To all eyes it would seem the garden is quieting down for the season, but if you look closely, you will see all kinds of activity. Here's what Courtney and I found on our recent garden walk. Can you find these things in the garden? What else can you find in the garden this fall?
Ginkgo leaves drifting into mossy evergreens, and
.... and, yes, flowers.
Look closely on your visit. There are treasures everywhere.
What garden treasures can you find?
In our August Garden Journal entry, we are focusing on the garden's bamboo.
"Wait a minute," you say, "bamboo aren't native to this area. Why are they in Leach Garden?"
John Leach had a love for bamboo, and so you will find these bamboo (and one that is easily mistaken for one) in various places around the garden. One of them remains a mystery to us - even the garden's records only list the plant as "Bamboo." Can you identify it?
These plants all have something in common other than being residents at the Leach Botanical Garden. Can you discover what it is?
Did you discover the common thread?
They are all very different members of the Berberidacae family. (Thanks for playing!)
In celebration of the arrival of spring, stroll through the garden and enjoy the many pink and white flourishes in both expected and unexpected places.
Both of these natives can be found in the spring garden. While red flowering currant grows from 5’ - 12’, its taller sister,’Pokey’s Pink’, can grow from 12’ - 15’ tall. Both put forth racemes of tubular flowers that are a very popular early food source for hummingbirds, though the red flowering currant has darker pink flowers than ‘Pokey’s Pink’. The resulting currants, later in the season are reported to be quite seedy and best left for birds.
February may still seem like Winter, but in the garden, things are beginning to awaken. This is a perfect time of year to see the tender shoots and blossoms, and enjoy the light fragrances.
December is time for evergreens to shine. Throughout the botanical gardens you will see all of these evergreens and more. Many of them are quite tall, and so we have posted pictures of the bark, which is what you would see at eye level. Look for some of the the Doug Firs standing in pairs. Bundle up and enjoy the greenery.
While many of the garden's plants reach the end of their seasons, others only just get into full swing. November is a perfect time to see these late season bloomers throughout the gardens.