Friday, May 20, 2011

WHAT"S IN BLOOM - 'Early Sunrise'

There is a cheerful burst of color in the Children's Garden:  Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'.  Coreopsis, commonly called Tickseed is generally an easy to care for perennial.  It produces double daisy-like flowers throughout the summer.  They love the sun and butterflies love them.  They are also deer resistant.  Keep deadheading them over the growing season to extend blooming.  Leave new fall growth at the base for overwintering.

This is a perfect time to visit the Pitt County Arboretum.  There are so many plants in bloom this time of year it is difficult to pick just one to feature.  The weather has been pleasant for a walk through the gardens.  Self-guided tour maps may be found under the Green Roof Shelter in front of the Ag Center.  Master Gardener Volunteers lead walking tours on the first Thursday of each month starting at 9:00 AM during June, July, and August and  10:00 AM for the remaining months.