curlyheads – like an alien plant form; bizarre fun!)

Meditation Garden:
Sedum stefco – Stonecrop
Arisaema candidissimun – Pink-striped Cobra Lily

Haney Hillisde:
Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel
Penstemom digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ , Beard-tongue
Smooth Beard-tongue
Penstemon smallii, Small Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus, Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Gillenia trifoliata, Bowman’s Root

Perennial and Rose Garden
Many Rosa varieties are looking lovely at the moment including: ‘BAlage’ (High Voltage Easy Elegance Rose), ‘Lillian Gibson,’ ‘Wasagaming,’ ‘John Cabot,’ ‘Kent,’ and ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale’
Clematis in bloom include ‘Multi Blue’ and ‘Hagley Hybrid’
Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise’
Allium schubertii
Echinacea paradoxa

Great Lawn:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Calliehoe involucrata
Salvias x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel’ and ‘Rose Queen’ are both at peak
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ is sending up flower stalks!
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Spirea japonica ‘Alpina’
Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Salvia argentia – Hobbits’ Foot Salvia
Chioanthus virginica — Fringe Tree
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ – Yarrow
Syringa reticulate — Japanese Tree Lilac
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Paeonia ‘Bartrzella’ — Yellow Itoh Hybrid Peony

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’
Cuphea micropetala
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
Digitalis
Cosmos ‘Coco Chanel’

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Kalmia latifolia 'Hoffman's Pink' mountain laurel DSC_6446

Woodland Garden:
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ – Origami Series Columbine
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Cypripedium kentuckiense – Kentucky Lady’s Slipper
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokova’ – Cranesbill
Geranium phaem ‘Samobar’ – Mourning Widow Cranesbill
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Band of Nobles Series/Russell Hybrid Lupine
Sedum kamtschaticum var. florifererum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Dianthus gratianopoltanus ‘Feuerhexe’—Cheddar Pink
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’—Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Salvia argentea – Hobbits’ Foot Salvia
Chionanthus virginicus—Fringe Tree
Achillea ‘Moonshine’– Yarrow

Great Lawn:
Thalictrum petaloideum
Annual Digiplexis looks great already
Baptisias all in full bloom – ‘Cherries Jubilee,’ ‘Purple Smoke,’ and more
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
pink Paeonia (not labeled) near Thalictrum

Perennial and Rose:
Indigofera kirilowii
Pale pink Rose behind Cercis ‘Covey’ is dripping with blooms
Dianthus ‘Mountain Mist’
Clematis ‘Multi Blue’
Allium schubertii (definitely one of the cooler alliums! Love it!)
Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris
Magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ has a couple of spectacular (and spectacularly big!) blooms

Alfond Children’s Garden
Arisaema triphyllum ssp. stewardsonii ‘Wide Whale Coruroy’ -Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Peony cultivars- Amazing right now
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’- Bowmans Root
Syneilesis x hybrida
Nepeta ssp.

Kitchen Garden:
Eschscholzia californica
Salvia officinalis
Baptisia sphaerocarpa ‘Screaming Yellow’

Cleaver Event Lawn:
All Benthamidia japonica (formerly known as Cornus kousa) in full bloom – ‘Big Apple,’ ‘Dwarf Pink,’ ‘Gold Cup,’ ‘Moonbeam,’ Moonsplash,’ ‘Lustgarten Weeping,’ and more
Chionanthus virginicus
Clematis ochroleuca
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ aka Rozanne
Primula Redfield Hybrids
Kalmia angustifolia
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Anemone canadensis
Cypripedium reginae alba
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Rudbeckia hirta
Baptisia australis hybrids incl. ‘Twilite Prairieblues’

Haney Hillside:
Corydalis lutea, ‘Fumewort’
Brunnera macrophylla, ‘Jack Frost’ Siberian Bugloss
Kalmia latifolia , mountain laurel
Gillenia trifoliata , Bowman’s Root
Dicentra, Bleeding Heart
Iris versicolor ‘Kermesina’, Blue Flag Iris

