Perennials

Lions, Tigers & Bears . . . Oh My!

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I live in a botanical garden, not a zoo. However, I am not surprised that some people think about animals when they are here. Walking around the garden there is a veritable menagerie of plants with animal names. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Visitors on safari outside the education offices will…

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Seeing Red

Posted by & filed under Annuals, Perennials.

With the temperature getting hotter, we are seeing a lot of red these days. There’s more red showing in the thermometer, people walking around the garden sometimes have red faces flush from the heat and exercise, and of course there are plenty of red flowering plants. This is especially true in the hummingbird garden. The…

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Spring Odyssey

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There are two types of people who visit the Garden… Wait, that sounds like the start of a bad joke. People come to the Garden for many different reasons, but generally people come with a specific purpose in mind or they come to wander around and see what’s here. In other words, for some folks…

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Creepy Plants

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Halloween is almost here and people are getting all excited to scare each other.  I love a good fright now and then too.  Last year I talked about some seasonally scary plants, but I really didn’t mention a few that truly creep me out.  These are the ones that will sneak up on you as…

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Odd Couples

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Perennials, Trees.

By Dandy Lion I had a dream the other night that I was walking through the Garden. People usually dream about flying, but for a plant, walking is just as fantastical. Anyway, I was walking through the Garden, enjoying all the wonderful plants.  Suddenly I stopped, because something seemed odd.  I noticed two plants that…

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Forbidden Gardens

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By Dandy Lion As the days start to shorten, plenty of plants are telling us that fall is here.  Ornamental grasses explode like fireworks, berries ripen for the birds, sasanqua camellias begin to bloom and mums create vibrant mounds in the Garden.  Actually a chrysanthemum’s bloom date is not determined by cool weather or a…

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Busy as a Bee

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by Dandy Lion Sometimes we get so busy in life we forget to take the time to appreciate what is around us.  A short walk through the Garden can always change that.  During a stroll through the tropical garden, you might casually notice a beautiful passion flower.  But take a little extra time and really…

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Fun Guys

Posted by & filed under Natural Areas, Perennials.

I went to the woods today, but not deliberately.  I’m not such a Thoreau thinker – the wind just blew me there.  (Actually to be more reflective about my movements, I should be walled-in.)  While in the woods I met a bunch of fun guys.  They were definitely very interesting and you don’t get to…

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Sunrise at the Garden

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Have you ever wondered what the Garden is like when no people are here?  It is not quite a “Night at the Museum” scenario, but pretty close.  Let’s just say I am not at liberty to discuss details.  However, a small group of people got to see the Garden this morning at sunrise and had…

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Humming Along

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by Dandy Lion I’ve spent the last week or so in the Hummingbird Garden and have enjoyed my time here very much.  Of course, the purpose of this garden located behind the education wing is to showcase plants that will attract hummingbirds to your garden.  For me, it has been a good place to hide. …

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