This Week at the Gardens: May 20th

This Week at the Gardens: May 20th

May 20, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
This Week at the Gardens: May 13th

This Week at the Gardens: May 13th

May 13, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Lunaria annua is a pretty little reseeding annual, also known as money plant, for its coin-shaped seed pods. Find its magenta flowers sprinkled throughout the Perennial Walk. Right next to this tree, you can see and smell a marvelous daphne (Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’. This Plant Select...Read more
Secret treasures at the Gardens

Secret treasures at the Gardens

May 9, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
This is peak season for the giant troughs in Wildflower Treasures. You can get a wonderful preview of the alpine summer this time of year in these gardens. I especially enjoy watching how plants growing in the troughs seem to practically climb out and have spread around the troughs on the ground...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: April 29th

This Week at the Gardens: April 29th

April 29, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
One of my favorite early perennials is the Prairie Smoke Geum, which doesn’t look a lot like its more familiar, later-blooming, Geum relatives. You can see a nice example in the Perennial Walk. Amidst all the crabs, plums, apples, and cherries that have been blooming over the past couple weeks,...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: April 22nd

This Week at the Gardens: April 22nd

April 22, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Speaking of peonies, the earliest are starting to open. In PlantAsia, the Paeonia tenuifolia is always a favorite, with bright red flowers on ferny leaves. Catch an eyeful of Euphorbia polychroma ‘Candy’ at the east end of the Water-Smart Garden. Or spend time admiring the bright green new leaves...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: April 15th

The Weekly Bloom: April 15th

April 15, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Blossoms, Galore Plum, cherry, crabapple, almond, lilac, Korean spice viburnum, redbud, quince just to name a few. Bulbs by the Bajillions Hyacinth, daffodil, tulip, checkerbloom, and the stunning Fritillaria persica. You’ll see bulbs everywhere you turn. Gardens Not to Miss: Pretty much all of...Read more
This Week in the Gardens: April 8th

This Week in the Gardens: April 8th

April 8, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Vistas of daffodils in the Lilac Garden, mobs of red tulips in the steppe area of PlantAsia, blossoms just beginning on crabapples and plums. Stop by the Cactus and Succulent House where huge blossoms are appearing this week—and quickly disappearing—on the largest cacti.Read more
This Week at the Gardens: March 25th

This Week at the Gardens: March 25th

March 25, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Planted with species more often seen in gardens in the Eastern US and Europe, this garden will make you nostalgic for places you may have left behind. A huge oak adds shade and character, while spring bulbs always seem to bloom here first. Among the glories of the Waring Garden are several magnolia...Read more
Minor triumphs: Muscari azureum season

Minor triumphs: Muscari azureum season

March 12, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Muscari azureum It is prolific, but please don't summon the invasive police! In this case, one can never seem to have enough of this good thing. It sprinkles my borders, my rock garden, it seems to pop up somewhere new every year. Of course, I have been known to gather its seeds in May and scatter...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: March 11th

This Week at the Gardens: March 11th

March 11, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Head down to the Gates Montane Garden. With the water features turned off for their annual spring cleaning, the birdsong is the main sound you hear, and they are busy just now! Find a bench by the pond, where you can watch them bathe and find food. See how many you can identify. Let’s see: he and...Read more

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