Plants of the Week: June 29

July 1 RHR 042Eschscholzia californica

The Scott Entrance Garden is reaching its full glory as the daily temperatures continue to rise. This year we sowed California poppy seeds above the retaining wall in hopes of repetitive emergence in years to come. Of the family Papaveraceae, E. californica is the official state flower of California. The genus was named in 1816 in honor of the Estonian-German botanist Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz. It is a pleasant plant with highly dissected leaves and bright golden-orange flowers that are borne singly on long peduncles. photo credit: R. Robert

 

 Podophyllum pleianthum JTB [3]

Podophyllum pleianthum

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Plants of the Week: June 15

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Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lanterns’

Commonly called the red-veined enkianthus, this shrub is a member of the family Ericaceae making it closely related to Rhododendron. With a multitude of pendulous, pink flowers and its exciting fiery orange and scarlet autumn colors, this plant is a lovely addition to the Harry Wood Garden.  The enclosed microclimate that traps and reflects sunlight makes a suitable environment for this shrub that is most comfortable in zones 7-8.  The cultivar was selected for its especially dark pink flowers with red veins. photo credit: D. Mattis

 

 Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Ruy's Pink' JTB [7]

Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Ruy’s Pink’

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4 Tips to Planning a Fabulous Garden Visit

June 4 2015 RHR 016It is garden visiting season. While it is always a pleasure to visit a garden, here are some tips to make the whole experience a delight from our trip planner extraordinaire, Julie Jenney, Education Program Coordinator for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

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Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks! photo credit: R. Robert

1.Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks!

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