What's Blooming Wednesday - Baptisia + County Cork Bearded Iris

Baptisia

Baptisia

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

Have you seen the Baptisia blooming? Also known as 'twilite prairieblues', the false indigo a great native. We love how it fills in and has a subtle 'smokey' color. This baptisia is a hybrid with great height and volume for the garden. It's quite drought-tolerant and looks great in August (when other plants tend to look 'really thirsty'). Also, you'll notice in August very interesting and striking seed pods...stay tuned for those! 

We're also seeing the County Cork Bearded Iris. This beautiful plant skyrockets to over 3 feet tall with an impressive show of giant blooms. We are in love with this iris - a real show stopper! Plus, deer won't eat it - which is great for Maryland gardens! If you're interested in adding one of these to your garden, we recommend buying from Breck's - BONUS: it's actually on sale right now!

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Baptisia

Baptisia

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

National Public Gardens Day

Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center

As an ardent visitor and member of some great public gardens here in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and our Nation's Capitol, we urge you to celebrate National Public Gardens Day by visiting one near you today!  To our Intreegue Design team, a public garden is a place to showcase our favorite medium — plants! It's also a place to 'get down and do some earthing'! To the community, a public garden can be an amazing resource for creating a sense of environmental responsibility, community engagement, and a place for learning. These special gardens are also a vibrant resources for sustainable practices and conversation. Many public gardens offer programs on plant conservation, water conservation, the preservation of green spaces, etc.

We recently visited one of our favorite public gardens, Mt. Cuba Center for a native orchids lecture. We toured their gardens and greenhouses, which hold some of the rarest native plants in the region - they work to conserve their genetic code for research, restoration and the enjoyment of their guests. They have a variety of programs offered at their location - from botany to sustainable gardening, eco-printed scarf making to floral painting! They are celebrating today with reduced admission and special activities. 

Another favorite is Ladew Gardens, named one of the top five gardens in North America! We recently visited for their annual Green Festival and took in the delightful views among their renowned gardens. The grounds contain more than 15 'garden rooms' — devoted to a single color, a single plant or a single theme (such as Water Lily Garden, Pink Garden and Rose Garden). In addition to the garden rooms, what Ladew is really known for its topiaries — they maintain over 100 topiaries on the property. They also offer special events and classes, including adult, children and family education.

Ladew

Ladew

Ladew

Ladew

Gardens located all over the country are celebrating the day - find out participants near you on the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page! 

And don't forget, Colleen Vacelet will be speaking at Cylburn Arboretum on Saturday - a lecture titled: Cultivating a Pollinator Habitat.

Here is a list of some of our favorites: (a few of which we've done projects for!):

Desert Botanical Gardens

Desert Botanical Gardens