Archive for March, 2009

March Flora Watch

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I took a walk this past Saturday around N.C. State’s campus, J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and my own Gorman Street to see what’s what right now in the landscape. I’m not sure if we’re safely out of danger from frost yet between the alternating snow and eighty-degree weather, but it’s definitely spring. I saw lots of yellow and white blossoms plus the beginnings of new leaves of a lot of the shrubs and some of the trees. By the way, the stinky-but-pretty (and overplanted, frankly) bradford pears ([Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford']) are also in bloom so that’s probably the source of any random smells of decay.

Highlights from the [flickr photoset]:

<i>Narcissus willkommii</i>

Narcissus willkommii


Artemisia (wormwood)

<i>Crocus vernus</i>

Crocus vernus

<i>Fatsia japonica</i>

Fatsia japonica (aralia)

<i>Forsythia</i> X <i>intermedia</i>

Forsythia X intermedia (spring forsythia)

<i>Hammamelis virginiana</i> 'Sunburst'

Hammamelis virginiana 'Sunburst' (witch hazel)

<i>Hyacinthus orientalis</i> 'Blue Festival'

Hyacinthus orientalis 'Blue Festival'

<i>Iberis sempervirens</i>

Iberis sempervirens (candytufts)

<i>Lonicera fragrantissima</i> (fragrant winter honeysuckle)

Lonicera fragrantissima (fragrant winter honeysuckle)

<i>Magnolia</i> X <i>soulangiana</i> (saucer magnolia)

Magnolia X soulangiana (saucer magnolia)

<i>Phlox subulata</i> (moss pinks)

Phlox subulata (moss pinks)

<i>Berberis julianae</i>

Berberis julianae (wintergreen barberry)