Stolen Glimpses

Campus resident

Did this campus resident call the cops?

I took a walk over to the college to look at the perennial borders, as I do three or four times each summer. Today I attracted two police cars. “There have been reports of break-ins,” the peace officer said, “but I can see you are just a member of the photography club.” I showed him the pictures I had taken and assured him I was not “casing the joint.”

Click to enlarge the pictures.

The north-facing borders are full of a very fine red-leafed Ligularia dentata that is just opening its buds; a deep purple Aconitum (monkshood), Lysmachia, both green-leaf and variegated forms, Hellebore, Cimicifuga/Actaea, Physostegia, Astrantia, and Alchemilla.

North facing border

North facing border

Ligularia dentata flower buds. The leaves are dark red in early spring and gradually turn green on top, the undersides remaining red.

Ligularia dentata flower buds. The leaves are dark red in early spring and gradually turn green on top, the undersides remaining red.

Large containers outside the entrance doors contain tropcial foliage plants, including this banana.

Musa Acuminata Zebrina - Blood Banana

Musa Acuminata Zebrina – Blood Banana

The south-facing borders are filled with Perovskia (Russian sage), tall phlox, Heliopsis, Rudbeckia, and a few things I don’t have names for….

South-facing border

South-facing border

Rudbeckia and ornamental cabbage?

Rudbeckia and ornamental cabbage?

don't know

don’t know

The front border, facing the street (between the two bordered alleys leading to the entrances), has more Heliopsis, as well as Monarda, Shasta Daisy, Echinacea, Achillea, Hemerocallis….

Daisies and Monarda

Daisies and Monarda

Very pink Monarda

Very pink Monarda

Monarda and Heliopsis

Monarda and Heliopsis

I put a Heliopsis in my garden two years ago and already it’s nearly as big as this long-established plant.

Heliopsis

Heliopsis

In the past, the borders have been perennials-only, but this year somebody decided they needed some petunias and begonias and other bedding plants. The large perennials outgrew and overgrew most of the annuals and only a few are still visible… as well as the ones covering this new monument.

Petunia snowman?

Petunia snowman?

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