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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor Kyle N. Cheesborough As fall relents to winter, and we experience the first truly cold nights, an interesting phenomenon occurs on a few of our native Missouri perennials.  When nighttime temperatures drop well below freezing but the days remain just above that threshold, ice formations known as ‘frost…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor Kyle N. Cheesborough Fall is in full swing at Bellefontaine Cemetery, and the diverse mix of deciduous trees is putting on quite a show.  As the days begin to shorten, and the temperatures drop, chlorophyll – the structure within a leaf responsible for capturing light and creating energy…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor Kyle N. Cheesborough During the fall, as we anticipate the changing colors of deciduous leaves, many of Missouri’s native trees and shrubs are bearing fruit – often under the cover of the soon-to-be-fallen foliage.  Much of this fruit will be consumed by migrating birds, in dire need of…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

From Horticulture Supervisor Kyle N. Cheesborough The great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a small, native, herbaceous perennial often found in woodland floodplains or bottomlands, or along streams and ponds in consistently moist soils.  In a fall landscape dominated by yellow-flowering Silphium, Helianthus, and Solidago, the violet-blue flowers provide a…...

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