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What’s in Bloom – September 2, 2016

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks

Euphorbia marginata 'Mt. Snow'
This is the lovely Euphorbia marginata ‘Mt. Snow.’ We grew this attractive annual from seed this year that was purchased through Johnny’s Selected Seed of Maine. The pure white variegation is a wonderful accent in the garden and it makes a long-lasting cut flower. Find it growing around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'
One can’t do a plant pick right now without mentioning the spectacular Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ Yes, it is perennial! No, it does not need to be dug up and stored over the winter! And yes, it dies fully back to the ground every winter! A true visual marvel indeed, right out through the Visitor Center doors on the Great Lawn. – Syretha, horticulturist

double click cosmo
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Cranberry’ is gorgeous in the Burpee Kitchen Garden. – Diane, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – August 14, 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Staff Picks

scabiosa
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

'Notwoodthree' rose of sharon
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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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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Rare Plants at the Gardens

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a class about plants that are rare in the wild here in Maine, yet are easily accessible for study in the cultivated collection here in our Gardens. One of the wonderful things about working and teaching at a botanical garden is that plants of disparate habitats and ranges are brought together so they can be studied, observed, and compared to other plants more easily. This, in fact, was one of the original reasons early botanical gardens were established.
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What’s in Bloom – July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Staff Picks

Ammi majus 'Dara' DSC_7659
What surprised me most of all and is totally cool – the purple tinted Daucus carota ‘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

Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' DSC_7181
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

sm bachelors buttons
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

Lupinus 'My Castle' 640x480
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

Clematis 'Rooguchi' 640x480
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

Tithonia 640x480
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

bees on milkweed IMG_5880
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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