Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
A couple of years ago we planted a white garden behind our firepit area. I've been surprised to find that I really like working with this very limited color palette. The first year that we had the garden, I made a very, very brief stop at a garden center that was almost out of spring bulbs. I grabbed some all-white daffodils, white hyacinths and white tulips - variety unknown. I had very small numbers and spread them sparingly through the garden. I've been surprised to see that the small numbers of bright white flowers make as much impact as some larger displays.
One combination that I've really liked is Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy', Artemisia 'Nana' and the white tulips.
Over in another area, Papaver 'Ruffled Patty' is getting ready to bloom. I read somewhere that the flowerbuds of Papavers are very frequently photographed, and I understand why.
Purple silk unfurls
Emerging from flowerbud
Monday, May 4, 2009
White Trout Lily
Originally uploaded by Veronicastrum
Trout Lily is one of the native plant survivors. When all other woodland natives are long gone, Trout Lilies may remain. I've heard of people who live in "converted" woodlands who have these come up in their lawns. The flowers make me think of pixies.