Return of Crumhenge

IMG_9122Near the trestle in the Crum Woods lies a several-acre meadow with a circular arrangement of massive boulders. This formation, inspired by Neolithic structures such as Stonehenge, was appropriately named “Crumhenge.”

 

The original Crumhenge had a graveyard-like quality with thin, tall rectangular rocks standing upright. photo credit: R. Robert

The original Crumhenge had a graveyard-like quality with thin, tall rectangular rocks standing upright. photo credit: R. Robert

The history and purpose of Stonehenge is still something of a mystery, but historians are sure the stones were not arbitrarily arranged. As the UNESCO World Heritage site notes about Stonehenge: “The design, position, and interrelationship of the monuments and sites are evidence of a wealthy and highly organised prehistoric …

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Plants of the Week: March 6

Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' JTB (3)

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’

One of the only flowers that seems to have withstood the recent temperature dip and remains resilient is the recently planted Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’. This remarkable little flower is a cultivar of the Turkey native Iris histrioides. Though small in stature, its royal blue pops along borders and walkways bringing a pleasant, 3”-5” true-blue accent in the early Spring. The petals appear in flattened, tubular 3’s that sag at the apices to show off white feathering and a bright yellow stripe. The cultivar ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ is a dwarf, violet-blue variety. This can …

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Plants of the Week: February 27

Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink' bloom Wharton Hall (4) JWC

Rhododendron mucronulatum, native to Korea, Japan, and Northern China, is considered to be one of the earliest flowering deciduous rhododendrons. Typically blooming in mid-March to early April, the variety is currently in full bloom along the path between Sproul Observatory and Wharton Hall.

The cultivar ‘Cornell Pink’ boasts clear, pure pink flowers. Plants prefer sun-dappled shade in a location protected from strong winter winds. Avoid warm sunny southern exposures where plants may flower/leaf out too early and suffer frost damage. Good soil drainage is essential as “wet feet” often lead to root rot and inevitable decline and death. Photo credit: …

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