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Peirce's Woods in Bloom

April 30, 2009

<em>Phlox</em> 'Sherwood Purple', Tiarella and a Redbud tree blooming in Peirce's Woods (image by L. Albee)With the 90 degree weather we had over the weekend, suddenly all the flowers in Peirce’s Woods have opened all at once. Thankfully the weather has cooled off, so the flowers should remain at their peak longer.

Peirce’s Woods is an art form garden, composed with native plants. The central design theme is large horizontal sweeps of groundcover’s balancing the strong vertical lines of the mature tree trunks. Most of our native woodland flowers take advantage of the brief period in early spring before the trees fully leaf out, to grow, flower and set seed. The two main groundcover’s currently stealing the show are sweeps white Foam Flowers (Tiarella) and ‘Sherwood Purple’ Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera). The purple and white sweeping groundcover’s are echoed by the small flowering trees; purple flowering Redbud (Cercis canadensis) and white flowering Silverbells (Halesia) with Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida). Other flowers blooming in Peirce’s Woods right now are Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia), Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata), Rue-Anemone (Thalictrum thalictrodies), and Mayapple’s (Podophyllum peltatum). Right now is the best time to see Peirce’s Woods in bloom.

Peirce's Woods in Bloom, Foam Flowers (Tiarella) drift across the middle path



Peirce's Woods up close, clockwise from top left: Foam Flower (Tiarella), 'Sherwood Purple' Phlox (Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'), Showy Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)




Clockwise from top left: Redbud (<em>Cercis canadensis</em>), Carolina Silverbell (<em>Halesia tetraptera</em>), Flowering Dogwood (<em>Cornus florida</em>), Pinkshell Azalea (<em>Rhododendron vaseyi</em>)









Clockwise from top left: Dwarf Fothergilla (<em>Fothergilla gardenii</em>), Allspice (<em>Calycanthus floridus</em>), Yellow Trillium (<em>Trillium luteum</em>), Red Buckeye (<em>Aesculus pavia</em>)