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What’s in Bloom – August 14, 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Staff Picks

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Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’ is one of the prettiest, juiciest of deep purples flowers – perfect for cut flower arrangements. CMBG seeds are available for sale at the front desk. – Diane, horticulturist

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So happy for this little bit of the rain, the luscious, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodthree’ and I are soaking it all up! The bees don’t seem phased at all and these overcast skies are great for taking pictures in the garden. Check out this gorgeous Rose of Sharon in the Alfond Childrn’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

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Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is blooming profusely in the Giles Rhododendron Garden. See it in person on the top tier, and still see the waterfall below! – Dan, horticulturist

Allium ‘Millenium’
The pink globes of Allium ‘Millenium’ (Ornamental Onion) on the Cleaver Event Lawn have caught the attention of our honeybees! I’m not sure I would’ve noticed the camouflaged bees had I not heard the buzz- can you find them all in the photo? – Anna, horticulturist

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Silphium albiflorum (White Rosinweed) is in bloom this week. A Texas native, it is a little rare and unusual in this neck of the woods. – Will, horticulturist

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Nearby in the Giles Rhododendron Garden, Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’ is in full bloom. A nice splash of later season color! – Dan, horticulturist

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Have to share a picture of this knockout combo on the Rainbow Terrace. Green Ball Dianthus, Crambe maritima, and Gomphrena ‘Bicolor Rose’ with the decorative seed heads of Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ peaking through the foreground. I’m in love! – Jen, horticulturist

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A brand new plant is blooming in the Perennial and Rose Garden! Eucomis ‘Oakhurst,’ the very aptly commonly called Pineapple Lily, has a wonderfully interesting flower stalk. This plant is supposedly marginally hardy, so fingers crossed this is its first year of many! – Syretha, horticulturist

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Nasturtium majus ‘Spitfire’ is ‘abooming and ‘ablooming out of the pots in the kitchen garden; covered with blooms. We sell CMBG seeds of these, too! – Diane, horticulturist

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While it’s easy to focus on the colorful flowers, be sure to stop and see the more subtle plants and flowers, such as this Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Stricta’) in the Great Lawn Ledge Bed. Looks especially great with the Black-Eyed Susan growing amongst it! – Syretha, horticulturist

What’s in Bloom – August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Staff Picks

Hosta 'Whirlwind'
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ and other cultivars are in bloom now in the Rhododendron Garden. While generally considered foliage plants, delicate lavender and/or white flowers crown these stalwart, leafy mounds. – Dan, horticulturist

Malope trifida
There are so many great plants blooming in the gardens this time of year that it’s hard to choose only one. Since I must, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful and unusual Malope trifida with its edible blossoms. Such a gorgeous shade of magenta! Find it in the Cottage Garden section of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Staff Picks

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What surprised me most of all and is totally cool – the purple tinted Ammi majus ‘Dara’ that is growing in the Great Lawn bed, facing the café windows. Really unusual. – Courtney, campaign coordinator

Verateum nigrum false hellebore
A very special rarity has started blooming in the Perennial and Rose Garden Bed leading to the Children’s Garden. Be sure to walk the terrace loop rather than cutting down the stairs to the whales to catch this beauty. Verateum nigrum, Black False Hellebore. An unusual beauty indeed! – Syretha, horticulturist

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The Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ on the Great Lawn by the rocks are such a deep, beautiful color. – Emily, philanthropy assistant
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What’s in Bloom – July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Staff Picks

Digitalis ferruginea rusty foxglove
One of my favorite foxgloves is Digitalis ferruginea, the rusty foxglove. The idea of rust does not do this plant justice as the peachy, creamy color is divine! Perfect for a vertical element and attractive to pollinators this plant is an excellent choice for your garden. Watch as bumble bees and hummingbirds vie for a chance to collect nectar from the tubular blossoms in the Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

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Bachelors buttons (Centaurea cyanus) are such soft and sweetly wild little flowers! I caught these ones on a cloudy rainy day and they just looked so friendly, nodding their heads into the pathway in the Lerner Garden to greet me! – Jo, guest services & front desk coordinator
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What’s in Bloom – July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Staff Picks

