Seasonal Highlights: Spring

“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse - neon green with so much yellow in it.  It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.” 

―Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World 

 

April Fool's Day Flowers:

April Fool's Day Flowers : Iris reticulata intermingling with Winter Aconites in the Winter Garden.
April Fool's Day Flowers : Chrismas Rose, or Hellebore, blooming in the Winter Garden.
April Fool's Day Flowers : The field of daffodils is not blooming just yet, but you can see the show will begin soon!
April Fool's Day Flowers : Glowing crocus flowers.
April Fool's Day Flowers : A grand sweep of Crocus blooming along Pliny's Allée.
April Fool's Day Flowers : These miniature yellow Iris, Iris danfodiae, are cheerfully lighting up a corner of the Winter Garden.
April Fool's Day Flowers : Pushkinia, a relative of Glory-of-the-Snow, and one of the earliest bulbs to flower.
April Fool's Day Flowers : You have to stoop down, and prop the flower up, but as you can see this is a Double Snowdrop!
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Early Spring Flowers

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Now Blooming in Tower Hill's Conservatories 

Dutchman's Pipe : Aristolochia gigantea, a vigorous vine that climbs the northwest wall of the Orangerie, with unusual flowers throughout the year.
Golden Chalice Vine : (Solandra maxima)
The Golden Chalice Vine is native to Mexico and Central America. These remarkable flowers are about six inches across and four inches deep. The blooms have a subtle fragrance that is different to each person: it has been described as coconut, banana, sun tan lotion, vanilla and bread  pudding! Although it isn’t edible, it is in the same family as tomatoes, potatoes and nightshade. Grown indoors the Golden Chalice Vine can be trained as a shrub or allowed to climb.
Camellias : Our indoor collection contains over thirty-five camellias and twenty different cultivars, many of which came from Isabella Stewart Gardner and Nathaniel Dexter’s personal greenhouse collections. Not hardy below Zone 7, they can thrive as potted shrubs indoors and be moved outside during the warmer summer months. When outside these glossy-leaved shrubs prefer partially shaded, sheltered areas with moist but well-drained soil. They often bloom from January to March and make a stunning late winter display.
Blue Butterfly Bush : (Clerodendrum uganadense)
Who could resist a plant whose every bloom looks like a blue butterfly? With its two-tone flowers and charmingly extended pistils, each flower looks as if it could fly! This small shrub from comes from Kenya and Uganda in East Africa and is related to mint and oregano. It is hardy only to Zone 10 but can thrive as a houseplant and has a lengthy bloom time. Our specimen can be found in the Milton Gallery.