Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dawes Arboretum Spring Blooms


Since it is a rainy miserable day here in the hills and no gardening to be contemplated at all today I started going through some of my picture files. Because of so much happening last Spring I never got all of the Spring pictures posted so today I well revisit the Dawes Arboretum and show some of the blooms that can be found there in the Spring.

Allium cristohii Star of Persia

Hey, I have given up on the garden blooms in my garden for this year anyway and making plans for next Springs gems.
I received my first 2012 catalog from Edmund’s Roses this week and I was drooling all over it at the new roses added for next year and coming new introductions for 2013.

American Wisteria

Ahhh, wisteria blooms. (sigh) if only I could get my two Blue Japanese Wisteria to even get one of these beautiful blooms.
My wisteria’s are over twelve years old or more now and have not put on the first bloom. I am at a total loss as to why not?
I have tried all of the tricks from fertilizers to cutting around the roots. Nothing! I have even threatened them with the ripping them up and replacing them with clematis or other blooming vines. They respond to nothing.
So I look longingly at other gardeners wisteria’s in bloom every Spring.

DA_Amonsia_tabernaemontana_EasternBlueStar_Dogbane Amonsia  Eastern Blue Star
I wonder if this Amonsia has golden yellow foliage this Fall.

DA_Kerria_japonicaVariegata_WhiteEdge2 Kerria japonica variegata White Edge

What a gorgeous shrub in the spring with its golden yellow blooms and beautiful variegated foliage all season.

DA_Lilacs There are Lilac bushes all around the Welcome Center at the arboretum.

DA_Lilacs3 What a way to greet visitors with the fragrance of Lilacs drifting on the breezes.

DA_LilacTreBridalVeilSpirea_SM This Lilac was trimmed up into a rounded tree form at its top.
I really thought it looked lovely this way beside the blooming Bridal Veil Spirea.

Leonard Messell Loebner Magnolia

And who doesn't like Magnolia blooms. This one reminded me of a Southern Magnolia only with smaller blooms.

DA_ The name of this shrub escapes me now but it may have been a Pink Beauty Bush. I am certain some of you may know what it is.
It was so beautiful and the Butterflies and Bees were swarming it on the day of our visit.

DA_Viburnum_NewportDoublefile Newport Viburnum Doublefile
There were several viburnum’s  on the grounds but this selection was just loaded in blooms.


Viburnum sargentii Sargent Cranberry Bush


 DA_Weigela_pink Weigela


If I only hand room for the gorgeous Pink Cascading Locust below.

Robinia Casque Rouge Pink Cascading Locust

If you have a arboretum near you make plans to visit next Spring  when all of the trees and shrubs are in bloom. You will not be sorry.
DA_AzaelaBed2 Well I hope you enjoyed a little touch of Spring in your Fall day.



Happy Gardening,


T Opdycke said...

Oh my goodness! These stunning photos make me long for spring before winter has arrived. I've probably said this before, but I can't wait until spring this year. There's so much to do, so many plants to try, and a whole new yard to transform!

Diana said...

Well, Lona, you brightened my day with all those beautiful photos! It's sunny but cold today, currently about 45, so I'm not venturing out as yet. Have a wonderful weekend!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I wonder if wisteria needs certain pH soil to bloom. You have so many pretty plants.


It's always nice to take a break from pumpkins, gourds and fall foliage. Spring is my favorite time of year. Thanks for the memories.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


I did enjoy this trip back. It is always hard to believe that we will be there again very soon. Thanks for the memories!


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

And I did enjoy those shots of fresh and lively flowers, it was a great change.

My Uncle had a very cheeky garden tip for anyone who couldn't get their Wisteria to bloom...he used to say urinate on it every night. Well, I did say it was cheeky. Blushing...

His bloomed like crazy.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

RobinL said...

Oh Lona, that was just what I needed on a cold and wet fall day. So beautiful! I miss it already.

Stephanie said...

These pretty shrubs certainly bring lots of warmth! And that's one gorgeous magnolia! The Newport viburnum Doublefile looks like hydrangea except for the leavs. The Pink Beauty Bush you pointed out is really attractive also. No wonder bees and butterflies love it. Enjoy your day!

Autumn Belle said...

So many beautiful blooms bursting with colours and such a joy to look at.

Claudia said...

Your photos are breathtaking. I have been gone for a while, and I'm certainly glad I reconnected with your blog. Quite inspiring after a perticularly tough year. Thanks for being here.

Priscilla said...

Beautiful photos Lona! lilacs are great and someday I'd like to grow them. Your cascading locust is gorgeous. I love all the colors of your garden!

Miss Merry said...

Lovely pictures, fellow Ohioan! I am looking out my window at a brown and tan field of cut soybeans and the gorgeous blooms and blossoms are so refreshing. I,too,am longing for spring! Thanks for stopping by.

Nezzy said...

This is soooo just the opposite of my 27 degree frost bitten gardens right now. 'Just beautiful.

It makes me long for Spring already!

God bless and have yourself a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

Patsy said...

Looks like a early winter ,so your photo's will be something to look forward to.

Karen said...

Lona, thank you for the break from ripping everything out to seeing images of the spring to come. I needed this boost today. I wish I could grow wisteria. I want to make a stained glass lamp of it and yet have never seen one in bloom, which makes it rather hard to duplicate the flowers with any accuracy, lol.

And thank you for the information on the kerria japonica...I have that plant in my garden and never knew what it was! Now I do.

Thank you, Lona.

.............................. said...

Hi Lona, Somehow it seems natural to think of spring i the fall. Perhaps it is because fall is the time that you plant spring bulbs.You have such a lovely array of spring bloomers in this post. The Leonard Messell Loebner Magnolia and the pretty purple locust caught my eye especially.

Balisha said...

Hi Lona,
You'll have to show some of these again...when we are in the middle of cold, snowy winter. The snow on the east coast makes me think our winter may be like last winter. If so, we will need to see beautiful garden pictures. Have a nice weekend.

Barbee' said...

I haven't read all the comments so this might be a duplicate. Regarding the wisteria's reluctance to bloom: I have read that they need to be stressed, and more than source recommended beating it with chains to get it started. Some swore by this treatment. Someone else used the string trimmer. You've waited a long time.