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Gardens at Bowling Green

Today’s trick question —

What color is an iris? There are also the flag irises (the yellow ones open first, purple later): And the Italian arum, the fancy spirea, the daisy fleabane – even the grasses are in bloom!   We also have a new tree: a purple-leafed plum: And the roses and bishop’s weed are in bloom too! […]

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What does a Gardener DO?

Well, we dig and water and weed and plant – but we also pay attention and try to work with the soil and light conditions. And we are the most hopeful people you’ll ever meet: we know that something good is always just around the corner. Right now the gloriously blooming strip along Caton has […]

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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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