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What’s in Bloom – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Staff Picks

This week I want to give a shout out to a lovely woodland specimen. While all our tulips are popping, don’t let them distract you from other more subtle blooms! Japanese Wood Poppy (Glaucidium palmatum) grows quietly under the larches in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. A delicate pale purple, these rare plants take years to get to maturity. Be sure to stop and admire them! – Syretha, horticulturist

The tulips are blooming! Find this lovely combo of Triumph Tulip ‘Negrita’ and Tulipa viridiflora ‘Spring Green’ on the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna L., horticulturist

Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ (Himalayan Mayapple) is beautiful in the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasabu’ (Crimson Fans Mudenia) is native to rocky slopes and ravines in China, Manchuria and Korea. It has very pretty small white flowers! Find it in the Vayo Meditation Garden. – Sarah S., horticulturist

Caltha pulustris (marsh marigold) is blooming all around the ponds in the Lerner Garden and Slater Forest Pond. – Will, horticulturist

Primula kisoana (Japanese primrose) adds a wonderful pop of color to the shady garden bed that its growing in in the Children’s Garden. It gives the area a whimsical appearance and atmosphere, and I love how beautiful flowers and foliage are spread like a ground cover and contrast the tall bushes around them. – Siubhan, horticulture intern

Cretaceous Tulips in the Tulip Trial Beds in the Children’s Garden are really spectacular. – Jen, horticulturist

The burgundy cones on the Algerian Firs (Abies numidica) took me by surprise as I walked into the Alfond Children’s Garden today! – Anna L., horticulturist

Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush) offers a wonderful splash of white which catches the eye as you walk down the Haney Hillside. – Sarah S., horticulturist

What’s in Bloom

Birch Allee
Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose

Harold and Bibby Alfond Children’s Garden
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – Fern-leaf Full Moon Maple
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ – Fragrant Winter Hazel
Corylopsis pauciflora – Buttercup Winter Hazel
Delphinium exaltatum – Tall Larkspur; American Bee Larkspur
Enkianthus perulatus – White Enkianthus
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Trout Lily
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Birgit’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus foetidus – Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus Anna’s Red ‘ABCRD02’ – Frostkiss Series Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus Penny’s Pink ‘ABCRD01’ – Frostkiss Series Penny’s Pink Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x nigercors ‘Candy Love’ – Winter Magic Series Lenten Rose
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Woodstock’ – Hyacinth
Ilex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ – Winterberry
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding-heart
Larix decidua ‘Horstmann Recurved’ – Contorted European Larch
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Falconet’ Tazetta Group – Tazetta Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Replete’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Paxistima canbyi – Rat-stripper
Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ – Himalayan Mayapple
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Sibbaldiopsis tridentata – Three-toothed Cinquefoil
Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’

Bosarge Education Center
Acer pensylvanicum ‘BAN Select’ – Striped Maple
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ – Apple Serviceberry
Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger
Betula nigra Heritage ‘Cully’ – Heritage River Birch
Carex pensylvanica – Pennsylvania Sedge
Carpinus caroliniana ssp. Virginiana – American Hornbeam
Comptonia peregrine – Sweetfern
Sanguinaria Canadensis – Bloodroot

Entry Walk
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ – Scotch Heath
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ – Witch Hazel
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ – Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Falconet’ Tazetta Group – Tazetta Daffodil
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

The Cleaver Event Lawn
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Slater Forest Pond
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Giant’ – Glory-of-the-snow
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Narcissus ‘Golden Harvest’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – Double Group Double Daffodil

Founder’s Grove
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Great Lawn
Narcissus Perennializing Premium Mix – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica – Striped Squill
Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ – European Hornbeam
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ Cocktail Series – Cocktail Series Avens
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary

Haney Hillside Garden
Amelanchier laevis – Allegheny Serviceberry
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Carex appalachica – Appalachian Sedge
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Paxistima canbyi – Rat-stripper
Sambucus racemosa ssp. Pubens – American Red Elder
Hamamelis virginiana – Common Witch Hazel
Viburnum lantanoides – Hobblebush

The Vayo Meditation Garden
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Pseudo-Larchmont’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Creamsickle’
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Double Dark Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Helleborus x nigercors Helleborus Gold Collection Group HGC Ice Breaker Prelude ‘COSEH 830’ – Lenten Rose
Mukdenia rossii Crimson Fans ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia

The Giles Rhododendron Garden
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dryopteris dilatata ‘Jimmy Dyce’ – Upright Broad Buckler Fern
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Helleborus niger ‘Double Fantasy’ – Christmas Rose
Helleborus odorus – Hellebore
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus purpurascens Romanian Form – Hellebore (Romanian Form)
Helleborus torquatus x H. x hybridus – Hybrid
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus Seedlings Best Pink Doubles – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ Red Clone Form – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Pink Royalty’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ – Star Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – Dr. Merrill’s Magnolia
Muscari armeniacum – Armenian Grape Hyacinth
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus cyclamineus ‘Tete a Tete’ Miscellaneous Group – Cyclamen-flower Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Barrett Browning’ Small-cupped Group – Small-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Mount Hood’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Replete’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ Split-cupped Collar Group – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus x incomparabilis ‘Faith’ Large-cupped Group – Nonesuch Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Prunus ‘Okame’ – Okame Cherry
Rhododendron ‘April Gem’
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’
Rhododendron balfourianum
Rhododendron ‘Balta’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Cinquero’
Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’
Rhododendron dauricum ‘Album’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’
Rhododendron ‘Northern Starburst’
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’
Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense – Yodogawa Azalea
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’ – Japanese Spiraea
Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) ‘Lilac Wonder’ Species Group – Tulip

