Monday, July 21, 2014

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SUMMER FLOWERING TREES & SHRUBS

Yes, we have our crape myrtles which are gorgeous, but there is more blooming at the Arboretum. Why not come out and see for yourself.  Most of these pictured below you will find in our Certified Plant Professional Area.  We have 5 rows of various trees and shrubs planted here.  You may find something different you want to try for your own garden.  (The Desert Willow is by the Auditorium door.)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

Kerria japonica (Japanese Kerria)

Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)

Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)




























Photos by P. Godley

Monday, July 14, 2014

PINEAPPLE LILY

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'
This summer blooming perennial in our Perennial Boarder has tiny, closely packed, star-shaped blossoms topped with leaflike bracts making it look like pineapples.  After the flowers fade, purplish seed capsules follow.  The leaves of 'Sparkling Burgundy' are a rich deep burgundy color when they emerge in the spring.  They fade to the color you see above during the summer.  When the flowers fade, a new crop of burgundy leaves appear.  The plant entirely disappears over the winter.  It is an easy plant to propagate from leaf cuttings. 

 Here is a simple tutorial on how to do this: How to propagate leaf cuttings


OTHER PLANTS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK:
In the Butterfly Garden
Hibiscus syriacus, 'Aphrodite', Rose of Sharon
Lonicera sempervirens, Trumpet Honeysuckle
Foeniculum vulgare, 'Purpurem', Bronze Fennel (Along with Swallowtail caterpillars)

In the Wildflower Garden
Panicum virgatum, 'Shenandoah', Switch grass, native
Gaillardia aristata, Blanket Flower, native, blooms all summer

 In the Perennial Garden
Eryngium planum, 'Blankappe', Sea Holly
Miscanthus sinensis, 'Strictus', Japanese Silver Grass, has sharp edges
Kalimeris pinnatifida, ' Hortensis', Japanese Aster
Sedum, 'Autumn Joy'

In the Wet Sites Garden
Tradescantia palida, 'Purple Queen'

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CANTALOUPE - Ambrosia Hybrid

Growing next to our Vegetable Garden is a large patch of cantaloupe.  This year's selection is called Ambrosia.  It was started from seed in April.  The fruits are expected to grow to 4-5 pounds with a peach-colored flesh and a small seed cavity.  Ours are well on their way to maturity.  This variety resists powdery and downy mildews.  Click here for tips on growing cantaloupe in North Carolina.

Photo by P. Godley

OTHER PLANTS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK:

 IN THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
Panicum Shenandoah; Casmanthium; Salvia farinacea; Rudbeckia triloba

IN THE PERENNIAL BORDER
The Coronation Gold Yarrow; Rubeckia goldstrum; Joe Pye Gateway

IN THE WET SITES BED
Tradescantia Purple Queen 

Friday, July 4, 2014

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” -Thomas Jefferson



Master Gardener Volunteers will be at the Farmer's Market tomorrow, July 5th, from 7:30 AM-11:30 AM to answer your garden questions, solve your garden problems, and have information about the Arboretum and the Master Gardener program.

Click here for map to FARMERS MARKET
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF ARBORETUM

Join the Master Gardener Volunteers for the next free walking tour of the Arboretum.

Thursday, JULY 3rd, 2014
Starting at 9:00 AM

Meet under the Shelter in front of the
AG CENTER at
403 Government Circle, Greenville

They will be highlighting those plants that grow and thrive in our hot, humid summers!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CARDOON

Cynara cardunclulus - Cardoon

Photo by M. Endres

Cardoon is another interesting plant growing in our Herb Garden .  It is ornamental as well as edible.  Here is an excerpt from 'Fine Gardening':
Cardoon is an architectural splendor with bold texture, thanks to its large, prickly, almost dagger-shaped gray-green arching leaves and a statuesque, vase-shaped frame. It is topped with round, purple, thistlelike flowers in midsummer. Cardoon can reach up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Noteworthy Characteristics: A close cousin of the artichoke, this native to the well-drained, sunny slopes of the southwest Mediterranean can overwinter in Zone 7. Produces magnificent flowerheads that can be cut and dried for arrangements. Edible leaf stalks and midribs are tasty when blanched. Unopened flowerheads can be eaten like artichokes.

Care: Plant in a sheltered location in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation: From seed, if planted early enough, it will flower the first year. Divide in spring or insert root cuttings in winter.
Problems: Gray mold, root rot, slugs, and aphids can cause damage.