August 9th, 2012

August 9th, 2012 by Sherri

At the lower entrance to Prospect Hall is a group of Blackberry Lilies {Belamcanda chinensis} that have spotted orange flowers that are followed by seeds in the autumn that look like blackberries. The foliage is similar to Iris, and they are members of the Iris family. A nice spot of color that increases each year as they self-seed.

Blackberry Lilies {Belamcanda chinensis}

August 1st, 2012

August 1st, 2012 by Sherri

In front of the Robert Frost House is a group of Summersweet Clethra or Sweet Pepperbush {C. alnifolia} blooming with very fragrant white flower spikes. This is a great addition to the summer garden with deep green summer foliage and additional varieties are available with pink flowers, longer and larger flower spikes as well as varied amounts of compact growing habits.

 Summersweet Clethra or Sweet Pepperbush {C. alnifolia}

 Summersweet Clethra or Sweet Pepperbush {C. alnifolia}

 Summersweet Clethra or Sweet Pepperbush {C. alnifolia} Summersweet Clethra or Sweet Pepperbush {C. alnifolia}

July 25th, 2012

July 25th, 2012 by Sherri

In front of the Bagley House on Highland St., below the Korean Mountain Ash is a group of Bottlebrush Buckeye {Aesculus parviflora} in bloom with white flower spikes well over a foot tall. Rich green Horsechestnut foliage and a spreading habit make this one of the best summer flowering shrubs. We also have plantings on the east side of Academic Commons and on the west side of Prospect Hall.

Korean Mountain AshKorean Mountain Ash

Bottlebrush Buckeye {Aesculus parviflora}Bottlebrush Buckeye {Aesculus parviflora}

July 17th, 2012

July 17th, 2012 by Sherri

On the west side of Boyd is a planting of Smooth Hydrangea {H. arborescens’ Grandiflora’} that has huge white flowers, this year they are having their best year since they were planted in 2003. The flowers are 10″ across and quite striking. We treat these plants as herbaceous perennials and cut them to the ground each fall.

 Smooth Hydrangea {H. arborescens' Grandiflora'}

July 12th, 2012

July 12th, 2012 by Sherri

In the island on the west side of Facilities Services is a ‘Sterling’ Silver Linden {Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling’} that has many extremely fragrant yellow flowers. The undersides of the leaves are silver, hence the common name.

 'Sterling' Silver Linden {Tilia tomentosa 'Sterling'} 'Sterling' Silver Linden {Tilia tomentosa 'Sterling'}

June 28th, 2012

June 28th, 2012 by Sherri

Along the west side of the HUB snack bar are four Korean Stewartias {S. koreana} that are blooming with 3″ white flowers with a yellow center. The foliage is a nice rich green all summer and turns orange each fall. As this tree ages the bark takes on a very nice mottled appearance. A very nice four season plant which flowers late June into July, a time when few other trees are flowering.

Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}

Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}

 

June 13th, 2012

June 13th, 2012 by Sherri

At the southwest corner of Ellen Reed is an ‘Erie’ Linden Viburnum {V. dilatatum ‘Erie’} that has clusters of white flowers 4-5″ wide. This is followed by very attractive red fruit, lustrous foliage all summer and great fall foliage, often a deep maroon that often lasts well into November. A great shrub with multiple seasons of interest.

 'Erie' Linden Viburnum {V. dilatatum 'Erie'}

 'Erie' Linden Viburnum {V. dilatatum 'Erie'}

 'Erie' Linden Viburnum {V. dilatatum 'Erie'}

May 31st, 2012

May 31st, 2012 by Sherri

In the lower area on the south side of Speare Hall is a Korean Mountain Ash {Sorbus alnifolia} in full bloom with clusters of whiter flowers. In the fall these are followed by coral colored fruit that can be very striking against the snow covered ground. At the rear entrance to Russell House is a Flowering Dogwood {Cornus florida} with white bracts, many of which are not fully formed. Flowering Dogwoods are not completely flower bud hardy here and we often get less than a complete show of flowers which is the case this year. However, it is still a very nice small tree with attractive foliage, red fall foliage, and red fruit {rarely}.

 

Korean Mountain Ash {Sorbus alnifolia}Korean Mountain Ash {Sorbus alnifolia}Flowering Dogwood {Cornus florida}

Flowering Dogwood {Cornus florida}

 

April 11th, 2012

April 11th, 2012 by Sherri

In front of Prospect Hall there are several Daffodils {Narcissus sp.} coming into bloom. The yellow varieties are ‘King Alfred’, first introduced in 1899 and still one of the most popular yellow varieties. Also in in front of Prospect Hall are four ‘Golden Glory’ Cornelliancherry Dogwoods {Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’} that have countless yellow flowers along the stems of this small tree.

 

 

Cornelliancherry Dogwoods {Cornus mas 'Golden Glory'}

Daffodils {Narcissus sp.} 'King Alfred'Cornelliancherry Dogwoods {Cornus mas 'Golden Glory'}Daffodils {Narcissus sp.} 'King Alfred'

March 28th, 2012

March 28th, 2012 by Sherri

In the garden at the north end of Silver CAC by the blinking light are a few Winter Aconite {Eranthis hyemalis} blooming with one inch yellow flowers close to the ground. Their finely cut foliage follows the flowers.

 

Winter Aconite {Eranthis hyemalis}

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