I’ve been patiently [ok, so I lie!] waiting for a package that would contain a replacement lens for the camera. A nasty river bound tumble this past February left the body of my trusted companion Nikon in one piece, but the lens did not fare nearly as well! In the meantime Spring decided to pounce on us almost overnight, and thus the children decided it was time to frolic! As you can see the fair and beloved Glaucidium palmatum deservedly snagged the first photo op with the new lens!
The Rare and Unusual border is absolutely stellar this Spring if a proud parent might boast! The Epimedium and Helleborus led the way and this week I am seeing even more favourites popping up all about!
One of two new additions to the garden by way of statuary is this adorable Buddhist novitiate that I spotted in a catalogue earlier this Spring while my boss and I were considering our order for Cedar Spring. How could I refuse?
I posted a photo this past December when I spotted this awesome Heron made from recycled steel. I left it out and have come close to the desired patina that I am wanting. But seriously people, back to the kids!
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Betberg’ with his dusky purple bruised foliage has near tripled its size this winter. I have garden friends who have been eyeing its lustily, and in the fair spirit of ‘pay it forward’ [I was given my plant by fellow plantaholic Barry Parker] I am going to pot a few up this Fall.
In a moment of bemoaning, I was telling a friend how this delightful Erythronium japonicum was supposed to be pink, and she looked at me with a look of amazement on her face and retorted, ‘If I had anything even near as gorgeous as this blooming in my garden, I wouldn’t care if it was orange!’ It is moments like this when I realize just how blessed I am to have a garden that offers up its beauty expecting nothing in return!
I mentioned that the Epimedium have come into their own. This diminutive darling resides in the Garden of Memories, and is if I surmise correctly, E.brachyhizzum ‘Elfin Magic’. I will share photos of its siblings in the coming days.
Paeonia mlokosewitschii [Molly the Witch] has four noticeable flower buds. An oddity that is the mirror opposite of the Erythronium a few pictures back, Molly bloomed for the first time last year and was pink instead of yellow. Molly my beloved, I love you just the way you are!'
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Goldrush’ is showing signs of brightening up with each passing day. She is going to make a sublime contrast for the newest resident…… a hint that perhaps Loree will clue into…….. silvery blue needles with a stunning weeping, serpentine form…… shhhh! Don’t tell anyone yet Loree…… I need to get it home first!
And now as I look outside I see that it is dark and the kids have settled in for another sleep. Mother Nature is flexing her authoritative muscle this weekend with a not so subtle reminder that we haven’t passed 24 May yet…… a call for the possibility of snow for Monday not to mention that nasty ‘F’ word……. fingers crossed she’s expressing her sense of humour instead! It is so good to be back among the photogs of the garden. I think the new lens and I will get along most famously!
Happy Mothers Day to all of my followers, to my own Mother, and to Mothers everywhere!