Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flowers in Bloom 1

Thanks to our wonderful Horticulture Dept., there's usually something in bloom here at the Museum from early spring through late fall.  During the month of April I found lots of blooms on the Museum grounds.  First, some white flowers...like dogwood blossoms (our Virginia state flower, by the way):
This "umbrella" of tiny white blossoms are from Viburnum sp., a type of shrub--which also goes by the common names of nannyberry, arrow-wood, or possum-haw:
Another lovely flowering shrub is choke berry (which has bright red berries in the fall):
Sedum is a type of succulent plant.  We have several varieties that grow on the Museum grounds--this particular one has delicate white flowers:
You might walk right past this flower and not really notice it.  It's the flower of the pawpaw tree, and it hangs downward like a bell.  I took the photo from underneath so you could see it better.  Many thanks to my friend and fellow educator, Bo Baker, for helping me to identify this flower!:
Another deep reddish flower--this one a Trillium:
Another flower that hangs bell-like is wild columbine.  I took a side-view photo and also one from underneath so you could see the beautiful orange-yellow center:
These azaleas are a spot of bright pink color:
And finally, the blue star, with its lovely soft blue color:
Hope you are enjoying spring!  More off the beaten path in two weeks.  We are getting closer and closer to getting our new VLM website up and running, so I'll make the shift to writing this blog directly from that website very soon.
Cheers,
Lisa






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