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March 22, 2014

What’s Blooming 03-23-14

Spring brings blooms to the Garden

Finally, spring is here! The bulbs in the garden are blooming like crazy!

It’s so striking to see those perky yellow flowers of the narcissus and the fragrance of the hyacinths is almost overwhelming. In my research of plants I’m always intrigued with how plants got their name.  Did you know that the genus Narcissus is from Greek mythology?  Narcissus was a handsome young man who was looking in a pool of water and fell in love with his own reflection.  While trying to embrace his reflection in the pool of water, he drowned.  Legend has it that daffodils grew at the site where he died, and so the daffodil is often called “the flower of death.”  

I’ve also noticed the foliage of the surprise lilies emerging out in the garden. During this time of year, the surprise lilies will give your garden a nice foliage display for a couple of months, but then the foliage will die back. However, sometime around August the flowers will emerge overnight, hence the name “surprise lily.”     

When in full bloom our saucer magnolias and the plum tree, which is located in the orchard, are some of the most beautiful flowering trees we have in the garden. I have the luxury of looking out my office window and seeing this beautiful display of white/pinkish flowers that will usually last for several weeks. The saucer magnolia is a smaller tree than the southern magnolia and it’s not an evergreen like the southern magnolia.

The saucer magnolia also displays it’s flowers before the foliage emerges.

Laura Payne is the volunteer and events coordinator at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University and a field producer for the television program “Oklahoma Gardening.” She can be reached at laura.payne@ok-state.edu.

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