What's Blooming Now - July 25, 2012
Gardens Remains in Bloom
During the Hot Summer Months
walk through White River Gardens continues to reveal
lots of gorgeous blooms despite the extra
hot and dry conditions we are experiencing this summer. As you
approach the Gardens, take a moment to look at the large cement urns dotted
along the sidewalk adjacent to the parking lot. They are filled with a
variety of non-hardy succulents and drought-tolerant annuals, a good choice
for this dry summer! You’ll see beautiful agave, kalanchoe, lantana,
agastache, and more.
inside the Hilbert Conservatory you’ll spot some of our OMG! Orchids and
their companions. The Dendrobium
‘Uniwai Pearl’ orchid has stems loaded with white blooms. It was developed
in the 1970s at the University of Hawaii for the cut flower market.
eye-catcher is the Blue Sky vine (Thunbergia
grandiflora) that is climbing up a column. You need to go upstairs onto
the mezzanine to see its big, blue blooms.
you exit the Conservatory for the outdoor DeHaan Tiergarten, one of the
first things you’ll spot as you emerge from the double doors are the raised
planters on the Belvedere. They are looking lush in an ancient-ruins sort of
way. Wooly grey and smooth striped
tradescantias (Wandering Jew) and heart-shaped sweet potato vines run
amok through lantana, cordyline, salvia, and other tropicals.
to your right into the Polly Horton Hix Design Gardens for more delightful
sights. Some fun favorites
right now are the two-toned ‘Mojito’ Elephant ear (Colocasia)
in the Gathering Garden, vibrant ‘Bergamo’ Bee Balm (Monarda),
found at a spot in the Motion Garden, and the Whimsy Garden’s Chenille plant
(Acalypha), a funky tropical
often grown as a houseplant.
Next stop on your Gardens tour are the Clowes Water
Gardens. They are packed with colorful blooms, and yes, your eyes aren’t
deceiving you; those are tasty melon and squash vines! Along with vivid
pink, green and burgundy annual grasses and flowers, you’ll see several
kinds of dwarf watermelons, canteloupes, cucumbers and squash. All of these
plants are referred to as cucurbits because they are all members of the
plant family Curcurbitacea; how’s
that for a mouthful?
Finally you arrive at the Efroymson Wedding Garden,
where four ceremonies will be held during the last weekend in July! Luckily
for all our guests this garden looks lovely. The roses are displaying their
second (or is that third?) bloom, and the ‘Pink Diamond’ Hydrangeas are
reaching their full bloom. It is a fitting location for a wedding, or a
quick game of tag!
There’s still a lot more to see, so visit White River
Gardens soon to catch it all! And don’t forget your camera!