What's Blooming Now - March 16, 2011
March Brings Spring Flowers
has arrived at White River Gardens! Here's the first What's Blooming
Now report for the season. Stay tuned for more information and
suggestions for how you can duplicate the garden design concepts and
planting in your home gardens!
There is finally evidence in White River Gardens that spring is fast
approaching! Amid some warming temperatures and a few sunny days,
Horticulture staff was able to capture the earliest colors of spring.
Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden has a nice display of winter aconite (Eranthus
hyemelis) (above) and a mixture of Crocus species (left) as you enter
from the Hilbert Conservatory re-entry walk. Both of these bulbs can
be seen throughout the Gardens and are some of earliest and cheeriest
harbingers of spring. Another bulb that can often be seen poking its
head through the snow is the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) (below
left). One can see their delicate nodding blooms in the Ruth Lilly
in the Shade Garden is a beautiful display of Lenten rose (Helleborus
orientalis) (right) in shades of pink and white. The Lenten
rose can be found in a few other spaces within the Gardens and do very well
in part shade to full shade.
reticulated irises or dwarf irises (Iris reticulata) (left) are
starting to flower in their cheery clumps of purples and blues throughout
It's a wonderful start to the growing season!