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Shasta’
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Anigozanthus ‘Red Jumper’
Digitalis
Begonia fuchsioides

What’s in Bloom This Week

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’
Thymus ‘Pink Chinz’ — Wild Thyme
Dodecatheon clevelandii – Shooting Star
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Fire Witch’ — Cheddar Pink
Paeonia rockii – Snow Lotus Tree Peony
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower

Great Lawn:
Annuals: Snapdragon mix around fish, pansies and Johnny-Jump-Ups in Founders Grove, planters, and Great Lawn bed.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ near entrance
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ just beginning
Baptisias ‘Purple Smoke,’ ‘Blueberry Sundae,’ and ‘Cherries Jubilee’ just beginning
Viburnum prunifolium
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’
Lupines just beginning behind stone bench! ‘Gallery Pink’ and ‘Woodfield Hybrids’

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Amsonia ‘Blue Star’
Rosa spinosissima
Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue Dwarf’
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ (but seems to have reverted to white!)
Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
Centaurea montana ‘Black Sprite’ (very cool cultivar!)
Syringas ‘Baildust’ and ‘Bailbelle’ are at peak
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
Rosa rugosas just starting to bloom
Allium ‘Purple Caila’
Spirea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ is in full splendor

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Chamaepericlymenum canadense

Woodland Garden:
Epimedium ‘Dancing Stars’
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ and ‘Square Dance’
Polygonatum odoratum var.
Anemone sylvestris
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Weihenstephan’ and ‘Valerie’s Song’
Geranium ‘Biokova,’ ‘Samobar’ and ‘Sue Crug’
Cypripedium Gisela
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’
Astrantia major ‘Star of Beauty’
Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’

Haney Hillside:
Gillenia trifoliata – Bowman’s Root
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Rhododendron atlanticum – Coast Azalea
Lupinus perennis – Wild Lupine
Iris versicolor – Northern Blue Flag Iris
Polygonatum biflorum – Small Solomon seal

Vayo Meditation Garden:
Iris gracilipes ‘Buko Form’
Iris gracilipes ‘Cobblewood Charm’
Ajuga reptans ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Enkianthus cernus forma rubens

Alfond Children’s Garden
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding Heart
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium – Lamb’s Tail
Lewisia ‘Little Plum’- Cliff Maids

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Rhodies in that distant yet stunning Garden are still full of bloom!
Cultivars showing off include (many new since last week):
‘Anna H. Hall’
‘Bali’
‘Cheer’
‘Chionides’
‘English Roseum’
‘Fantastica’
‘Henry’s Red ‘ (amazing color!!!)
‘Hong Kong’
‘Kalinka’
‘Klondyke’
‘Lee’s Dark Purple’
‘Trinidad’
‘Yaku White’

kiusianum
kiusianum ‘Alba’
‘Catawbiense Album’
‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
‘Purpureum Elegans’

Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’
Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’

Education Center:
Iris versicolor
Sorbus decora

Entrance Walk:
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus floridus
Fothergilla gardenii ‘Mt. Airy’

– Rodney Eason
Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

What’s in Bloom This Week

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

SM Giles Rhododendron Garden

Haney Hillside:
Corydalis lutea ‘Fumewort’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ , Siberian Bugloss
Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’, Doll’s eyes
Amsonia hubrichtii, Blue star amsonia

Vayo Meditation Garden:
Ajuga reptans ‘Alfredda’ , Chocolate chip bugleweed

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Ruellia humilis- wild petunia
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ catmint
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenberg’s Glorie’ swamp spurge
Iris cristata ‘Dick Redfield’ Dwarf Crested Iris
Rhododendrons ‘Lemon Dream’ and ‘Lem’s Form’

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Chamaepericlymenum canadense (Bunchberry)
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ (Summer Snowflake)
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Polygonatums (Solomon’s-seal)
Cypripedium Gisela (Lady’s Slipper)

