August 2020 in the Garden - "plenty of flowers to go around"

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Douglas Justice's August 2020 in the Garden - UBC Botanical Garden blog is up now, with lots of good photos, and links from each plant mentioned to Garden Explorer, where there are more photos.
    As an aside, Douglas has also started the August 2020 In the Neighbourhood - UBC Botanical Garden - same deal, good descriptions and photos, and links to Garden Explorer.

    Here is a little dalliance on the entrance plaza, on the way to the plants written up in the blog. Actually, this first I didn't even notice, if you can imagine, until I was driving out. I asked someone who was walking by for the name, but what she said wasn't right. I think maybe Phlox?
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    Here are two favourites - Gladiolus murielae and Lilium 'Casa Blanca' (I think - it's the only lily that's supposed to be on the entrance plaza).
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    The x Chitalpa tashkentensis [Edited - as Ron B says below, the cultivar is 'Pink Dawn'] is in bloom now. I posted one of these for ID several years ago, and I have posted this many times. Douglas wrote a blog article about it: July 2016 in the Garden - UBC Botanical Garden.
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    OK, into the garden now. Even I can't miss seeing these Inula racemosa 'Sonnenspeer' - they are very near the garden entrance. These are not so easy to photograph, as most of the flowers are above my height. Fortunately, there was one that had fallen over.
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    Not far from these, but on the south side of Upper Asian Way, is a large planting of Strobilanthes attenuata. I like the row of hairs on the leaf midrib in the last photo.
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    I think the Strobilanthes have done in the 'Mutabilis' rose, which I saw last month but did not seem to be in evidence today.

    Down the path from the Strobilanthes is the best group of Anemone hupehensis.
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    Here is another break in the program. I stopped to look at my favourite Sorbus - S. pseudovilmorinii (such a great fruit colour)
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    and was so surprised to see this Saxifraga stolonifera almost underneath the Sorbus. There is not any cultivar name associated with this on the database. I just yesterday posted (Appreciation: - Out and About) what looks like the exact same plant from a park near English Bay. Hmm - there was a tree in that park that came from UBCBG - I wonder if the saxifrage came from UBCBG as well. I found a photo from VanDusen that I thought looked the same, had the cultivar name 'Harvest Moon'.
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    I should have read that In the Neighbourhood page. Pictured there is Phlox carolina ‘Bill Baker’. I only saw the one on the entrance plaza from a distance, but it looks pretty similar. [Edited - that's confirmed now]. [Edited again - I'll take that back, see Ron B's posting below].
     
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    I wasn't even going to photograph any hydrangeas mentioned, but I decided to stop by to see my old friend (What shrub? Fuzzy-looking white flowers, opposite leaves), now in the blog called Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group.
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    In the north garden now - here is what the Main Lawn is looking like these days.
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    I had a little diversion here as well - this is Actaea cordifolia, Appalachian bugbane.
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    There is quite a bit of Clethra alnifolia, summersweet. I posted this for ID one year, was knocked out by the fragrance, which was there this time, but not as strong.
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    Where I first photographed the Clethra, it was surrounded by three Oxydendrum arboreum, sourwood. The inflorescences have the same general happy upward-pointing shape as the Clethra, seeming like a little theme going on there.
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    Here is Zenobia pulverulenta, in the Ericaceae family, which seems to be winter-blooming. It has been posted several times before, with flowers in June, September, November; and it was written up in a blog in January. But no flowers this week. I have never caught the fruits when they were black. The colour now is pretty nice, though.
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    Right nearby is one I have never heard of - Gaylussacia baccata, black huckleberry, also Ericaceae, with supposedly edible fruits. Of course I have not seen the red flowers, but they look pretty cool in internet photos.
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    Commercial web pages show and describe 'Harvest Moon' as a yellow foliage variant - I'm not sure the incidentally encountered plants you have been showing on the forum fit the bill.

    Also notice the linked to D. Justice article says the Chitalpa is the 'Pink Dawn' cultivar. I have the same kind at the entrance to my driveway.

    I don't think the Phlox is 'Bill Baker', anything attributed to P. carolina I would expect to look more like this

    Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker' - Mt. Cuba Center.

    whereas the planting you have shown here appears in your photo to have the general appearance typical of various tall- and straight stemmed, massively headed P. paniculata horticultural selections.
     
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    OK, thanks, so what was described in the August 2020 In the Neighbourhood - UBC Botanical Garden blog. I agree that the plants in your link look different.
     
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    I was way excited to see these Asclepias incarnata, which I recognized before I saw the label, as I had identified one of these in the West End a few days before.
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    Fruits on the Arbutus menziesii are attractive now. A lot of fruits start out green - I don't know why these seemed so unusual, but they were very striking.
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    Someone bumped the stumper at orange fruit, in which Eric La Fountaine a few years ago posted a close up of ripe fruits of Arbutus menziesii.
     

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