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What’s in Bloom – May 14, 2019

A note from Andy Brand, curator of living collections: Tulips are starting to open and should be looking good if we get some warm weather this week. Narcissus (daffodils) are adding their bright, colorful blooms throughout the Gardens. Hellebores are still putting on a show. Additional bulbs such as Hyacinthus, Muscari, and Chionodoxa are also painting the ground with shades of pink, blue, yellow, and white. Be sure to check out the soft yellow flowers of Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ in the Alfond Children’s Garden; they smell really yummy! And many small leaved rhododendrons are in bloom in the Giles Rhododendron and Perennial Garden.

Entrance Walk:
Epimedium x rubrum – barrenwort
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ – hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – daffodil
Saruma henryi – upright wild ginger

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Caltha palustris – marsh marigold
Chionodoxa luciliae – glory-of-the-snow
Dicentra cucullaria (pink form) – dutchman’s breeches
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – barrenwort
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese wood poppy
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – hellebore
Jeffersonia dubia – twin-leaf
Mertensia virginica – Virginia bluebells
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – daffodil
Pieris floribunda – mountain fetterbush
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – lungwort

Slater Forest Pond:
Caltha palustris – marsh marigold
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Wedgewood Blue’, ‘Blue Giant’ – glory-of-the-snow
Helleborus Brandywine – Lenten rose
Narcissus ‘Golden Harvest’ – daffodil

Founders’ Grove:
Muscari latifolium – two-toned grape hyacinth

Woodland Garden:
Chionodoxa luciliae – glory-of-the-snow
Helleborus Honeymoon® Series (Mixed) – Lenten rose
Jeffersonia diphylla – twinleaf
Mertensia virginica – Virginia bluebells

Cleaver Lawn and Gardens:
Jeffersonia diphylla (bud) – twinleaf
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’ – magnolia
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ – jonquilla daffodil

Great Lawn and Ledge Gardens:
Hyancithus orientalis ‘Woodstock’ – hyacinth
Narcissus Perennializing Mix – daffodil

Bosarge Family Education Center Gardens:
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Cole’s Select’ – shadbush
Asarum canadensis – wild ginger
Sanguinaria canadensis – bloodroot
Uvularia grandiflora – bellwort

Harold & Bibby Alfond Children’s Garden:
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ – fragrant winter hazel
Epimedium x rubrum, brachyrrhizum, stellatum – barrenwort
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – trout lily
Jeffersonia diphylla – twinleaf
Helleborus foetidus – stinking hellebore
Helleborus niger ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten rose
Helleborus ‘Spanish Flare’ Honeymoon® Series – Lenten rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’, ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – bleeding heart
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ – magnolia
Muscari latifolium – grape hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’, ‘Replete’ – daffodil
Primula kisoana – primrose
Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’, ‘Pink Form’ – double bloodroot

Haney Hillside Garden:
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – bleeding heart
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ – magnolia
Pieris floribunda – mountain fetterbush
Narcissus ‘W. P. Milner’ – trumpet daffodil
Scilla siberica – Siberian squill

Vayo Meditation Garden:
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Creamsickle’ – barrenwort
Helleborus ‘Heronswood Double Pink’ and ‘Double Darks’, ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belle Double Darks’ – Lenten rose
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ – crimson fans mukdenia
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belle Double Darks’ – hellebore
Sanguinaria canadensis – bloodroot

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Euphorbia epithymoides – cushion spurge
Prunus ‘Snow Fountains’ – weeping cherry (white)

Arbor Garden:
Anemone blanda ‘Blue shades’ – windflower
Aurina saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – basket-o-gold alyssum
Geum triflorum – old man’s whiskers
Helleborus foetidus – stinking hellebore
Hyacinthus ‘Crave the Wave’ – hyacinth
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasabu’ – mukdenia (in bud)
Narcissus ‘Delibes’, ‘Holland Mixture’, ‘Thalia’ – daffodil
Muscari latifolium – grape hyacinth
Sanguinaria canadensis – bloodroot

Giles Rhododendron and Perennial Garden:
Anemone nemerosa ‘Vestal’ – wood anemone
Caltha palustris ‘Multiplex’ – double flowering marsh marigold
Epimedium x rubrum; ‘Spring Wedding’, koreanum ‘Harold Epstein’ – barrenwort
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Goldfinch’, (seedlings best pink doubles), ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ – Lenten rose
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ – star magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – magnolia
Muscari latifolium – grape hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Betty Browning’, ‘Ice Follies’, ‘King Alfred’, ‘Pink Charm’, ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – daffodil
Omphalodes verna – creeping forget-me-not

Large leaved rhododendron in flower include: balfourianum, “Fantastica’
Small leaved rhododendron in flower include: ‘April Gem’, ‘April Rose’, April Snow, dauricum ‘Album’, ‘Mary Fleming’, mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’, ‘PJM’, ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’