Sunday, April 18, 2010

COOL APRIL HOT FLOWERS

we are having an unseasonably cool april, which has delayed vegetable planting in the potager. however, the bulbs don't mind at all... i'm not sure which tulip this is, as none have come true to the photos in the catalog, but i think it might be 'ballerina'...here's the little bulb display i copied from garden design magazine...
and these incredible parrot tulips, which i think are 'professor rontgen' but i'm not sure...
each one is a painting all on its own...

hard to see in the potager photo is muscari macrocarpum, a yellowish variety...
here's the usual bird's eye view...
the cercis canadensis alba is really happy in this cool weather, producing a profusion of blooms right from the bark...
here's the tree, which is in the north garden...
i think you have to be right up under it's nose to really appreciate the profusion...

epimedium 'bandit' is still really small, so my bro will have to wait a bit more for divisions...
pearl bush flowers, lasting longer in the cool...
maiden hair fern emerging... ugly, isn't it?
champagne currents... maybe a good crop this year... haven't had enough to make jelly for 2 years...
again, the fothergillia my brother gave me... very pretty...
but the shrub is still very tiny, 2 ft tall...

10 comments:

Ben said...

Very pretty plants you have. We are having an unseasonably hot spring down here this year with temps from high 70's- 80's. Those tulips look awesome! The maiden hair fern is something else. hers hoping you get some warmer weather so you can start some veggies.

miss m said...

Oh em, your space is just bursting with beautiful bulbs ! Among other things ! I love the white redbud (nice change from the seeing all the pink and purple ones out there). Your photos are exquisite as always. And although I wouldn't qualify it as 'ugly', the emerging maidenhair is intriguing to say the least !

miss m said...

ps. That pearl bush is probably not hardy here, but I gotta look it up. It's just stunning !

Msrobin said...

Okay, I must have some parrot tulips this fall. I've seen them on other blogs, and they are fabulous! Love yours. Wow.

em said...

ben, i'll have to visit and see how the heat is treating you! i'll probably lose patience and plant next weekend. thanks for the visit!

miss m, it's Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride", good from usda zones 5-8. unsure what zone you are. yes, white redbuds are underplanted, but i saw an incredible specimen at the atlanta gardens and was in lurve. thanks for the comments!

msrobin, i'm so glad i planted the parrots, and i've got more to come. i only wish i knew which ones they are! thanks for the visit!

Gloria said...

Hi Em, I'm guessing that the cercis canadensis alba is very fragrant??? Looks waxy, and a bit exotic, like a gardenia or a jasmine. Yes, that maidenhair borders on grotesque. Who would ever think there could be an "ugly" stage to such a beautful plant! Thanks for your visit to my blog and for mentioning linking to it because I discovered I did not have a link to YOURS although I've been following! (Will fix it now.) Have a great week....Gloria

Sophie Munns said...

What a wondrous treat to view what is growing in your garden Em!
I do love the one that grows directly out of the bark and that lovely looking pearl bush flower. I'm fascinated by the maiden hair ... why have I not seen this before I ask myself?
Love the parot tulips... yes...to paint would be something!
can wait to see whats happening next wekk in your garden Em!
have a good week!
S
bit tired after big weekend ...thanks for all your good wishes and comments!

Kerri said...

Em, your spring bulb display is spectacular! That red tulip is gorgeous, and the parrots - truly magnificent!
You have such a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs. I'm in awe. Love that white cercis!
And the epimediums are so beautifully delicate. Love them!!
The Fothergillia reminds me of bottle brush...the Aussie plant whose real name escapes me at the moment. Maybe Grevillia.
You have a wonderful garden!

Anonymous said...

More current jelly please!

Sis

em said...

gloria, thanks for the comment and link. unfortunately, the cercis is not fragrant. still worth having! i'll take a trip over to your blog now...

sophie, hope your show went well, i'll come take a look! does australia have maiden hair ferns? thanks for all the great comments.

kerri, thanks for the comments! i'm good at buying great plants! we have a wonderful selection nearby and then there's always catalogs! hope you are enjoying the rain, i know i am!

sis, fingers crossed!