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