Woodland Garden:
Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady’s Slipper)
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper)
Cypripedium Gisela (Lady’s Slipper)
Epimedium ‘Dancing Stars’ (Fairy Wings)
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ & ‘Jack Frost’ (Siberian Bugloss)
Polygonatum odoratum var. (Solomon’s-seal)
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Weihenstephan’ & ‘Valerie’s Song’ (Solomon’s-seal)
Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’ (Dead Nettle)
Geranium phaem ‘Samobor’ (Mourning Widow Cranesbill)
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ (Origami Series Columbine)
Chamaepericlymenum canadense (Bunchberry)
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ (Foamflower)

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’Paeoniia ostia
Baptisia x bicolor ‘Starlite’
Dictamnus albus
Paeonia ostii
Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’
Rheum palmatum var tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Hot-Cha-Cha!
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

Kitchen Garden & Environs:
Euphorbia epithymoides
Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’
Rhododendron ‘Lavender Princess’
Rhododendron ssp yakushimanum Berg Form
Syringa ‘Pierre Jolie’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
In near-peak bloom, 25+ cultivars blooming. Cultivars in bloom include:
‘Mardi Gras’
‘Cheer’
‘Party Pink’
‘Mary Kittel’
‘Lodestar’
‘Boule De Neige’
‘Calsap’ (Dan’s personal fav)
‘Scintillation’
‘Capistrano’
‘Ingrid Mehlquist’
‘Purple Gem’
‘Purpureum Elegans’
‘Blue Peter’
‘Tripoli’
‘Tow Head’
Hyacinthoides hispanica
Primula japonica

Education Center:
Iris cristata ‘Dick Redfield’
Geranium maculatum
Sorbus decora

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Viburnum carleisii –Korean Spice Viburnum
Sorbus alnifolia –Mountain Ash
Hellebores –Lenten Rose
Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’
Thymus ‘Pink Chinz’—Wild Thyme
Dodecatheon clevelandii –Shooting Star

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Cotinus coggygria ‘Ancot’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ have both just leafed out and are breathtaking
Rodgersia sambucifolia and Rodgersia ‘Die Schone’ are starting to flower across from Slater Forest Pond
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ is just starting
Syringa ‘Baildust’ and Syringa ‘Bailbelle’ are starting to flower behind the pergola
Geum rivals ‘Flames of Passion’ may be small, but is beautiful and definitely worth checking out, near the overlook!

Great Lawn:
Magnolia ‘Sunspire’ – gorgeous pale yellow blooms
Syringa x laciniata is just starting to flower
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ is in full glory
Camassias (no tag)
Canadian Lily-of-the-Valley flowering in the Founder’s Grove

Entrance Walk:
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Digitalis – “foxgloves”

Trowels at the ready!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

CLASSIC PLANTASTIC! Plant Sale: June 13-14

Ladies and gentlemen, grab your trowels and get ready to plant. Please join Dan Robarts, Sharmon Provan, the dedicated cadre of Plant Sale volunteers and myself, Diane Walden, for a great plant weekend. We’ve assembled a diverse group of seeds, annuals, perennials, natives, and exotics sure to intrigue both plant geeks and avid beginners alike. We’ll answer as many questions as you can throw at us and will happily gallop about the gardens to show off its wonders and point out mature specimens of various plant sale offerings. Help us grow an even better garden for you and all CMBG visitors! Trowels at the ready!

After surviving the winter of 2015, doesn’t your garden deserve a Costa Rican Butterfly Vine?

Plantastic! Dalechampia dioscoreifolia – Costa Rican Butterfly or Bowtie Vine

Plantastic! Dalechampia dioscoreifolia – Costa Rican Butterfly or Bowtie Vine

Too Gaudy? Several types of Peonies will be on sale; Why not add this classic bloomer to your garden?

Classic - Coral Charm Peony – Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’

Classic Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ – Coral Charm Peony. Unfortunately, we’ve heard that this particular peony will not be making it in time for the sale this weekend. There will be many other peonies available!

