Last week we visited our Boston connection (Winchester actually) where in addition to seeing our delightful granddaughter and the two parents she maintains we did some garden maintenance and garden visiting. One of the virtues of traveling north is that you get to experience the season we’ve just finished all over again. And that included some marvelous lilies on display.
Despite the lily beetles which seem to be a very real problem in the north, they still managed to get some choice blooms. There were lilies all around the yard just coming into bloom. The most unique from our point of view was the Gloriosa Lily which we still have not managed to get to grow here.
This is a sprawling vine-like creature with uniquely beautiful flowers. We didn’t see so much as a green bud from the one we planted. So I think we try planting it in a pot next year.
And they also have a marvelous Mango colored daylily which is a real eye-catcher.
We took off on an excursion during one of the days we visited and traveled to Long Hill, a property near Beverly, Massachusetts that is run by the Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts. This turned out to be an exceptionally nice property with extensive perennial and tree plantings that are worth visiting any time of year. The former editor of Atlantic Magazine and two successive wives created a estate setting with a charming mix of wild and cultivated plants. Among the unique finds there was a Mountain Stewartia (also called Mountain Camellia).
This distinctive plant of the Appalachian region is related to the Camellias of the far East. I, for one, had never seen it before in any of the plant collections I’ve toured (but maybe I wasn’t looking at the right season). It has beautiful flowers but none of the attractive bark of the other Stewartias I’m familiar with.
It’s about 5 acres of cultivated gardens at Long Hill with several small squarish ponds filled with water lilies. We also found in one of them a frog that was worthy of photographing.
This very colorful frog is hereby dedicated to Margaret Roach at A Way to Garden and her Frogboy site. It seems so natural to see a relaxed frog in a little pond. Ironically, the stream in the backyard of the kids house in Winchester (close to Boston) has yet to attract a single frog, toad, or minnow. We keep hoping.
The water at Long Hill also attracted a lot of dragonflies and I took a few photos mostly in honor of Randy Emmitt in North Carolina who does such a fine job of photographing insects of all kinds, but especially dragonflies.