With summer officially upon us, one wouldn’t expect to find many traditional spring flowers still hanging around. But if you walk among the forested trails of some gardens, you just might be surprised as to what’s still blooming. Back I went to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden to view a few species that recently came into bloom, namely the Giant Himalayan Lily and a lone Bigleaf Magnolia bloom (Magnolia macrophylla). The bloom is as big as my head and its leaves are the largest of any simple leaf tree indigenous to North America.
The other main reason I went to the garden was to view the Giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum), which normally blooms in June. They grow up to 12 ft tall and have a heavy fragrance. The many, clustered white and red blooms are located at the top of the tall, thick stalks.
As well, the lovely Japanese Irises are in full bloom. Here’s a sample.
Most of the Rhododendron garden species have already died away, but I managed to find a few still blooming.
In the Rutherford Conservatory, I found these pretty, yellow Rhododendron rushforthii blooming. They are a species native to Vietnam.
Back outside, here is a Red Magnolia that took over 20 years to finally bloom! Not sure of the species name, though.
In the Victorian Stumpery are many different species of ferns. Here’s just a sample. The first two images are of Woodwardia, commonly known as Chain Fern.
Chilean Hard Fern mixed with delicate Maidenhair Fern
Here is Arisaema consanguineum, also called Jack-in-the-Pulpit, or Cobra Lily. The leaves at the tops of the tall, slender stalks resemble a palm tree.
Here is a bright, yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis)
This beautiful Japanese Stewartia tree (Stewartia pseudocamellia) is in full bloom.
Mahonia is sporting its clusters of blue berries, now.
Elecampane (Inula helenium) loves the bright sunlight. It’s related to the Sunflower and other Daisy-like flowers.
All images property of Peggy A Thompson