Not Gaudy enough? Remember the big weird spiky plants in the Lunaform containers in the Kitchen Garden in 2013? We’ve got them – Solanum quitoense, aka Naranjillo or Lulo Fruit. (Hannaford stocks the fruit!) There is also it’s kissing cousin – Solanum pyracanthum, ‘Porcupine Tomato’

Solanum pyracanthum, 'Porcupine Tomato'

Solanum pyracanthum – Porcupine Tomato

Too mundane? Voilá! Argyreia nervosa – Wooly Morning Glory, aka Hawaiian Woodrose or Silver Elephant Creeper. Or opt for the drama of Breadseed Poppies – also easy to grow and they’ll happily reseed themselves.

 Argyreia nervosa – 'Wooly Morning Glory' aka 'Hawaiian Woodrose' aka 'Silver Elephant Creeper'

Argyreia nervosa – Wooly Morning Glory, aka Hawaiian Woodrose or Silver Elephant Creeper

Vegetable gardeners: We’ve got you covered both plantasically and classically.

Cucumis meluiferus – Kiwano Fruit, aka African Horned Melon aka Jelly Melon

Cucumis meluiferus – Kiwano Fruit, aka African Horned Melon or Jelly Melon


Cucumis dipsaceus - Wooly Bear Gourd aka Hedgehog Gourd

Cucumis dipsaceus – Wooly Bear Gourd, aka Hedgehog Gourd

You’ll also have a choice of several Tomatoes – Plant a few ‘Black Vernissage Tomatoes’ for your locavore table.

Black Vernissage Tomatoes

Black Vernissage Tomatoes

Floral arrangers take note: we’ll be offering great cut flower candidates. Try the annual Dianthus ‘Green Ball,’ pictured below.

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

A great perennial to grow for BIG spectacular cuts is Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard. It boasts tiny white flowers on large arching stems which then ripen to form purplish fruits with long vase life.

Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard

Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard

Don’t forget the butterflies. There will be several types of Milkweed on hand; this one also makes a great cut.

Asclepias physocarpa aka Gomphocarpus physocarpa – Balloon Plant, aka Hairy Balls or Swan Plant

Asclepias physocarpa aka Gomphocarpus physocarpa – Balloon Plant, aka Hairy Balls or Swan Plant

We’ll also be offering CMBG collected seed packets for the first time:

  • CMBG Deepest Purple Morning Glory – Classic easy-to-grow, juicily-colored Morning Glory
  • Breadseed Poppy
  • Calendula Mix
  • ‘Spitfire’ Nasturtium
  • CMBG Culinary Mix – Dill with Red & Green Mustards

You get the picture! Now come on by and get the plants!
– Diane Walden, Staff Horticulturist

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Alfond Children’s Garden
Pyrus ‘Gourmet’
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenberg’s Glorie’
Lamprocampanos spectabilis
Amsonia rigida
Fritillaria spp.

Great Lawn:
Tulips: ‘Angelique,’ ‘La Belle Époque,’ ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Blue Heron,’ ‘Golden Appeldoorn,’ and the variegated is about to start.
Narcissus ‘Actaea’
Seasonal pansies

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Tulips: ‘Synaeda Blue,’ plus a deep purple, red, and red and yellow, all three lacking labels
Primulas
Dicentra
Fritillaria imperials ‘Maxima Lutea’
Euphorbia ‘First Blush’
Delphinum ‘Butterfly Blue’
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasabu’
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ flowering quince is starting to bloom on the right side of the pergola when looking from the great lawn. Beautiful red flowers
Euphorbia ‘First Blush’ Cushion Spurge yellow flowers look great with the yellow Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ behind it.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Rotfuchs’- Red Fox Katsura Tree -deep purple leaves

Lerner Garden of The Five Senses:
Helleborus –Lenten rose
Tulips
Caltha palustris –Marsh Marigold
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Darmera peltata –Umbrella plant
Glaucidium palmatum –Japanese Wood Poppy

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’
Dicentra exima ‘Alba’
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’
Magnolia ‘Pink Royalty’
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Narcissus ‘Manly’ and “Lemon Drops’
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’

Bosarge Family Education Center Gardens:
Carex pennsylvanica
Sanguinaria canadensis
Trillium cuneatum
Uvularia grandiflora
Trollius sp.
Cymophyllus fraserianus

