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What’s in Bloom – August 14, 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

'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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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

rainbow terrace
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


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