Published biannually, Sweet Auburn is an exploration and celebration of the many facets of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Topics covered in the magazine include art, architecture, biography, burial and commemoration, conservation, design, ecology, education, history, horticulture , genealogy, preservation, and wildlife. (more…)
Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons. See both a calendar and a list view of What’s in Bloom below:
What’s in Bloom: Week of September 3, 2018
Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, many locations
Franklin tree, Franklinia altamaha, Fir Ave.
Japanese anemone, Anemone hupehensis, @Sphinx
Broadleaf arrowhead, Sagittaria latifolia, Auburn Lake
Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.
Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.
Chinese sumac, Rhus chinensis, Halcyon Path
Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, several locations
Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rosebay Ave.
Sedum, Sedum ‘Firecracker’, Admin. bldg.
Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, many locations
Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Hyacinth Path
Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, several locations
Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Asa Gray garden
Prairie coneflower, Ratibida pinnata, Asa Gray garden
Mountain fleeceflower, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Asa Gray garden
Pale indian plantain, Cacalia atriplicifolia, Asa Gray garden
Scullcap, Scutellaria incana, Asa Gray garden
Candy sensation snowberry, Symphoricarpus doorenbosii, Field Rd.
Sedum, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Fir Ave.
Phlox, Phlox sp., several locations
Szechuan pepper, Zanthoxylum simulans, Daphne Path
Heather, Calluna vulgaris, Garden Ave.
Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations
‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx
Rose, Rosa sp., several locations
Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.
Northern blazing star, Liatris sp., Mountain Ave.
Aster, Aster sp. Mountain Ave.
Branched coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba, Mountain Ave.
Butterfly-weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.
Hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.
Water lily, Nymphaea odorata, Auburn Lake
Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations
Daylily, Hemerocallis sp., several locations
Trumpet creeper, Campsis radicans, Operation center
Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Willow Pond
Castor-aralia, Kalopanax septemlobus, Willow Ave.
Seven-son-flower, Heptacodium miconioides, Spelman Rd.
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., several locations
Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.
Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path
Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path
Butterfly bush, Buddleia ‘Nanho Purple’, Azalea Path
Joe-pye-weed, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’, Azalea Path
Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Azalea Path
Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path
Aster, Eurybia divaricata, Azalea Path
New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, Azalea Path
Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path
Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Pickerel weed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond
Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Almy Rd.
Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations
False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden
Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden
Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Greenhouse garden
Coneflower, Echinacea sp., Greenhouse garden
Lysianthus, Eustoma sp., Greenhouse garden
Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, Greenhouse garden
False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden
Speedwell, Veronica spicata Greenhouse garden
Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden
Verbena, Verbena sp., Greenhouse garden
Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden
Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Greenhouse garden
Ageratum, Ageratum sp., Greenhouse garden
Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden
Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden
Mountain bluet, Centaurea Montana, Greenhouse garden
Pink flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path
Marigold, Tagetes sp., Several locations
Mount Auburn Rap by Maria Lindberg
The squill is a thrill
Chionodoxa really rocks ya
Pansies and crocus bring it all into focus
Spice bush and lilacs delight the senses
Ivy twines around cast iron fences
Vinca hosta azealea silverbell
Escort the traveler on the way to the Dell
Orioles flit from spruce to beech
Hawks fly above with a warning screech
Turtles and bullfrogs and muskrats abound
Owls in their nests make nary a sound
Kingfishers herons and cormorants as well
Robins and phoebes have a story to tell
The Metasequoia of Auburn Lake
A perch for hawks and a migratory break
For warblers in May luring birders far and wide
Wonder and song are the gifts they provide
The American elm and the mighty oak
Guard the eternal sleep of the silent folk
Of Mount Auburn Cemetery
If you see a tree or plant in bloom that is not on this list, please leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
with a mind like a tornado redefining the landscape…
-Haki R. Madhubuti
Nineteen-thirty-eight certainly had an abundant amount of what everyone often refers to as “the good old days.” At the movies the Academy Award for Best Picture went to You Can’t Take it with You, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, another comedy was Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and of course the leopard named Baby. The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathborne drew audiences along with Angels with Dirty Faces starring James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart and period favorites, The Dead-End Kids. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced together again in Carefree, and Astaire had his hand and footprints cast in cement at Grauman’s Theatre in Hollywood. (more…)
In the dogdays of summer as muslin curls on its own heat
And crickets cry in the black walnut tree
The winds lift up my life
And set it some distance from where it was…
End of July, beginning of August qualify as the “dog days of summer” from the eras of the ancient Greeks and Romans (July 24 – August 24), down through time to readers of the Book of Common Prayers (July 6 – August 7), on to contemporary readers of the Old Farmer’s Almanac (July 3 – August 11). Often including the hottest stretch of summer weather, this phrase’s etymology began with an astronomical connection to the rising of Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky, part of the constellation Canis major, the Greater Dog. (more…)