Early Spring Fever

March 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

At Maymont near the Dooley Mansion dogwood (Cornus florida) blossoms just starting to show their color and fresh new leaves are emerging on many trees.  The Star Magnolias (Magnolia stellata) have shed their early spring blossoms and the yellow blossoms of the forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) are slowly being covered by the emerging green leaves.   The Italian Garden is in full bloom with tulips and pansy blossoms, overhead on the pergola the wisteria blooms are elongating promising fragrant blossoms in the near future.    While cherry blossoms (Prunus x subhirtella ‘Higan’) float on the breeze in the Japanese Garden, Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) bloom near the Robins Nature and Visitors Center.  Maymont is clothed in Spring. 

The tulips in the Italian Garden are planted each year in early November.  They are dug up in early May once all of the bulbs have bloomed.  The dug up bulbs are shared between the sika deer and the white-tail deer in our habitats and are enjoyed by these herbivores.  Tulips do not thrive in Richmond due to the soil temperatures.  A few cultivars will rebloom perennially but most cultivars will bloom poorly the second year then only send up leaves there after.  Tulips are treated like annuals here at Maymont and the staff takes the opportunity to create different colorful displays each spring for our visitors to enjoy.  We combine early, mid and late season blooming tulips to extend the colorful display. You can add a different spring sparkle to your garden by doing the same. 

Italian Garden March 2011

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