What’s Bloomin’: April, 2022

What’s Bloomin’: April, 2022

Glory of the Snow Chionodoxa sardensis The genus name is derived from the Greek words chion, meaning snow, and doxa, meaning glory. An early bloomer, it often pokes up through the snow in western Turkey, where this small bulb is native. The small,...
What’s Bloomin’: March, 2022

What’s Bloomin’: March, 2022

Hellebores Commonly called hellebores, the genus Helleborus consists of over 20 evergreen, perennial, flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. They originated in Europe and Asia, with a concentration of species found in the Balkan region. Hellebores are widely...
What’s Bloomin’: Early Fall, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: Early Fall, 2021

Korean Chrysanthemum Dendranthema sawadskii Korean Chrysanthemums are the latest blooming of all chrysanthemums, beginning their show in early autumn and lasting until a killing frost. They come in a wide variety of colors, from deep reds and magentas to pale yellows,...
What’s Bloomin’: June 2021

What’s Bloomin’: June 2021

Elf Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain laurel, is a multi-stemmed, broadleaf, evergreen shrub that is native to Eastern North America (New England south to the Florida panhandle). It is found in a variety of habitats, including open rocky...
What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

Clematis montana “Rubens” What a treat to see this draping wall of flowers in the spring. Hanging from the White Oak at the center of the main lawn of the Rhododendron Garden, it has undoubtedly played a prominent role in many family portraits. It’s...
What’s Bloomin’: April, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: April, 2021

Dinosaur Food Gunnera Visit the boggy-area near Rock Creek to see this LARGE-leafed, water-loving plant, looking like something out of the Jurassic. This is a good one for families with young kids. The leaves on this plant are bigger than some of the kids. A bit...