Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Mt. Cuba Gardens, Stroll with me!

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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 9, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Jan, Aspenhill (Terri) and I had a great time meandering the figure-8 trail at Mt. Cuba Garden Center. The azaleas blooming here and there definitely got our attention, but our amazement was really for the swaths and clumps of blooming wildflowers, all native to the "Piedmont Region." They are also caretakers & curators of a nationally recognized collection of trilliums.

I generally trailed behind Jan and Terri, not because my legs were lazy, but because I kept stopping every 3 to 10 steps for another photo!

I'll be uploading appropriate photos to the database, so please do not do that for me (some need additional cropping or tweaking).

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I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 9, 2017 5:56 PM CST
*click * to enlarge... these photos are mostly widescreen, so only the center portion shows on the thumbnails

Also, please note that I will be uploading many of these photos to the database... please do NOT do it for me!! In some cases, I'll want to re-edit them to a different crop (such as a square) first, to better show the plant.

Licorice Fern... Mayapple with pink bloom... Phlox stolonifera 'Smith'.. Twisted Trillium... Large Yellow Ladyslipper... Dwrf Larkspur, Delphinium tricorne... Showy Trillium (click to also see Twin Leaf)... Shooting Star... "Green & Gold," Chrysogonum virginianum

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I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
May 9, 2017 8:05 PM CST
I can't believe I've never visited Mt. Cuba before now since it is only 17 miles from my house. Will definitely revisit.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 9, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Great Pictures Jill, used love driving through that area!
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
May 10, 2017 6:03 AM CST
What a wonderful walk in the spring woods. And those trillium !!!!!!! Wow just WOW.
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
May 10, 2017 8:07 AM CST
There was a trillium garden that must have had hundredssss of plants. No idea how many varieties. Phenomenal!
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
May 10, 2017 8:58 AM CST
I never knew that most of the trilliums in Jill's lovely pictures even existed!
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 10, 2017 9:22 AM CST
hah, you ain't seen nuthin' yet
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 10, 2017 9:25 AM CST
I had no idea some of these plants existed.

I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 10, 2017 9:25 AM CST
But I'm going to keep you in suspense until the next rainy day (coming soon, no worries there, LOL).
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
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flowersrjen
May 10, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Let me know Jan and would love to set up a day trip
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
May 10, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Hehehe, Jen. I'll wait for a dry, warmish day.
How long do trilliums bloom?
OH, and the buckeye was glorious!
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 10, 2017 12:05 PM CST
They have a remarkable collection of trilliums, and my guess is that the "show" will continue through a couple more weekends... the different species don't all bloom at once.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Sue Duff
sewell Nj (Zone 7a)
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SueD
May 10, 2017 1:57 PM CST
if you guys head out this weekend or next weekend or mid June, let me know. I don't live too far.

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Name: Sue Duff
sewell Nj (Zone 7a)
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SueD
May 10, 2017 1:58 PM CST
wonder if they would care if i dropped off a few ostrich fern? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
May 10, 2017 4:07 PM CST
For me, I was thinking next May about this time. Cuz in a couple weeks I'll be heading to NY followed by Jeff when he gets out of school first weekend in June. We will be up there most of the summer helping a son do some reno on a house they are closing on at the end of May. We'll be popping back periodically to NJ, but summers we are gone.
When I do I'll post to see if anybody can go.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 11, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Slideshow is done and resized! I'll continue where I left off...

Remember to click if you want the widescreen shot! :-)

cinnamon fern... Tiarella & yellow trilliums... and some fuzzy pods that had us wondering until we found a sign later and went D'Oh!

we thought "mountain laurel" seeing the shrub in the 2nd to last photo in this set

The size of the azaleas and rhodis was really something... let us know we were walking through an old estate!



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I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 11, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Following the downhill path brought us to a magically beautiful series of ponds and streams. We found out later that the Japanese Primrose blooming at the water's edge is the only non-native grown in these gardens -- because Mrs. DuPont so loved them. I can see why!

Along the way we spotted jack in the pulpit, columbine, red buckeye, and a huge Carolina allspice that made us rethink where we'd put the baby "bubby bushes" SallyG shared with us LOL.


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I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 11, 2017 7:21 AM CST
The trillium in this set didn't have a sign by it, but the plants by the lake are Dwarf Blue Dogbane (Amsonia taburnaemontana) and (really tall!) Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis). The azalea in the last 2 photos is 'Pink Mist'. Isn't the stone-stack mushroom cute?


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I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Donner
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Donnerville
May 11, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Beautiful!!!

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