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Spring Things 2017

April 7, 2017.

Ah, Spring is here!  And beautiful wildflowers are blooming all over the Museum grounds.  So, come take a “virtual wildflower walk” with me!   I’ve featured some of the plants around our waterfall as well as in our Conservation Garden and Virginia Garden.  I know I’ve raved about our lovely waterfall many times before–but did you know there’s a small tunnel behind it?  It has an open “window” so you can see the waterfall from behind–cool!

The back of the waterfall feature is actually a small hill–lots of gorgeous blooms including this pink flame azalea.  Here’s what the blossom looks like from the side, and I also like the top-down view, too–looks almost like a miniature pink fireworks display, you think?

Low to the ground in back of the waterfall are brilliant purple plants–homestead verbena:

On the side of the Goodson House, there’s a witch hazel shrub–since it blooms early in the spring it’s “vernal” witch hazel.  The almost-neon yellow, fragrant blossoms have faded by now, but the new pale green leaves are budding:

Close by, in the Conservation Garden are service berry shrubs with delicate white flowers:

You can’t miss the new green leaves of this fig tree at the entrance to the Virginia Garden:

The flowering dogwood trees are in full bloom with large white flowers tipped in a subtle pink color:

Going through the Virginia Garden, on the far side of the path, almost hidden from view are may apple plants low to the ground.  A single large white blossom will droop between the stems of two umbrella-like leaves:

Also in the Virginia Garden, are pawpaw trees–compared to their very large leaves, their flowers are small, maybe about 1 1/2 inches across that hang upside-down from bare twigs.  You might walk right past these little treasures if you didn’t know what to look for!  Since I had to shoot from below up into the sky, I used “fill flash” to show the detail of the flower–which makes the background sky look white:

Finally, if you walk out the back doors of the Wason Education Center, planted close to the top of the stairs, you will find white trillium in bloom…

…and tucked into a small corner is some wild columbine:

If you enjoy native plants, you’re in luck.  The last two weekends in April we always have our Spring Native Plant Sale .  This year we’ll have the plant sale on April 22-23 and April 29-30, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Admission to the sale area is free and open to the public.  Our Member’s Only sale is on April 20, from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Cheers, Lisa

 

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