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May 16, 2011

May 16th, 2011 by Michael

At the main entrance to Boyd Hall is a planting of white Common Lilacs {Syringa vulgaris} that have very fragrant panicles in full bloom. Next to the Children’s Center are Lilacs with purple flowers. There is an enormous color choice in Lilacs from white to pink to deepest purple. Along the stone wall just below Belknap Hall is ‘Olga Mezitt’ Rhododendron {R. x Olga Mezitt’} in bloom with pink flowers covering the plant. Another hybrid from Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. Also in the same bed is a Dwarf Fothergill {F. gardenii} that has white flowers in the shape of bottle brushes. These have among the most spectacular orange fall foliage of any shrub we grow. By the Silver Center parking lot are several ‘Centurion’ Crabapples’ {Malus ‘Centurion’} with rose-red flowers. This variety is also notable for its glossy red fruit in the fall. I will be giving landscape Plant Tours of the campus on May 24th and 25th at noon, meeting in front of the HUB. On Tuesday we will look at the south half of campus and on Wednesday, the north half. Hope to see you there.

May 10, 2011

May 10th, 2011 by Michael

Along the west side of the walkway between Lamson Library and the Russell House are ‘Purple Gem’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Purple Gem’} with bluish flowers on dwarf plants. Unfortunately their brittle wood does not handle the weight of our snow load very well. There is another planting under the Saucer Magnolia at Memorial Hall that fares a little better by being under the canopy of the Magnolia. In front of the Hogan House on Merrill St. is a Pinkshell Azalea {Rhododendron vaseyi} coming into bloom with beautiful pink flowers. The leaves emerge after flowering and often turn red in the fall. Behind the shuttle stop on Highland Street is a large group of Myrtle-leaf Rhododendrons {R.x myrtifolium} that have deep pink flowers above small evergreen leaves. Opposite Memorial Hall is a young ‘Rivers’ European Beech {Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’} that has beautiful reddish foliage. As it matures it will turn a very deep purple and hold that color throughout the growing season. We have other ‘Rivers’ Beeches in front of Mary Lyons Hall and Pemi Hall.

May 10, 2011

May 10th, 2011 by Michael

Along the north side of Memorial Hall are three Bradford Pears {Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’} that are coming into bloom with clusters of white flowers. This fast growing shade tree, perhaps the most commonly planted tree in the southeast U.S., has shiny green foliage throughout the summer and will turn multiple shades of purple, red and yellow in the fall, as long as we don’t have an early hard frost. These are also planted along Main St. in Plymouth.

May 9, 2011

May 9th, 2011 by Michael

At the south end of the stone wall below Belknap Hall is a Redbud {Cercis canadensis} budded out and just days away from full bloom. The buds are a deep pink and will lighten in color as they open. Our largest Redbuds are on the north side of D&M, and are certainly worth a walk when in full bloom. In front of Highland Hall on Highland Street is our ‘Elizabeth’ Magnolia {M.x ‘Elizabeth’}, this is our only yellow flowered Magnolia on campus and was our 2009 Arbor Day planting. It is from a hybrid cross done at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1956 and was named in 1978 in honor of the director of the BBG, Elizabeth Scholz. Next to the Redbud is a group of ‘Molly Fordham’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Molly Fordham’} that have white flowers above their evergreen foliage. These plants as well as the PJM Rhododendron were hybridized at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Mass.

May 6, 2011

May 6th, 2011 by Michael

At the northwest corner of Hall Hall is a group of Judd Viburnums {V.x juddi} that have very attractive red flower buds that will open to reveal very fragrant white flowers in round clusters. This plant is a hybrid of the Koreanspice Viburnum {V. carlesi} that is also on campus and will be in bloom next week.

May 3, 2011

May 3rd, 2011 by Michael

In front of the Eco House on the roundabout is a single stem Shadbush {Amelanchier canadensis} in bloom with white to pink flowers. Just behind this plant along the north side of the Silver Center is another group of the same plant but grown with a multi-stem habit. At the foot of the Hyde Hall ramp is a ‘Leonard Messel’ Magnolia with purple flowers that lighten to pink as they open. In the beds by the D&M quadrant of the roundabout are several ‘PJM’ Rhododendrons {R.x ‘PJM’} coming into bloom with bright lavender pink flowers. The evergreen foliage is still a beautiful mahogany brown from the winter, the new growth will be green and it turns each fall. This is America’s most popular Rhododendron and it performs very well in most conditions.

