Finally managed a day without rain which allowed for me to get into the garden and check on it’s progress. The cool, wet weather has provided the ideal conditions for most of the residents of Teza’s Garden, with the exception of a couple of ferns that didn’t manage to over winter. Speaking of ferns, I never grow weary of Adiantum pedantum, our native ‘Maidenhair’ as she is lovingly known as. Here she is unfurling her wonderful ebony spined fronds atop a wonderful blue foliaged Hosta, whose name is ‘Ice Prancer.’ Of course, not to be outdone, I am happy to report that many of my ‘children’ are well on their way to another season of exceptional beauty! I was tickled a little more than ‘pink’ to discover a seedling of Anemonella thalictroides ‘Cameo,’ a beguiling dainty, adorable sprite that I was certain had met its demise by means of an unwieldy trowel! Yet another pleasant surprise for 2011!
What was supposed to be a pink flowering Erythronium japonicum has, for the second year in a row [I guess they don’t have the capacity to change colour on odd seasons! LOL!] emerged yellow, but what a sumptuous shade of yellow. That ‘whipped buttery’ shade that people snicker at whenever it escapes my mouth! Another whipped confection is an unidentified Fritillaria that I should know the name of!
Most are aware of my adoration towards the genus Polygonatum, with my favourite being Polygonatum falcatum ‘Variegatum’ with its sublime wine infused stems and foliage that looks as though an artist painted wonderful cream markings on each leaf! No two are the same! My den of vipers, aka Arisaema triphyllum as spread magnificently from where it was originally positioned, greatly assisting with the overall plan of turning the walk into a shaded glen of wonderful naturalized colonies! Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ – last year’s star addition - has taken hold and its lower branches are covered in these amazing conelets! [Yes, a word of my own creation! LOL!]
The many shades of blue that reside in the gardens. I do admit to being gaga over the colour of the ‘sea-horse’ blooms on my latest Corydalis introduction. They truly are a shocking electric blue, and when suspended by the ruby infused petioles atop a sea of blue grey foliage…… Sweet Jesus, perfection is so close! Of course there is one other blue in the garden, but I am trying my best to not curse it, only checking it to make sure the copper necklace is thwarting off those damnable slugs, to check for water and to add fresh compost every month!
Fingers crossed that we maintain the clear skies that this evening has brought forth, and that the temps continue to climb, at least throughout the long weekend – business is counting on clear skies and a full parking lot!