Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26-May 3

In this magnificent spring season, new flowers are constantly coming into bloom at the TBG! Visit often to catch the changing face of the gardens.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find:
Rhododendrum dauricum 'Arctic Pearl' (Rhododendron). This cultivar features particularly exceptional hardiness for cold and its white blossoms flower earlier than most rhododendrons in spring.

In the Demonstration Courtyard:
Narcissus 'Ice Follies' (Large-cupped Daffodil); Large-cupped daffodils produce one flower per stem and this variety is one of the most reliable bloomers with clumps multiplying and spreading readily over time.

In the Demonstration Courtyard and Entry Garden:
Narcissus triandrus 'Thalia' (Daffodil, Orchid Narcissus). Each stem bears two to three fragrant snow-white flowers. Thalia is the oldest known hybrid derived from the N. triandus species, dating from 1610.

In the Demonstration Courtyard:
Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' (Summer Snowflake). A Europeann genus with species commonly known as snowflakes and often regarded as a poor relative to the Galanthus. Despite its common name, Summer Snowflake blooms in spring.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard -Waterfall
Brunnera macrophylia 'Jack Frost' (Siberian Bugloss) with Brunnera 'King's Ransom' behind. Brunneras have heart-shaped leaves. Jack Frost's are silver with mint-green veins, while B. 'King's Ransom's are a rich silver and gold.

In the Show Garden:
Magnolia 'Elizabeth' (Magnolia); this fast growing, yellow-flowered hybrid has scented flowers and a distinctly upright oval habit, making it quite exceptional!

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Tulipa greigii 'Fringed Red Riding Hood' (Tulip);this Greigii hybrid features red-fringed flowers on stunning purple-streaked leaves.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Tulipa 'Jaap Groot' ('The Perennial Tulip'); white-trimmed foliage, flowers of soft, creamy-white punctuated with a yellow frame - these giants are known for their exceptional perennial quality to bloom reliably year after year.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard above the waterfall:
Cercis canadensis (Weeping Eastern Redbud) - a small weeping cultivar known for the absence of an upright leader, thus limiting the height it reaches to about five feet

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12 -19

Spring is in full bloom at the TBG this week!
In the Water Garden - North you will find:
Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' (Loebner Magnolia); a small tree grown for its profusion of fragrant white star-shaped blooms on bare wood

In the West Lawn Garden:
Tulipa praestans 'Unicum' (Tulip); this bunch tulip will perennialze as it is a species tulip; having mutiple orange-red flowers above cream edged foliage

In the Show Garden:
Narcissus cyclaminnnnneus 'Jetfire' (Daffodil) ; this smaller variety of Narcissus has yellow reflexed petals with bright orange trumpets

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Tulipa kaufmanniana 'Hearts Delight' (Waterlily Tulip); this Waterlily type is so named since on very sunny days the petals will open fully to a star shape

In the West View Terrace Garden:
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' (Loebner Magnolia); this rounded, small tree has star-shaped flowers with 12 white petals on the inside, pinkish-purple on the outside

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Tulipa kaufmanniana 'Goudstuk' (Waterlily Tulip); another Waterlily Tulip with bright yellow petals, having red striping on every second outer petal; very early flowering

In the Trellis Garden:
Narcissus 'Flyer' (Split-Corona Daffodil) ; the crown of 'Flyer' is amassed with tightly packed frilled petals of egg-yolk yellow; a vigorous and long-lived large flowering daffodil

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1 - 8

In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find:
Iris reticulata 'Natascha' (Dwarf Wild Iris); shows unusual colouration with palest of blue flowers, with green veins and a golden blotch

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Galanthus nivalis forma pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' (Snowdrop); this double-flowered form of the common snowdrop spreads easily

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Erica carnea 'March Seedling' (Spring Heath); one of the hardiest of the heaths, this later flowering carnea has masses of pale heliotrope flowers

In the Waterfall Garden:
Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre' (Giant Crocus); this giant crocus, a late-spring flowering Dutch hybrid, reaches 6 inches in height, with dark blue flowers

Iin the West View Terrace Garden:
Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' (Crocus); smaller than average, this cultivar was introduced in 1943 from the Netherlands; it bunch flowers with more than one flower coming from a single corm

In the Garden Hall Courtyard Demonstration Garden:
Iris reticulata (Dwarf Wild Iris); blooms late winter early spring in shades of blue and purple