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What's In Bloom

In April, if hard frosts do not affect them, the blooms of magnolias, Loebner, Magnolia x loebneri, star, M. stellata, kobus, M. kobus, anise, M. salicifolia, Kew, M. x kewensis, Fujian, M. cylindrica, saucer, M. soulangeana, and a number of hybrids involving our native cucumbertree, Magnolia acuminata, are to be enjoyed throughout the gardens and in the Magnolia Collection.

 

Magnolia x loebneri Leonard Messel in the Display Garden

 

Above: Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' in the Display Garden.

 

Right: Magnolia salicifolia 'Grape Expectations' at Lantern Court

 

Magnolia salicifolia  'Grape Expectations' at  Lantern Court

Anemone blanda  'White Splendor'  Greek windflower in the Display Garden

 

Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus, C. chrysanthus, C. vernus), and dwarf iris (Iris histrioides, I. reticulata and their hybrids) will brighten up the landscape early in April. Masses of daffodils, Narcissus, color the landscape a cheery yellow, and the mostly blue and at times white or pink hues of Greek windflower, Anemone x blanda, glory-of-the-snow; Chionodoxa, Siberian squill; Scilla siberica, and striped squill, Puschkinia scilloides are at their peak in the Display and Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court where the primroses, Primula vulgaris are in bloom.

 

 

Left: Anemone blanda 'White Splendor' Greek windflower in the Display Garden

See the forsythia, Forsythia 'Meadowlark','Northern Sun', 'Northern Gold', 'Sunrise', and hellebores, Helleborus x hybridus in the Display Garden and H. x hybridus 'Red Lady' in the Holden Hedge Collection. In the Rhododendron Garden heath, Erica is in full bloom and by mid to late April a number of small-leaved rhododendron including Rhododendron dauricum, R. mucronulatum and a number of showy cultivars will be blooming if frost does not nip them.

 

Right: Rhododendron mucronulatum or Korean rhododendron

Rhododendron mucronulatum or Korean rhododendron
the early buttercup, Ranunculus fascicularis
The white flowered Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis and the purplish-pink Sargent cherry, Prunus sargentii make showy yet fleeting displays in the gardens and in the Conifer Collection. Be sure to see the bright yellow flowers of the marsh marigold, Caltha palustris along the stream, and the early buttercup, Ranunculus fascicularis on the limestone rockery in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden. (See in the photo on the left.) Other wildflowers of interest include the fleeting white-flowered bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, and the longer lasting lavender-purple to white flowered, sharp-lobed hepatica, Hepatica acutiloba that may be found at Lantern Court as well as in the Holden Wildflower Garden.

 

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