November’s wet and windy weather was no deterrent for our Tuesday Gardeners, who raced to finish an ambitious fall planting agenda before the end of the gardening season. In the course of just several weeks, 27 MSPC volunteers planted 58 shrubs, 69 perennials, and 150 bulbs. Plants included barberry, dwarf pines, hydrangeas, fuchsias, herbs, daffodils, and tulips.
‘White Doves’ Camellia sasanqua, pictured above, is one of our favorites. It blooms early and over a long period with snow white double flowers. As a bonus, it’s scented. ‘White Doves’ is a cultivar that originated over a century ago in Japan, where it is known as ‘Mine-no-yuki,’ or “Snow on the Ridge.’ You can see ‘White Doves’ in landscape bed 526.
Sasanqua camellias are called winter camellias because their approximate two-month long bloom time varies from October to February.
MSPS selects plants based on their contribution to the overall design of the bed, as well as considerations such as bloom time, fall color, scent, attraction to pollinators, and general interest to the public. Plant recommendations are made by a committee composed of gardeners, garden designers, and with input from our city horticulturist and head-gardener, Brian Smith.