May 2, 2011

May 2nd, 2011 by Michael

Above the retaining wall at the west end of Boyd Hall is a group of Forsythia {F.x intermedia} with yellow flowers on long stems with an arching habit. This is becoming a more dependable bloomer [as our winters moderate] but the flower color lacks the intensity it develops when grown farther south. In the bed on the west side of Prospect Hall is the groundcover Common Periwinkle {Vinca minor} that has blue flowers above its evergreen foliage. This has been a very popular plant in New Hampshire for well over a century and you can find very large masses of Vinca in the most unlikely places, such as below the Plymouth Court House along the Pemigewasset River. In front of the Russell House is a large planting of the hybrid ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’ Pieris {Pieris x ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’} with drooping panicles of cream colored flowers. The buds of these flowers are exposed all winter and had a striking red color to them, they are our most effective shrub for winter interest. This plant is the result of a cross between out native Mountain Pieris {P. floribunda} and the less hardy Japanese Pieris {P.japonica}. In front of Memorial Hall is our Saucer Magnolia {M.x soulangeana”} with large purple and white flowers that are very showy. Below the Saucer Magnolia is a small planting of Pigsqueak {Bergenia cordifolia} that has a spike of pink flowers held above its thick green foliage. The foliage is not in good condition this year because our snow cover was late in protecting it. In front of D&M Hall behind the Aronia at the south end of the building is a volunteer patch of American Wood Anemone {A. quinquifolia} that has white flowers above its green foliage. In several locations on campus there are Red Maples {Acer rubrum} blooming, here is a close-up of the flower. This tree is used extensively in our landscape as well as being prolific in our woodlands, especially in wetlands, it is also called the Swamp Maple. Behind the Ellen Reed House, under the Paperbark Maple {Acer griseum} is a large planting of the ‘Vardar Valley’ Boxwood {Buxus sempervirens ‘Vardar Valley’} with small fragrant flowers, though this plant is grown primarily for its evergreen foliage. In the garden on the north side of Memorial Hall is a very attractive pendulous ‘Camperdown’ Elm {Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdown’} that is in full bloom with interesting flowers that are rarely seen so close to the ground. This tree produces large amounts of flowers and seeds.

April 28, 2011

April 28th, 2011 by Michael

At the northeast corner of the HUB, outside the Snack Bar, are several Mountain Pieris {P.floribunda} coming into bloom. On this native evergreen shrub, the flower buds are exposed all winter and are opening in this wonderful spell of spring weather. In many places on campus there are ‘Merrill’ Magnolias {M. x loebneri ‘Merrill’} with fragrant white flowers. This selection of Magnolia is one of the best choices for our climate. At the east entrance of Smith Hall is a ‘Centennial’ Star Magnolia with white flowers and a pink blush. This selection was named in honor of the100th anniversary of the Arnold Arboretum, North America’s oldest arboretum. On the west side of Prospect Hall is a group of deciduous ‘Cornell Pink’ Korean Rhododendrons {R. mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’} that are our first Rhododendron to bloom each year. Between Bagley House and Blair Hall is a Star Magnolia {M. stellata} that was originally planted by Rounds Hall and is one of the three original Magnolias planted on campus in 1978. This is a smaller plant than the Merrill Magnolia, but also very hardy.

April 22, 2011

April 22nd, 2011 by Michael

In front of Prospect Hall are three Corneliancherry Dogwood {Cornus mas} trees just coming into bloom. Though still in bud, their yellow flowers are always the earliest flowers on any tree on campus. During the exceptionally warm spring of 2010, these trees were in bloom on March 23. The flowers are followed by glossy green leaves that turn a deep red in the fall.

April 20, 2011

April 20th, 2011 by Michael

In the large garden at the north end of the Silver Center on Main Street is a group of Bloodroot {Sanguinaria canadensis} in bloom with attractive white flowers that are a light pink in bud. Bloodroot seeds are spread by ants and this planting was the result of the ant’s industriousness. The common name comes from the red color in the liquid sap in the roots.

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