Thursday, May 3, 2012

Out Now

In the Fall, we plant plastic pots with tulip bulbs, cover them with wire screen to keep the rodents out, and then heel them into vacant raised beds in the potager where they spend the winter.  Then, in the Spring, we simply remove them and pop them right into clay pots to provide some early color around the garden.  To see more of what's out in the garden right now, read on.

The lilacs are just beginning to pop.  To see how we extend the lilac season
by using different varieties,
click here.

Beauties and the Beast: This little primrose and hellebore enjoy their moment
in the sun, growing at the feet of this just emerging Darmera peltata (Umbrella
Plant) that will soon have leaves the size of large platters and cover anything
beneath it. 

The red flower buds of this Malus sargentii 'Tina' crabapple are nearly
as pretty as the flowers. 

A gorgeous cream and mauve colored hellebore...

... and a brightly colored primrose enjoy common real estate in the shady
northern section of the garden.

Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' begins to bloom.

Epimedium x rubrum covers the ground along a pathway.

Pulsatilla vulgaris, or Pasque Flower, which legend has it sprang up in places
that had been soaked by the blood of Romans.  

The buds of the very fragrant flowers of Daphne 'Carol Mackie.'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost,' with its blue forget-me-not flowers, keeps
acquiring more and more real estate at the feet of several Whitespire birches.

The emerging foliage of Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold' provides some
striking color!

Most of the daffodils are well past their prime but this clump of late
bloomers puts on a final performance in front of a just emerging Thalictrum
that will soon tower above it.

One of our favorite vines for quickly covering arbors and pergolas is
Akebia quinata, which also produces these delicate, scented flowers
in early May.


  1. I must have that Hellebore. What is it?

  2. Hi Michael! The hellebores in that part of the garden have gotten somewhat mixed together but I'm pretty sure that one is Ivory Prince. We have another clump of Ivory Prince in another part of the garden that doesn't display nearly as much of the pink shading, which underscores the color variations that these plants are capable of displaying even within the same hybrid.



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