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This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

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This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

A quick, (almost) foolproof guide to water blooms: if the leaves lie flat on the water and the flowers also rest on the water, you are looking at a hardy waterlily. These plants can survive a cold winter under the ice. And while you will find numerous blue tropicals, hardy waterlilies don’t produce a blue flower. Gardens Not to Miss: Visit the Plains Garden in the morning or evening to see the wildflowers...

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This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

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This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

This Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) often appears in white, but in the Birds and Bees Garden, you’ll find it in the palest of purples. Why Obedient? If you bend a stem, in theory it will stay where you put it. Hopley’s Oregano (Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s’) is a flowering decorative oregano. Find a good example in the Perennial Walkway. Mojave Sage (Salvia pachyphylla) is another decorative herb that offers a lovely purple...

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This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

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This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

Fun With Plants! If you are on the southern side of the Gardens, along the main path at Woodland Mosaic, you will see the delicate, shade-loving Balfour’s impatiens (Impatiens balfourii). Find one of its tiny cigar-shaped seed pods, fat and a little yellowed, and touch it or gently squeeze it between your fingers. I’m afraid I scared a three-year-old out of her socks with this trick, but older kids and adults...

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This week in the Gardens: August 5th

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This week in the Gardens: August 5th

Another red that is borderline hardy here, but worth the effort, is Monardella macrantha. This little firecracker has been blooming since early summer in Yuccarama as well as the Rock Alpine Garden. This Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is growing in the Mordecai Children’s Garden and on the Birds and Bees Walk. Directly north of the Monet Pond, you’ll find the crazy-looking giant Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) with its deep red leaves...

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