July 8, 2010

July 8th, 2010 by Bridget

In the garden on the north side of Prospect Hall is a Sourwood {Oxydendron arboreum} tree that is blooming with pendulous panicles of white bell shaped flowers beginning to open.  This tree has excellent bright green summer foliage, fabulous deep red fall foliage and its seed heads also have a pendulous habit to create multiple seasons of interest.  In the same bed are a few Rosebay Rhododendrons {R. maximum} with white flower clusters held above their long evergreen foliage.  This is the species of Rhododendron that was a large part of the understory of southern New Hampshire’s forests and is well preserved in Rhododendron Sate Park in Fitzwilliam, N.H.  On High St. at the entrance to the parking lot at the north end of the Silver Center is a Silver Linden {Tilia tomentosa} in bloom with small yellow flowers.  I find the silver undersides of the leaves of more interest than the flowers [and where the plant gets its common name].  The ‘Shoshoni’ Viburnum {V. plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Soshoni’} of the May 24 entry is now accented by its red fruit and is very attractive for a second season of interest.  In front of the Facilities Services Building are three Plumleaf Azaleas {Rhododendron prunifolia} with reddish flowers on plants that are now over six feet tall.  A very nice addition to the garden when many shrubs are no longer in bloom.

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