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This Week in the Gardens: Spring Chartreuse!

Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer highlights what’s new in the gardens this week.

It’s chartreuse week! In the spring, acid green seems to go with everything.  In the Wild Garden, shade-loving golden wood millet (Millium effusum ‘Aureum’) emerging beneath our old shadbush (Amelanchier canadensis).

Pulmonaria ‘Mrs. Moon’ adds a touch of pink and blue with her first flowers of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few feet away, well established colonies of Fritillaria verticillataattract attention with their pendulous green bells and unusual curled leaf tips, well portrayed in this pair of pictures. 

Self-sown Helleborus foetidus, the bear’s foot hellebore, favors the edges of the gravel path.  Flowers are effective for many weeks in spring. They have also given the plant the unfortunate name of “stinking hellebore”,  not for the floral fragrance but for the malodorous scent produced when the stem is crushed.

 

Euphorbias are blooming early in the Dry Garden thanks to this unusually warm weather.  Euphorbia chariacus subsp. wulfenii  is putting on a splendid show this year.

 

 

 

 

Euphorbia myrsinities prefers dry, gritty soil; here it has happily seeded itself into the foundation walls of the old greenhouse that surround the Herb and Dry Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iris pallida ‘Aureo-Variegata’ in the Flower Garden.

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