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Looking beautiful in the Great Lawn Ledge Bed at the moment is a new addition to CMBG – Lupinus ‘My Castle,’ a lovely pinkish red perennial lupine. Here’s hoping it seeds in everywhere! – Syretha, horticulturist

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The loveliest little clematis is the Clematis ‘Rooguchi.’ With its dainty, dark purple, bell-shaped flowers and long season of bloom, you will find it pairs well with the deep yellows and oranges of Rudbeckia and Helenium. Left to ramble at its own free will or trained on a trellis, you won’t be disappointed with this wonderful member of the family Ranunculaceae. Find it on your journey through the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

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I love this Tithonia diversifolia in the Children’s Garden because it stands out in the garden with its bright color and pollinators love it, especially the monarchs. When fully mature, it will stand 5-6 ft. tall. – Erika, Youth and Family Coordinator
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What’s in Bloom – July 7, 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Staff Picks

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' lavender
Lavender is one of my all-time favorite aromatic herbs. This planting of ‘Hidcote’ (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’) in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden is stunning as the flowers begin to open. In fact, the best time to collect lavender flowers is just before they open. Stash a bundle under your pillow or steep in the tub for a nice calming and relaxing effect. – Jen, horticulturist

Papaver somneriferum 'Black Peony'
In the Great Lawn East Bed (closest to the Lerner Garden entrance arch), be sure to check out the stunning Papaver somneriferum ‘Black Peony,’ an opium poppy cultivar. While the plants themselves are annual, opium poppies self seed readily, and the seeds are easily saved for sowing in the spring. This variety is supposed to be a double, but has proven to be a lovely mix or double and single flowers! – Syretha, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – June 30, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Staff Picks

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Don’t miss the different varieties of milkweed blooming out front of the Bosarge Family Education Center – it’s crawling with happy pollinators, like these honey bees! – Erin, CFO (and Master Beekeeper)

Thick Stemmed Wood Fern
This Dryopteris crassirhizoma (Thick-stemmed Wood Fern) is very cool and ancient looking in the Lerner Garden. It’s interesting to think that some form of fern existed in the Cretaceous Period some 360 million years ago, even if it wasn’t this variety. – Tina, IT coordinator
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What’s in Bloom June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Staff Picks

Clematis ochroleuca 'Curlyheads'
I love the gold seed heads on Clematis ochroleuca ‘Curlyheads’ in the Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist

Cistus 'Bicolor Pink' small flowered rock rose
I’m so excited about this little gem of a plant, Cistus ‘Bicolor Pink!’ It is in full bloom, tucked carefully away in the Overlook section of the Rose and Perennial Garden. I added these Mediterranean natives to our collection in 2014 and am enamored with the fact that they over wintered! Check them out because they may not be here forever. – Jen, horticulturist

Monarda bradburiana
This beautiful bee balm (Monarda bradburiana) is low maintenance and uniquely beautiful, making it my personal favorite. Its leaves can be made into tea, and it also attracts many pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Found around the Burpee Kitchen Garden Terrace. – Sarah, social media marketing intern
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Milkweed for Monarchs

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

It is incredibly important to grow enough milkweed to support and grow monarch populations. Milkweed comes in many varieties, and is the only food source for monarch caterpillars. Not only are the leaves essential for monarch caterpillar growth, but the flowers help nourish the adult butterflies as well. The amount of wild milkweed has declined in past years, and horticulturists and home gardeners alike have been working to restore it. This past year, there were less than 275,000 monarchs overwintering in Mexico, and that number was even further reduced by a late winter storm. By comparison, the most recent peak year of 1997 had over 1.2 million monarchs overwintering in the Mexican forest. Increasingly, researchers are finding: no milkweed, no monarchs.

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The native species of milkweed in the Northeast that we are propagating here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), orange milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Horticulturist and propagator Dan Robarts is growing large amounts of these three varieties, in addition to experimenting with some small numbers of other beautiful – if not native – varieties.
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What’s in Bloom – June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks

Allium
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ is a sensation in the Kitchen Garden! – Diane, horticulturist

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The Rheum ‘Ace of Hearts’ (ornamental rhubarb) is looking quite fine in the Lerner Garden. There are several other species and cultivars throughout the gardens that will be in bloom as well. – Will, horticulturist
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