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Gardens at Bowling Green

Flowers! Already!

We have snowdrops: And crocuses: And the wonderful-smelling winter honeysuckle: All the bulbs on the Caton Strip are up, ready to bloom soon and even the rosebushes are sending out new growth: It’s going to be a wonderful spring!

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Winter on the Green

Winter is never lifeless. Many of the plants that live for years die back to the ground, but if you look you can see the new leaves waiting to grow: Sedum                                                                            Chrysanthemum Mullein and hollyhock Asters Then there are the plants that are green all winter long:   Various groundcovers                   Wild strawberries                                                        […]

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Fall Comes to the Gardens on the Green

You may have wondered how the narrow strip of land running along Caton Ave. can host so many different kinds of flowers. Early in the spring we get flowering bulbs, and as soon as they’re finished the violets and Italian arum begin to bloom. As the year progresses we have irises, day lilies, bee balm, […]

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Riding the Rails

Many of the showy fall flowers are climbers, such as Morning glories: Fall clematis:   Bind Weed Do you see the bee flying towards the flower? There’s also porcelain berry. The flowers are tiny, but the clusters of berries will turn pale and speckled. I’ve seen many insects on the flowers, so they must provide […]

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Spring is Here!

Spring is well under weigh! The strip of flowers along Caton is spectacular: White cabbage butterflies have been feeding there in such numbers that people stop to stare at them. Why are they called “cabbage” butterflies? Because they lay their eggs on cabbage plants and the caterpillars eat the leaves. Farmers hate them – but […]

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Lady Greene has a new home

Well, she’s waited for a long time, but we  think Lady Greene finally has a real home. Here’s the report Barbara just got from her new person: She has been amazing still shy doesn’t like any toys or cat nip but she is so friendly I wake up and she’s always laying on my bed

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March ON! Spring is truely here

The hellebores (yellow and purple) are in bloom. And so are the hyacinths: The first daffodils are open on the Caton strip.  In the foreground is our little holly tree; in the background you can see the plum tree coming into bloom. Did you know that in Japan there are festivals to celebrate the plum […]

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This time it really is spring!

The Italian arum has kept its beautiful silver-veined leaves even under the snow… … but now the snowdrops and the hellebores……are announcing that the end of winter has truly come. The starlings are back too. They were gone all winter, but today they were on the Green, whistling and chirping. I couldn’t get a good […]

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