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What’s in Bloom: Baby It’s Cold Outside!

But where’s the snow?!  In the Show Garden, the candles of Pinus parviflora ‘Hagaromo’ (Japanese white pine) have a light dusting of snow at their base.

On Wednesday, the blooms of this Helleborus niger (Hellebore, Christmas rose) in the Demonstration Garden, were looking pretty good!  Since the weekend they are somewhat worse-for-wear.  Flowers will bloom in the snow and can tolerate sub-zero temperatures, due to their cellular composition.

The red berries of Cotoneaster nanshan ‘Boer’ (Creeping cotoneaster) add a shot of colour to the Terrace Garden West Bank.  The berries will persist well into winter.

The ‘living sculpture’ within the metal cages, is a key feature of the Arrival Courtyard.  The Fagus sylvatica (European beech) hold their leaves through winter, while the round, tight flower buds of the Cornas mas (Cornelian cherry) can just be seen through the mix of branches.

Winter is a great time to test your identification skills.  Many perennials hold their seeds and/or spent flowers through winter until cold, wind, snow or rain force them off.  Here, Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed) displays its 4″ seed pods which have split.


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