Late Spring at Dallas Arboretum

A morning at the Dallas Arboretum at any time of the year is always a treat.  Their spring plantings are especially nice.

dallasarborThese Cleomes (Cleome hasslerana) with the common name of Sparkler Mix were much prettier than this picture shows.

dallasarbor2Much of the vegetation at the gardens are shade plants.  Therefore, I do not know the name of many of them, so I’ll just show the pictures.  I live in a world of direct sun.  Picture a child’s drawing with the sun rays reaching the ground.   The Death Star, as I’ve heard it called, nukes us in the good ole summertime.

If you know the names of any of these plants, for shade or sun, I’ll love to hear from you.


dallasarbor4The tree with the fuzzy clump on the end of the branches got my attention.

dallasarbor5Now, if I ever do live where there is shade, I definitely want one of these Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea Quercifolia).  In Texas, that usually means places with lots of humidity (ugh).   Dripping wet with sweat most of the year is not fun.

dallasarbor6But I do love these bushes.

dallasarbor8This is one of those small ornamental trees that I think I should know the name of, but can’t remember.

dallasarbor7Very genteel looking.

dallasarboraThere are always large expanses of the same flowers at the gardens.  Look beyond the red at the floral Peacock in the background.

dallasarborbThis large grassy area is often used for special exhibits.  The people on the left give size perspective.  The girl on the right and her family are getting photos taken to celebrate quinceanera.  In the Mexican and Latin American culture, this is the coming out or debut of a 15 year old girl into society as entering adulthood.

Pictures of her in a hoop gown and a huge family party are parts of this tradition.  It’s not uncommon to see several girls and their families being photographed at these gardens.  Perfect setting.

dallasarborcThe beak of the two peacocks are metal cones and the crest feathers are real peacock feathers.

dallasarbordVery nicely done.


dallasarborfThe opening between these two concrete pillars lead into a small reflecting pond and sculptured hedges.



dallasarboriThese grayish pines seem out of place to me.  In the background is White Rock Lake.

dallasarborjThe deep red flowers of these Red Yuccas are bolder than the varieties with a coral red blossoms.  Very striking.

dallasarborkOccasionally, some plants have an identification sign.  These pink flowers are listed as Wild Garlic (Tulbaghia comensii).

dallasarborlConeflowers, maybe?

dallasarbormThe 22 acre Camp estate above was added in 1980 to the original 66 acre grounds of the DeGolyer estate to complete the present size of the Arboretum.  The DeGolyer house and estate were acquired in 1976 for the gardens.

dallasarbornThis seems a strange combination of plants.  But everyone’s taste is different.

dallasarborpThe Millet is an interesting plant that is not seen often in our area.  Maybe because it’s not available or doesn’t do well here?

dallasarborqThere is a test garden area which was confusing to me because there were many well know plants there.  Maybe they were new varieties.  Once again, I feel like a guided tour would have been helpful to a plant novice, like me.

dallasarborrSalvia Sallyfun Snowhite Danziger (2011) on the label.

dallasarborsAs we leave the Arboretum, there is a container with a purple thriller, probably a salvia, a pretty white lacy spiller, and a begonia filler.

dallasarbortA serene scene provided by Heliotrope ‘Scentropia Dark Blue’ (Heliotropium arborescens): purple flowers and Euphorbia ‘Diamon Drost’ (Euphorbia hybrida) : the white ones.  Information provided on labels.

dallasarborvBegonias in abundance.

dallasarboruHope you have a chance to visit gardens near you for a plant fix, if you need one, like me.  Although my preferences have shifted the last few years to native plants, I still enjoy the lushness of gardens that require water and more water.

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”    Winston Churchill

2 thoughts on “Late Spring at Dallas Arboretum

  1. The peacock is amazing. I’ll bet it is really stunning when you see it there.

    You should come see us sometime and go to Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. It is huge — can’t see it all in one day.

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