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What's In Bloom

 
Snowdrops, one of the first things to bloom in the spring.
 

In March, soft buds of Japanese pussy willow (Salix chaenomeloides) will be shimmering on the west side of the Display Garden, and our native pussy willow (Salix discolor) will open its buds in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, and by the culvert east of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden.

 

Spring and Darley heath (Erica carnea, E. x darleyensis and cultivars) may start blooming in the Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court. The Ozark witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis and cultivars) will unfurl their diminutive petals at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court. Look for snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii, G. nivalis) and crocus (Crocus tommasinianus, C. chrysanthus, C. vernus) at Lantern Court, the Display Garden, and Layer Rhododendron Garden.

 

Check out the stream bank on the northwest side of the Holden Wildflower Garden where the flowers of skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) will appear through melting snow, signaling that spring is under way.

 
Skunk cabbage blooming in the Holden Wildflower Garden in 2012.
Skunk cabbage blooming in the Holden Wildflower Garden in 2012.
 

 

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