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Lilies, Lilies and More Lilies!

Lily season is here. The buds are already visible atop their tall stems, ready to burst open. The show is fleeting, but it brings a level of beauty few flowers can match. True lilies are members of Liliaceae family and…

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Dogwoods! Which one?

Dogwoods come in all shapes and sizes, from shrubs with brightly colored winter stems to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) with it’s beautiful white and pink spring flowers. The flowering dogwood is a classic of southern springs, but you…

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The Garden is Waking Up

Our winter-blooming camellia, Camellia japonica, is coming into full bloom throughout Oakland’s gardens. Its habit of blooming during the coldest months is one reason it has been loved in southern gardens for many generations. The white, pink, red, or patterned…

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Here Come the Bulbs!

January is cold and gray. That is until you look closely. Hidden under the remaining leaves are the first signs of spring. Look carefully and you will see daffodils and other bulbs sending up new shoots. Give these a few…

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February Blooms at Oakland

So often we receive calls from visitors and volunteers who want an ID for the “flowering tree” located outside the Bell Tower, as well as many other curious blooms found throughout our grounds. Besides daffodils, here's a brief rundown of…

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A Host of Golden Daffodils

Oakland’s daffodils started blooming in earnest with this week’s warm weather and I was pleased to see many Oakland Cemetery visitors enjoying them. These are the Lent Lilies, or more correctly, Narcissus pseudonarcissus. They are one of the first daffodils to…

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