A morning at the Dallas Arboretum at any time of the year is always a treat. Their spring plantings are especially nice.
Much 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.
Now, 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.
This 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.
The 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.
There 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.
A 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.
Hope 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