The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Last Look Before I Go

I am leaving for England this evening for The Passionate Gardener Tour. I am very excited to return to see old favorites and a few new gardens. The main feature of my New Hampshire garden right now is the trio of Prunus 'Hally Jolivette' trees on the hill between the Blue Bench Terrace and the Woodland Garden. Some special spring ephemerals are also in flower. I hope to come back from England with new ideas and a garden on the cusp of June.

 Glaucidium palmatum, the Japanese wood poppy, has fleeting single lavender flowers. I am glad I didn't miss them this year.

The Himalayan mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum, has pink flowers that last about as long as the flowers on Glaucidium palmatum. It has mottled leaves and a bright, shiny, red, egg-sized fruit in late summer. This mayapple has happily self-seeded around the parent plant. I have thrown the seeds throughout the garden and this spring I spotted new plants dotted throughout the Woodland Garden.

I got this plant, Lamium orvala 'Silva' or giant dead nettle, from Ed Bowen of Opus Plants. Speaking of Ed, I am pleased to report that he will have a 'Pop-up' nursery at my garden during the Monadnock Area Garden Conservancy Open Day on Saturday August 20, 2016. Gardens will also be open in Vermont the following day. As part of the new 'Digging Deeper' program, Page Dickey will be giving a talk on Friday, August 19th at Bass Hall in Peterborough called "Outstanding American Gardens". On Saturday, Tovah Martin and Roger Swain will be giving free talks in two of the gardens. See the Garden Conservancy website for details. It promises to be a great weekend!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Jane Street Garden in the West Village

I was in New York City this past weekend for an optometry CE conference and happened upon this small public park at Jane Street and 8th Avenue in the West Village in Manhattan. This park is called Jane Street Park and is Green Thumb Community Garden. Green Thumb is a City of New York City Parks and Recreation Program that has helped transform vacant urban lots into public gardens. This garden is maintained by volunteers and "open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1pm or whenever the gate is open weather permitting". I was lucky enough to spend a half hour in the garden enjoying a warm Sunday morning.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Snow Falling on Cornus

The snow that fell last Sunday looked beautiful on many of the trees at the Arnold Arboretum. As far as I could tell, there was little damage done. This is my favorite specimen of Cornus officinalis dusted with snow. I liked the way the sun made it look both silver and gold.

I wasn't familiar with this Chinese species of winter-hazel called Corylopsis glandulifera. It was burning bright in the plantings from Asia on Bussey Hill.

 This Cornus kousa tree looked spectacular covered in snow.

I had mixed feelings about the snow covering the tender and vulnerable white buds and blossoms of this saucer magnolia in front of the Hunnewell Building. This cultivar called Magnolia ×soulangeana 'Candolleana' came to the Arnold Arboretum from the Biltmore Estate in 1895.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Maude's Snowdrops

I visited my friend, Maude, in her garden yesterday. Her drifts of snowdrops were near peak. I will make some notes this week about where in my garden I want to plant snowdrops next autumn.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wave Hill's Chionodoxa are Back and So Am I

I have been on hiatus from blogging but a recent visit to Wave Hill in the Bronx during peak Chionodoxa sardensis season has inspired me to return. I was at lecture by Luciano Giubbilei at the New York Botanical Garden today and took a detour to nearby Wave Hill to see the drifts of glory-in-the-snow on the slope of the Abrons Woodland. The beautiful blue minor bulb has naturalized in the woodland as well as in the lawn under large trees and even in the Flower Garden. I hope my own woodland garden might get the blues this badly one day.


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