At the Arboretum 1-23-24

Misty, chilly and gloomy at the Arboretum and snow is still on the ground. A hawk flew overhead sending small birds scurrying for cover in the shrubs. An evergreen Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore) behind Matilda’s cottage is getting ready to open its chartreuse flowers. A Tsuga canadensis cv. Detmer’s Weeper (Weeping Canadian Hemlock) in front of Matilda’s cottage is hanging on to its delicate little cones; and the Picea abies cv. Inversa (Weeping Norway Spruce cultivar) in the Four Seasons Garden is showing off a couple of beautifully shingled, large cones, the largest cones of any Spruce.

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.