May 3, 2010

May 3rd, 2010 by Bridget

At the northwest corner of Speare Hall is a group of Common Lilacs {Syringa vulgaris} with white and purple flowers that are extremely fragrant.  This is our state flower and much loved because of the fabulous fragrance.  There are many different varieties with a large choice of colors.  In front of the Hogan House are three native, deciduous Pinkshell Azaleas {Rhododendron vaseyi} covered in rose colored flowers.  Under the branches of the Saucer Magnolia at the entrance to Memorial Hall is a group of evergreen ‘Purple Gem’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Purple Gem’} in bloom with light purple flowers and very small leaves.  This plant is very brittle and has a hard time standing up to our usual snow loads.  In front of Prospect Hall are several Linden Viburnums {V. dilatatum} in bloom with clusters of creamy white flowers above their new light green foliage.  In front of the Physical Plant is an Amur Cherry {Prunus maackii} in bloom with small clusters of off white flowers.  This tree has attractive bronze colored bark to provide winter interest.

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