Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons. See both a calendar and a list view of What’s in Bloom below:
What’s in Bloom: Week of June 18, 2018
Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, many locations
Giant onion, Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’, Flagpole
Virginia sweetspire, Itea virginica, many locations
Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, many locations
Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, several locations
Washington hawthorn, Crataegus phaenopyrum, Central Ave.
Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.
Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Story Rd.
Northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, Spirea Path
Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris, Meadow Rd.
Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascana, Greenhouse Garden
Foxglove, Digitalis sp., Greenhouse Garden
False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse Garden
Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse Garden
Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path
‘Aurora’ dogwood, Cornus xrutgerensis ‘Rutban’, Almy Rd.
Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’ Fountain Ave. , Swan Ave.
Weigela, Weigela florida, Sparrow Path
Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, Chickadee Path
Peony, Paeonia lactiflora, Sphinx
Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, several locations
Pinxterbloom azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Azalea Path
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Rose, Rosa sp., many locations
Partridge-berry, Mitchella repens, Sumac Path
Inkberry, Ilex glabra, many locations
Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path
Mockorange, Philadelphus sp., several locations
Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum, several locations
Siberian iris, Iris siberica, Azalea Path
Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, Mountain Ave.
Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.
Phlox, Phlox sp., Mountain Ave.
Pickeral weed, Ponederia cordata, Willow Pond
Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations
Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare, several locations
Deutzia, Deutzia gracillis, several locations
Petunia, Petunia sp., Lawn Ave.
Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis, Amaryllis Path
Columbine, Aquilegea canadensis, several locations
Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, many locations
Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, several locations
Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path
Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations
Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path
Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path
Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path
False Indigo, Baptisia australis, Azalea Path
Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond
Linden, Tilia sp., several locations
Alpine aster, Aster alpina, Ash Ave.
Hosta Hosta sp., several locations
Cutleaf stephanandra, Stephanandra incisa, several locations
Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.
Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations
Common alumroot, Heuchera americana, several locations
Linden viburnum, Viburnum dilatatum, several locations
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Field Rd.
Goldenstar, Chrysogonum virginianum, Garden Ave.
Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin bldg..
Bellflower, Campanulaa persicifolia, Yew Ave.
Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.
Creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera, Garden Ave.
Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office
Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.
Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans, Garden Ave.
Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.
Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Daffodil Path
Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations
Lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina, Story Rd.
Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations
Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus, Auburn Lake
Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations
Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.
Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.
Impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.
Wild ginger, Asarum canadense, Dell Path
Mount Auburn Rap by Maria Lindberg
The squill is a thrill
Chionodoxa really rocks ya
Pansies and crocus bring it all into focus
Spice bush and lilacs delight the senses
Ivy twines around cast iron fences
Vinca hosta azealea silverbell
Escort the traveler on the way to the Dell
Orioles flit from spruce to beech
Hawks fly above with a warning screech
Turtles and bullfrogs and muskrats abound
Owls in their nests make nary a sound
Kingfishers herons and cormorants as well
Robins and phoebes have a story to tell
The Metasequoia of Auburn Lake
A perch for hawks and a migratory break
For warblers in May luring birders far and wide
Wonder and song are the gifts they provide
The American elm and the mighty oak
Guard the eternal sleep of the silent folk
Of Mount Auburn Cemetery
If you see a tree or plant in bloom that is not on this list, please leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com.
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in…
We do not know what Joni Mitchell was thinking when she penned these words in 1970. Although, as with much fine artistry, there are multitudinous interpretations unknown to the artist. Herein with Baptisia australis, blue false indigo we focus on the flower color and the plant’s reliable capacity to fill in an empty space. Native from New York/Pennsylvania south to Texas and Georgia, this three-to-four-foot high and wide perennial, develops into a small shrub-like mass. Its alternate, leaves are palmately compound with three 1 ½ to 3-inch leaflets, developing into a bluish-green color. The flowers occur in late May – early June on long terminal racemes. Each flower is about 1-inch long, indigo-blue, although color ranges also to pale lavender or dark violet. (more…)
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells…
Contrarian or not, there are many gardeners and non-gardeners alike who would find that any gardens grow exquisitely fine if they include Carolina Silverbell, Halesia tetraptera. This mid-size tree, 30-40-feet tall (occasionally up to 80-feet) is native from West Virginia to Florida and west to Oklahoma. When in flower later in the month of May, these trees are often profusely bejeweled with dangling white, ½ to ¾-inch, bell-shaped flowers, beginning just before the trees leaf out and lasting for perhaps two weeks. The effect of viewing a good-sized, leafless tree covered with white flowers often stops visitors mid-stride. An ensuing curious effect occurs as the wilting flowers fall within the canopy envelope creating a snow-like appearance surrounding the base of the tree’s trunk. (more…)
…Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for ambition,
But some days I’d rather steep in my own kettle.
Give me chamomile, cowboys, cornelian cherries.
Let me sink, once again, into purposeless sleep.
After enduring a full month of March that was more often like a lion than a lamb, let us welcome the flowers of April. Sprightly, lightening our landscape in early April are the golden haze of flowers of the Corneliancherry dogwood, Cornus mas. Plants’ common names versus their Latin names may occasionally produce mini-conundrums, red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is not a cedar (Cedrus), mountainash (Sorbus) is not an ash (Fraxinus), blue beech (Carpinus) is not a beech (Fagus), tulip poplar (Liriodendron) is not a poplar (Populus), etc.
Corneliancherry dogwood is not a cherry (Prunus), not even in the same botanical family as cherries, Rosaceae, the rose family. Rather this is a less well-known species of dogwood, in the genus Cornus. This genus with at least 30 species is more often known for two of its showy ornamentals, our native flowering dogwood and the summer blooming kousa dogwood. (more…)