As a native of north central Kentucky Kris Stone has years of experience with the common everyday challenges of maintaining a healthy landscape in the difficult climate of the Ohio Valley. Currently Kris resides in Northern Kentucky just outside of Burlington and is the Director of Boone County Arboretum.

Kris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, maintains certification as an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an active board member for the following organizations: KY Arborist Association, Northern KY Urban and Community Forestry Council, KY Exotic Pest Plant Council, Friends of Boone County Arboretum, and technical advisor to the Boone County Urban Forest Commission. Kris is passionate about his life long love of plants and enjoys spreading his knowledge and experience to the public he serves.


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February Flowers
by Kristopher Stone - posted 02/06/12

Nothing says spring is coming better than a bright yellow patch of crocus blooming in late winter! This shot was taken the first week of February, and many of them are still blooming.    


Jelena Witch-hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) 'Jelena' is quite stunning. This photo was taken the first week of February at Boone County arboretum in Northern Kentucky. The mild weather this winter has really caused our spring blooming witch-hazels to explode into bloom throughout the region. Jelena however, is a favorite with its extra long petals that are a glowing coppery orange in color. 

This is H. x intermedia 'Diane' for those who like more of a reddish flower. 

H. x intermedia. Even un named hybrid witch-hazel can be quite stunning. As you see in the background however some of these hold so many leaves that the flowers are hidden, this is why named selections are very important when it comes to witch-hazels.    

 Here we have H x intermedia 'Arnold Promise', as it was just starting to open flowers.

Dawn Viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense)  'Dawn'.  This is always the first of the viburnums to bloom in Kentucky.  The flowers almost always get burned by freezing weather, but its still a welcome sight to remind us that winter is almost over.  This plant started blooming in early February and is still trying to bloom!

And last but not least, yesterday at my own garden, my favorite hellebore opened up its blooms finally.  Some of you may remember this plant last year when I blogged about it on February 23, 2011.  Back then, it was just starting to expand out the flowers.  I would say that we are 1-2 weeks ahead of last year on this plant, though other plants in my garden and at the nearby arboretum are up to 3 weeks ahead of last year! 



The first viburnum blooms this year have started opening on our Dawn Bodnant Virburnum. Not to worry, this plant always blooms very early in response to mild weather. As you can see in the picture, the bright pink buds open pale pink before fading to white. The flowers are also fragrant. This 8-10 ft tall and 4-6ft wide shrub also offers good red fall color as well as the very early bloom period when most other plants are still at rest.   Thethe





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