Today was beautiful and sunny with a high near 60 degrees F.  Plants are really starting to awaken out in the gardens now.  Daffodils (Narcissus) are starting to bloom with many of our “minor bulbs” like snowdrops (Galanthus), winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis), striped squill (Puschkinia libanotica) and Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) are still going, Read More

It was another productive day at the gardens.  The grape hyacinths (Muscari sp.) pictured throughout this blog are still 2-3 weeks away from blooming but are one of my favorite bulbs (native to Eurasia) for incorporating a nice “cooling color” in to the spring garden.  The two photos above feature Muscari armeniacum.  With so, Read More

The white forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum) is one of the earliest blooming shrubs I’ve ever observed and photographed.  We don’t currently have a specimen at RBG but we will some day.  All of these photos are from the same cluster of three white forsythias at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (OBG) in Madison, WI.  A couple years, Read More

I think I’ll let the photos in this blog speak for themselves.  I took all of these photos at Keukenhof (Netherlands) a couple of years ago and thought we could all use a little spring color and can hopefully imagine the scent of this popular bulb.  Garden hyacinths (Hyacinthus) have a long history of, Read More

While it’s not unusual to have some late March snow showers, we don’t see it so often in April.  This spring I’ve seen late snow showers across a wide range of the Northern and Eastern USA.  We had a 1″ snowfall last night which looked beautiful out in the gardens (alpine garden above) but, Read More

This bulb featured in the blog today wont be blooming for another month or so but will emerge quickly over the coming weeks.  The summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) is a fall planted bulb in the Amaryllidaceae family.  Native to Western Asia and portions of Europe, this bulb tolerates clay soils, is deer resistant and, Read More

The lack of photos in this blog doesn’t reflect the amount of activity out in the gardens today.  We had a very busy day for both grounds staff and volunteers.  It never really warmed up much but at least we didn’t get the snow they had out East.  They have sure had their share. , Read More

Just a little “behind-the-scenes” update that spring is hitting full speed at the gardens in many ways. Bulbs are emerging quickly with many of our earliest bulbs like snowdrops (Galanthus sp.), Danford irises (Iris danfordiae), winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and glory-in-the-snow (Chionodoxa) blooming strongly.  We now also have the start of Siberian squill (Scilla, Read More

Last night I did a presentation up at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI) and I’m glad I took my camera.  I had a brief 30 minutes out in the gardens but was able to catch the early evening lighting and saw lots of interesting things out in the gardens.  Above is the ‘Harmony’ reticulated, Read More

I’m not sure why I’ve not featured the beautiful and early-blooming leopard’s bane (Doronicum orientale) in past blogs.  This perennial in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) is native to Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia with a hardiness to zone 3.  Almost all of these photos are of the variety ‘Little Leo’ which has semi-double flowers, Read More