Thursday, May 31, 2012
These are not raspberries but ripening Blackberries -- usually a fruit of much later, it won't be long until these are ready for picking (they turn black when ripe). The abundance of berries in the garden is astounding after our mildest winter AND spring on record.
Ripe winter wheat in the Old Missouri Quilt Garden is also a first for this early. Here's your chance to see this beautiful grass up close and be sure to see its contrasting color enhancing the quilt pattern of the garden when viewed from the Silo's observation deck.
The flouncy puff balls of the Annabelle hydrangea's flowers are making their change from lime to cream and white so are at their peak of beauty in the garden. Normally a flower of midsummer they are a sight to savor now on the Island Garden.
Come sit a spell on the Island Garden and find yourself ensconced in flowers in all shapes and sizes from little cuties on the living wall to the waterlilies in the pools and of course be among the gorgeous hydrangeas.
The Hardy Mimosas (Albizzia julibrissin var. rosea 'E.H. Wilson') are also in bloom with their powder puff flowers of vibrant pink. Hummingbirds and butterflies love these lightly fragrant flowers and they can be seen north of the Visitor Center.
Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia davidii) have reached unprecedented sizes of 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide and are in FULL bloom already. Watch for our flying flowers (butterflies) imbibing nectar from their wonderfully fragrant flowers throughout the gardens.
I was shocked to see the Rose-of-Sharons (Hibiscus syriacus) are already in bloom too. This is the cultivar 'Bluebird' besides the Heartland Harvest Garden's Seed-to-Plate Greenhouse. These flowers ARE edible and make a spectacular garnish to a summer plate or salad.
So come and savor the new summer season at Powell Gardens. Even the Fountain Garden is already a favorite stop by our young visitors as a place to cool off and get wet after an adventure to experience all the Fairy Houses and Forts.