The Arbor Garden
Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Spire’ – Red Maple
Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ – Windflower; Grecian Windflower; Balkan Anemone; Winter Windflower; Lily-of-the-field; Sapphire Windflower
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Bergenia cordifolia Winter Glow ‘Winterglut’ – Winter Glow Heart-leaved Bergenia; Elephant-ears; Piqsqueak
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Euphorbia epithymoides ‘First Blush’ – Cushion Spurge
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Hyacinthus – Crave the Waves Hyancinth Mix
Hypericum cerastoides – Alpine St. John’s Wort
Mukdenia rossii Crimson Fans ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia
Narcissus – Holland Mixture Daffodils
Narcissus ‘Delibes’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Spiraea thunbergii Mellow Yellow ‘Ogon’ – Mellow Yellow Spiraea

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Acer tataricum Hot Wings ‘GarAnn’ – Hot Wings Tatarian Maple
Acer triflorum – Three-flower Maple
Cardamine pentaphylla – Showy Toothwort
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory-of-the-snow
Convallaria majalis ‘Cream da Mint’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchman’s-breeches
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. Insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Eranthis hyemalis Cilicia Group (Cilicia Group) – Winter-aconite
Eubotrys racemose – Swamp Sweetbells
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese Wood Poppy
Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana ‘Mohonk Red’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Iris ensata ‘Sessyu’ – Ancient Painter Japanese Iris
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Jeffersonia dubia – Twin-leaf
Larix decidua – European Larch
Lysichiton camtschatcensis – Asian Skunk Cabbage
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry

The Kitchen Garden Terrace
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Katsura Tree
Corylopsis spicata – Spike Winter Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ – Witch Hazel
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’ – Apple
Malus ‘Prairiefire’ – Flowering Crabapple
Narcissus [Rotterdam Mixture] – Rotterdam Mixture Daffodils
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Prunus ‘Snow Fountains’ – Weeping Cherry
Prunus ‘Toka’ – Plum
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pyrus ‘Bartlett’ – Pear
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ – French Lilac

Woodland Garden
Epimedium franchetii
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Sirius’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Spring Wedding’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangek÷nigin’ – Orange Queen Bishop’s-cap
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aurora’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Bernstein’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Feuerzauber’ – Magic Fire Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Limelight’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Honeymoon Series – Honeymoon Series Lenten Rose (Mixed)
Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’

What’s in Bloom – October 6, 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Staff Picks

In the Great Lawn East and Ledge beds Muhlenbergia ‘Muhlarbor’ (also known as Muhly Grass) is at its peak. The ethereal seed heads almost make one want to crawl into the bed and curl upon on its softness! – Syretha, horticulturist

Verbena bonariensis illuminated in the fall garden! These volunteers seeded themselves around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Vibrant Dome’ New England Aster: This beauty has a purple flower that when the sun hits it just right, it looks light blue which adds great color to the fall landscape! – Sarah, public horticulture intern

Shout out this week to the fabulous Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Fox Trot’ along the outer edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn – the seed heads are very reminiscent of fox tails, hence the cultivar name. – Syretha, horticulturist

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Chilly Winds’ (New England Aster) is blooming near the bridge in the Lerner Garden. – Will, horticulturist

The gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) in the Children’s Garden provides gorgeous late season color with this vibrant shade of blue. – Tory, marketing content coordinator

It’s that time of the year for grasses! Along the outer border of the Perennial and Rose Garden it’s hard to miss the very statuesque Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland,’ a variegated Japanese Silver Grass that easily grows over 10 feet (including seed heads). This time of year the heads have fully opened and turned a wonderful silver-red. Plus this grass is a wonderful winter interest plant that, if left standing, can add structure to a garden all the way until spring. – Syretha, horticulturist

What’s in Bloom – Sept. 16, 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Staff Picks

Orostachys iwarenge, better known as Dunce Caps, is beginning to bloom on the Rainbow Terrace in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

In the Great Lawn North Bed (closest to the Burpee Kitchen Garden), be sure to walk on the lawn to check out a new addition to our permanent collection, Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks,’ a hardy perennial mum. It boasts a plethora of flowers and funky, spoon-like petals. A very fun cultivar indeed! – Syretha, horticulturist

Check out the Cardoons (Cynara cardunculus), reaching over 5’ tall and just beginning to bloom at the edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn. This relative of the globe artichoke has edible leave stalks versus meaty flower heads. – Anna, horticulturist

In both the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and its neighbor Slater Forest Pond, the Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia) is looking beautiful! One of our Rare and Extraordinary Plants this year, it has not been found growing wild in the state for many years. Considered critically imperiled in much of New England, it couldn’t be happier here at CMBG! Come see this beauty for yourself! – Syretha, horticulturist

Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (Turtlehead) is one of my favorite late season flowering plants. With a name like ‘Hot Lips’, what’s not to love? Check it out in the Slater Forest Pond Garden. – Will, horticulturist

The Showy Mountain Ash (Sorbus decora) is a native to Maine that produces berries, which change to a red-orange color as fall begins. Located by the Bosarge Family Education Center. – Sarah, public horticulture intern

In the Great Lawn Ledge Bed, be sure to check out the Butterfly Bushes in full bloom! Beloved by honey bees as well as butterflies, these plants make a great late summer bloom addition to any sun garden. Here you see Buddleja davidii ‘Attraction’ on the left and Buddleja davidii ‘Potter’s Purple’ on the right. – Syretha, horticulturist

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 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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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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