It is only appropriate that I begin this well overdue posting with this little woodland Iris that bloomed right at the Easter holiday this year. It is a very hardy Iris that overcame being stepped on during deer fence construction to come back with lovely blooms. It’s thriving in total shade and a relatively dry environment.
I have had so many postings that never got past being mental constructs the past few weeks. It seems that every day has been beautiful sunshine (not much rain) with temps in the 60’s and 70’s and it’s hard not to be outside planting. At this point I am nearly caught up with all the purchases for the spring and the plants that we brought back from Boston a week ago. In many senses our garden is a joint project with our kids’ Boston garden. We now have many plants that were originally started in Boston and for various reasons got evicted or propagated southward. An example is this Lamium orvala which I had never seen before having it bloom in our garden this year.
Another surprise arrival is an Iris koreana, one of several small irises that I picked up at Stonecrop’s Alpine Perennial Sale last year.
There were many other treasures found at this event which features plants from vendors like Evermay, Wrightman Alpines, and Garden Vision. Some of the plants obtained from Garden Vision are in bloom right now.
Note the exquisite foliage on Bandit. Another Epidmedium that we’ve added from a local nursery is Purple Pixie.
Epimediums are hard to beat for sturdy reliable shade plants that have wonderful little orchid like flowers. The leaf coloring can be especially intriguing with Epimediums.
To round out the description of some of the treasures in the garden right now, two favorites are the Anemone nemerosa ‘Bractaea Pleniflora’ and the Anemonella ‘Shoaf’s Double Pink’.
In just a few years this little Rue Anemone has grown into a delightful little mound of beautiful long-lasting pink blossoms.
Planted nearby is a little cluster of double-flowered bloodroot that are much longer lasting than their single-flowered cousins.
And in the front garden we have the species tulip daystemon which continues to expand it’s cluster in the sunny space we have given it. They open brightly in the noonday sun.
Our first Molly the Witch to flower turns out to be more pale pink than the yellow I was hoping for. But the foliage is still wonderful and I will pretend I never expected a yellow flower.
I should also note that because of the mild winter the Euphorbias have been looking wonderful, especially this Blackbird by the deck.
We came back from Boston with a new respect for the Corydalis genus and I’m planning to add more as the opportunity presents. The first such addition is a hybrid, Blackberry Wine.
I do have to mention two other things before closing. The apple tree bloom has been amazing this year. The trees are into biennial bearing and we have a cloud of white surrounding the house. In particular the Mutsu, a personal favorite, looks ready to have fine crop.
And I will close with a walk in the woods that takes you to one of our most unusual daffodils, just perfect for a woodland scene.