Haney Hillside Garden:
Viburnam Iantanoides, Hobblebush
Pieris floribunda, Mountain Fetterbush
Magnolia, Yellow Lantern
Dicentra, Bleeding Heart
Mertensia Virginica, Virginia Bluebells

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’
Mix of Tulipa ‘Purple Prince’, ‘Passionale’, and ‘Synaeda Blue’
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’
Uvularia grandiflora
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Supergorgeous!
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’

Kitchen Garden & Environs:
Mix of Tulipa ‘Cretaceous’ and ‘El Nino’
Euphorbia epithymoides
Aurinia saxatilis

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Haney Hillside
daffodils and magnolia

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Corylopsis pauciflora
Corylopsis ‘Longwood Chimes’
Tulipa humilis, Muscari latifolium, Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’, and Iris reticulata are all blooming together next to the greenhouse – beautiful combination!
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Jeffersonia diphylla
Brunnera (no label)
Erythronium albidum

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Chinadoxa – Glory of the snow
Primula denticulata – Primrose
Helleborus – Lenten rose
Hyacinth
Jeffersonia dubia – Twin Leaf
Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchmen’s Breeches

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Galanthus nivalis ‘Fore Pleno’ (finishing up)
Many Narcissus including x incomp. ‘Faith’
Numberous Helleborus including:
croaticus
purpurescens
torquatus
orientalis ‘Pink Lady’
x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’
x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’

‘Best Pink Doubles’
Muscari armeniacum
Omophalodes verna
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’
Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’

Kitchen Garden:
Fritillaria meleagris
Asparagas and peas actively growing
Tulips budded

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Magnolia x loebneri
Rheum tanguticum
Purplish-black foliage of Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’
Heavily furred fronds of Osmunda claytonia

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’
Pulsatilla vulgaris (no cultivar, classic purple)
Narcissus ‘Delibes’
Muscari latifolium
Fritillaria michailovski

Great Lawn:
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ (Ornamental Rhubarb)
Dicentra

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Entry Walk:
Witchhazels and heathers

Visitor Center West Portico:
Containers with Forsythia and pansies

Lerner Garden of the 5 Senses and Slater Forest Pond:
Eranthis hyemalis –Winter aconite
Chinadoxa –Glory of the snow
Primula denticulate –Primrose
Helleborus –Lenten rose

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Pulsatilla vulgaris
Sanguinaria canadensis
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory of the Snow (heading towards Slater Forest Pond)
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia (in front of pergola)
Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pink Beauty’ (behind pergola)

Great Lawn Beds:
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ – beautiful foliage
Hammamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’ (right against portico of VC) VERY fragrant!
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry (Founder’s Grove) – not flowering yet, but buds are subtle yet beautiful, a fat pink.

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Helleborus ‘Candy Love’, ‘Double Metallic Lady’, ‘Blue Metallic Lady’
Sanguinaria canadensis- Bloodroot (Pink Form)
Corylopsis pauciflora- Buttercup Winter Hazel
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’- Fragrant Winter Hazel
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’- Lungwort
Iris reticulata- Netted iris
Scilla siberica- Siberian Squill
Muscari spp.
Tulipia humilis- Red Crocus Tulip

Kitchen Garden:
5 different types of peas
three types of onions
King Richard Leeks sown
5 types of garlic up and growing strong including a favorite: Transylvania.

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Fuzzy buds of Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’ about to burst forth with creamy white petals.
Paeonia ostii foliage is unfurling; fortuitous sign of strength after this brutal winter.
My all-time favorite plant, Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ is virtually exploding from the earth. You can watch this plant grow! Gorgeous red leaves unfurl before your eyes.

Vayo Meditation Garden :
Mukdenia rossi “Karasabu” are just breaking ground.
Helleborus, Heronswood Double Dark Lenton Rose & Helleborus, Heronswood Pink.

Haney Hillside Garden:
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ Trumpet Daffodil
Scilla siberica Siberian Squill.

It’s a great time to be a Plant Geek! Hellebore lovers come see our abundant collection of these blooming beauties… laced all throughout the gardens.