Few trees can hold the title of the earliest to flower and the latest to flower…except Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’. This amazing tree is in full flower now at JLBG after gracing us with a superb show in late fall. Prunus x subhirtella is a group of flowering hybrids between the Japanese Prunus incisa and itosakura. The nothospecific epithet “subhirtella” means “a little bit hairy”.
It’s hard to find a cyclamen we don’t love in the winter garden, but we are particularly enamoured with Cyclamen maritimum…formerly a member of the Cyclamen graecum complex. Learn more about growing hardy cyclamen.
Here’s another example of the fun combos that can be created in the winter garden. Here is Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Kyoto’ in the middle of a patch of Ajuga reptans ‘Planet Zork’, backed by Sedum palmeri ‘Mendoza’…love the use of groundcovers.
This was a fun color echo we caught right before our first frost as the last of the monarchs stocked up on food before their International flight left for their winter vacation in Mexico. Cestrum (Solanaceae) seems to be a monarch favorite in our garden. Hopefully, we have someone who can work on producing a sterile clone, since they seed a bit too much in the deep south.
Sarracenia rosea looked particularly adorable this week under a light snowfall. Everything melted within a day, but it looks like we might see more this weekend.
This is the week that we had expected to welcome hundreds of participants from all over the world to the 2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium in Raleigh, NC, but world events had other plans. So, we shifted gears and put together a replacement on-line symposium that will take place this Friday June 12 from 10am-3pm. This is a fund raiser for both the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and for the Juniper Level Botanic Garden endowment, so we hope you can join us safely on-line. If you sign up, but aren’t available on Friday for the live event, you will also receive a private link, so you can also watch the symposium later.
The stellar lineup for the 2020 rapid-fire on-line symposium for plant nerds includes:
Dan Hinkley – World renown plant explorer and founder of Heronswood Gardens/and Nursery. Dan will speak on A Morning Walk-through of Gardens of Windcliff.
Nick Macer – World renown plant explorer and owner of Pan-Global Plants in the UK will speak on Things That Turn Me on—Confessions of a Plant Freak
Kelly Dodson/Sue Miliken – World renown plant explorers and owners of Far Reaches Farm and Conservancy. They will speak on Plantdemic in the Far Reaches.
Jimmy Turner – World renown plantsman, Director of Red Butte Botanical Gardens, and former Director of Horticulture of the Dallas Arboretum and later the Director of Horticulture for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Jimmy will speak on The Land of Ahs.
John Cho – Retired University of Hawaii professor and breeder of the Royal Hawaiian series of colocasia (elephant ears). John was world renown for his breeding work with food taro before he turned his attention on revolutionizing the ornamental elephant ear offerings. John will speak on Breeding of the Beautiful Royal Hawaiian Collection of Colocasia.
Tony Avent – Founder of Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Tony will speak on High and Dry—The Wonderful, Wild, World of Crevice Gardening
You can find more about the talks and register on-line here
Rare Plant Auction
Following on the heels of last years’ auction that had plantsmen/women around the world drooling, we’ve put together another amazing list of auction plants for 2020…many of which are released for the first time, including many incredible rarities that you just won’t believe. Plants that are 1 gallon size and smaller can be shipped domestically to the lower 48 @ $6 each, but larger plants will need to be picked up at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.
The auction opens Tuesday June 9 @ 10 am and closes Friday June 12 @ 3pm. Bidding is open to anyone, so here’s the link through Click-Bid to sign up and bid. Bid early and bid often! Good luck!
Please help us share the word via your favorite social media site so more plant geeks can join us!
More interesting seed pods from the garden this week.
This past week I went to our catalog printer in Lynchburg, VA for the press check of our Fall Catalog. The whole scope of the process and vast size of the printing presses is quite fascinating.
A printed copy of the cover off the press is compared to the initial proof and any minor tweaks or color adjustments are made. Once the color is approved, the printer starts up again. It first puts down the yellow components of the cover, followed by the red, green and then blue. Here are some samplings, ending with the final cover!
The genus Sinningia is a South American gesneriad (African violet and gloxinia relative). Hummingbirds and butterflies just love the tubular flowers of Sinningia, and several species including Sinningia tubiflora, are quite fragrant.
Sinningia flowers come in a wide array of colors from white, to yellow, pink, red and all shades in between. Sinningia species are drought-tolerant and heat loving…perfect for hummers and the southern garden.
We hope you will join us in our excitement over the wonderful perennial sinningia.