I would like to think that my Meconopsis x sheldonii ‘Lingholm’ bloomed three times for my Grandmother, Father and myself! I would like to think so, and therefore I do! [Blooms two and three are a week after its initial bloom!]
And even a few oddities are blooming for the very first time, including Dracunculus vulgaris, also known as the Voodoo lily! Yes, I am aware of its unique propensity to smell like rotting meat during the pollination process – but one has to admit that it does have a bizarre reptilian beauty about it! [Okay, and yes, I will admit that there is something strangely phallic about it as well! We all know that sex takes place in the garden as well as the bedroom! Oh, grow up people!]
I was delighted with a happenstance planting of Nectaroscordum and Gillenia trifoliata that has allowed for a reverse image photo sequence that actually highlights the always difficult to photograph Gillenia flowers! And who isn’t charmed with the delightful turk’s cap pink flowers of Lilium martagon!
My clutch of garden serpents continues to increase as seen here with one A. ciliatum var. lubiaense open and another not far behind! Yay! Their fabulous whorled leaf pattern is a dead giveaway that a clutch of these magnificent beauties is close at hand!
I have always enjoyed the view of the shaded garden when looking back to front. The idea of coming out of the darkling wood into daylight has always been a wish of mine…. sadly the ‘wood’ portion of the last sentence is somewhat lacking!
The recent addition of Cercis canadensis ‘Greswan’ [Burgundy Hearts] is helping to increase the presence of trees that will one day increase the amount of shade on the property! One can never have enough, especially for one who considers himself part vampire! Its not hard to see where this hardier version of C.c ‘Forest Pansy’ takes it name from! Sublime!