PLANT SALE

PLANT SALE

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Carolina Silverbell Tree

Flowering Halesia carolina
A native tree growing in our Butterfly Garden is the Halesia carolina (commonly known as the Carolina Silverbell Tree. ) This is a spring flowering understory tree.

This tree is a host plant to several butterflies.  Honeybees and bumblebees enjoy nectar from the blooms.  Birds eat the buds and flower clusters.

More information on this tree may be found here:

Carolina Silverbell


Photo by C. Christian

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

This week at the Arboretum:


Plant / Location

1.  Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)  / Wildflower Garden
2.  Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' (Little Leaf Sage) / Perennial Border
3.  Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)  / Perennial Border
4.  Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)  / Herb Garden
5.  Syringa 'Penda' Bloomerang (Reblooming Lilac)  / Mixed Border
6.  Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) / Children's Garden
7.  Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight' (Wild Indigo Hybrid) / Mixed Border
8.  Hyacinthoides hispancia (Spanish Bluebell) / Shade Garden
9.  Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jasmine) / Children's Garden
10.  Rose Wekphorn (Pink Homerun Landscape Rose) / Rose Garden

Photos by C. Christian

Monday, April 15, 2019

BLOOMING AMARYLLIS

Photo by J. Christianson
All our plants are divided and potted up, and the seeds we planted are sprouting.  Master Gardener Volunteers are tending them so they become well established plants for the May 18th Plant Sale.  We are shooting for last year's count of close to 4,000 plants.  This red amaryllis has decided to bloom a bit earlier than expected.  It and many more will be available at the sale. 

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

THE HUMMINGBIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
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The ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived.  You could fill up feeders and tend to them all summer.
(Find all the directions here for that:  HUMMINGBIRD GUIDE ) Or you could add flowering plants to attract them to your garden.  One such plant is Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'.  We will have this plant at our PLANT SALE on May 18th.

Monday, April 1, 2019

MASTER GARDENERS ANSWER QUESTIONS

Photo by J. Christianson
Several Master Gardener Volunteers were at the Senior Health Fair last week to answer gardening questions.  Starting May 4th, and then for the first Saturdays of the summer months, they will be at the Leroy James Farmers' Market from 8:00-11:30 AM. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

It is a good time to head out to the Arboretum to see what plants have started to emerge from their winter sleep.  A lot of new plants have been added (thanks to all of you who have supported us by attending the speaker event in January and our past plant sales).  A good place to begin your self-guided tour is to start at the What's In Bloom Display under the Green Roof Shelter.  Ten plants of interest are selected each week.  Their names and locations in the gardens are listed on the white board.

This week's selections:

Photo by A. Andrews

CPP Area:  1. Berberis julianae (Wintergreen Barberry) 
2.  Kerria japonica (Japanese Kerria)
MIXED BORDER  3. Forsythia x intermedia (Border Forysthia)
PERENNIAL BORDER  4. Narcissus (Trumpet Daffodil)
5.  Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth)
CPP Area:  6. Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum Tree)
MIXED BORDER:  7. Vinca minor 'Illlumination'
BUTTERFLY GARDEN: 8. Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Redbud Tree)
CONTAINERS: 9. Dianthus chinensis (Pinks)
BUTTERFLY GARDEN: 10.  Verbena canadensis (Trailing Verbena)