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What’s in Bloom – May 19, 2017

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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’