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 August 6, 2018
Japanese Pagodatree, Styphnolobium japonicum, several locations
Harlequin glorybower, Clerodendron tricotomum, Fountain Ave.
Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, several locations
Chinese silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.
Trumpetcreeper, Campsis radicans, Chestnut Ave.
Summersweet, Clethra alnifolia, many locations
Orange coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rosebay Ave.
Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, several locations
Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, several locations
Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Hyacinth Path
Fleeceflower, Persicaria affinis, Birch Garden
Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Cypress Ave.
Bugbane, Cimicifuga racemosa, several locations
Phlox, Phlox sp., several locations
Evodia, Tetradium daniellii, Cedar Ave.
Corkwood, Poliothyrsis sinensis, 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
Azalea, Rhododendron sp., Bluejay Path
Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Meadow Rd.
Goldenrod, Solidago sp., Mountain Ave.
Spotted mint, Monarda punctata, Mountain Ave.
Nodding onion, Allium cernuum Mountain Ave.
Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.
Bee balm, Monarda fistulosa, Mountain Ave.
Branched coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba, Mountain Ave.
Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.
Water lily, Nymphaea odorata, Auburn Lake
Hosta, Hosta sp., several locations
Daylily, Hemerocallis sp., several locations
Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla sp., several locations
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
Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Azalea Path
Obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana, Azalea Path
Mum, Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’, Azalea Path
New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, Azalea Path
Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path
‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.
Astilbe, Astilbe, sp., several locations
Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Almy Rd.
Geranium, Geranium sp. several locations
False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden
Delphinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden
Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sp., Greenhouse garden
Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Greenhouse garden
Coneflower, Echinacea sp., Greenhouse garden
Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascena, 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
German statice, Limonium latifolium, Greenhouse garden
Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus, Greenhouse garden
Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Greenhouse garden
Spider flower, Cleome ‘Higro Pink’, Greenhouse garden
Sea holly, Eryngium alpinum, Greenhouse garden
Globe amaranth, Gomphrena sp., Greenhouse garden
Starflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, Greenhouse garden
Poppy, Papaver sonniferum, Greenhouse garden
Mountain bluet, Centaurea Montana, Greenhouse garden
Globe thistle, Echinops sp., Greenhouse garden
Baby’s breath, Gypsophelia paniculata, Greenhouse garden
Marigold, Tagetes sp., several locations
Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path
Carolina allspice, Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’, Beech Ave.
Carolina allspice, Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Venus’, Beech Ave.
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 email@example.com.
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…)
…And all rare blossoms from every clime
Grew in that garden in perfect prime.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
We encourage all to visit our newly renovated Asa Gray Garden. In collaboration with the award-winning Halvorson Design Partnership and R. P. Marzilli Landscape Contractor, this garden includes a diverse mix of 130 taxa of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals and bulbs which will provide four-seasons of color, texture and interest. An enlarged central water feature and reflecting pool help create a sense of calm within this newly re-designed meditative landscape.
…made him feel as if the fountain were an immortal spirit
that sung its song unceasingly
and without heeding the vicissitudes around it…
In lieu of specific plant discussion, we recall this garden’s namesake, the preeminent nineteenth century botanist, Asa Gray (1810-1888). The eldest of eight siblings of a farmer/tanner in Sauquoit, New York, he graduated from Fairfield Medical College in 1831. Lynn Barber in The Heyday of Natural History 1820-1870 states, “At the beginning of the nineteenth century, all laymen and most scientists believed that the earth and all the species on it had been created by God in six days towards the end of October in the year 4004 B.C.” Gray eschewed an incipient medical practice for a botanical life that led to decades of research and publishing. Later botanical renown positioned him to become the foremost American advocate of Charles Darwin (1809-1882), when in 1859, Origin of Species revealed the then heretical theory of evolution and the process of natural selection. (more…)
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in…
We do not know what Joni Mitchell was thinking when she penned these words in 1970. Although, as with much fine artistry, there are multitudinous interpretations unknown to the artist. Herein with Baptisia australis, blue false indigo we focus on the flower color and the plant’s reliable capacity to fill in an empty space. Native from New York/Pennsylvania south to Texas and Georgia, this three-to-four-foot high and wide perennial, develops into a small shrub-like mass. Its alternate, leaves are palmately compound with three 1 ½ to 3-inch leaflets, developing into a bluish-green color. The flowers occur in late May – early June on long terminal racemes. Each flower is about 1-inch long, indigo-blue, although color ranges also to pale lavender or dark violet. (more…)