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The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

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The Weekly Bloom: November 4th

Waves of color can be seen everywhere: golden grasses next to fiery barberries (Berberis) in front of orange or yellow trees, beside deep green pines--there is a picture around every corner!

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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

Crocus pulchellus in Rock Alpine GardenCrocus speciosus This is the wonderful patch of Crocus pulchellus (with one Crocus speciosus interloper!) across from the Succulent House in the Rock Alpine Garden.

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Blazing star anomaly

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Blazing star anomaly

Plains Garden, October 10, 2010 Each of the dozens of gardens right now glistens and glimmers with that late season bounty that suggests to many of us that this is indeed the loveliest of seasons. As the conflagration of autumn leaves joins the last blazing flowers of the year, the Rembrandtian colors of late autumn truly out paint the Giotto tints of spring. "Remembrance, like Rembrandt, is dark but...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of October 9th

• A Little Summer: I’ve been finding some sweet little color combinations lately, like this decorative oregano alongside hardy geraniums. Spot this in the Romantic Garden just outside the Herb Garden. Also check out the masses of Salvia azurea growing in the Cottonwood Border—not to be missed! • A Little Fall: Buckeye and sumac are starting to change color, with other signs of autumn not far behind. The buckeye trees (Aesculus glabra), with...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 25th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 25th

• Bits: Colchicum—Autumn Crocuses—are pushing up in a number of places, most notably Shady Lane and the Perennial Walk. They are big and beautiful, especially in combination with other flowers. • Pieces: Verbena bonariensis has been in bloom for awhile now, but in masses, it really shows off. See it out front in our street display, and elsewhere such as the Rose Garden.

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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part II

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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part II

Collectors Series ‘Helvola’…the Grandest Little Waterlily on the Planet - On the way to the Monet Pool stop at the popular Zen Doorway pool for a special treat. In the foreground find the diminutive charming smallest hardy water of all, Nymphaea ‘Helvola’. The petite canary-yellow flowers are charming, exquisite and precious, measuring a mere 2 ½ inches across. On warm days flowering commences at 11:30 A.M. The best part: the luscious, horseshoe-shaped mottled leaves.

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 18th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 18th

• Berries: Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) has the earliest blooms of just about any tree in the Gardens, usually appearing in March or even February. Its small but welcome yellow flowers become deep red berries; find them in the Romantic Garden. Toward the west end of this garden, you can also find several viburnums with showy berries, Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry) and Viburnum x bodnantense (Arrowwood.) • Berries: The Birds and Bees Garden has...

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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

The Gardens, including the water gardens, are fabulous if not spectacular in September. Victoria…grandest waterlily of all! Whereas the hardy waterlilies are slowing down a bit in September (many have been flowering since late May), the tropical waterlilies including the Giant Water Platter are coming into their own. On warm sunny days they will delight all with their handsome leaves and eye-popping colorful flowers. Visitors are astonished by one of the most amazing of...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 4th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 4th

• Bromeliads: Look for the beautiful Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’ and Aechmea ‘Maginali’. Their cups hold water for the plant, and their gorgeous flowers attract pollinators. • Rocks, Mist, and Water: The space itself will delight you as you wander among several waterfalls, through caves, or up to the overlook balcony. Enter through the Conservatory or the outdoor entrance from the south, and enjoy the misty light-filled space. Favorite lunch spot this week: Find a...

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