I planned this post about Robert Mallet’s lecture but I got carried away with the early Clematis and the Southern Azaleas (Rhododendron indica) and… and… So here goes…a bit of this and that. (Robert’s inspirational lecture next, promise)
The walkway from the work /compost area.
The drive doesn’t look so bad after all. Blooming plants are a great distraction. When the Azalea (Rhododendron indica G.G. Gerbing) is done, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangeaquercifolia) on the right will start.
The first clematis to bloom for me is the Japanese cultivar ‘Asao’. followed by…
‘H.F. Young’ and…
‘Josephine’. This year she is not as double as most. Lyndy, can you shed some light on this please.
Then there is my favorite rose…
‘Madame Alfred Carrier’.
The garden is glorious and I have not yet mentioned the Styrax obasia, the white Lady Banks rose, the Viburnums (more about them in the next post)…Life is good!
Yesterday I listened in awe and lunched with the Hydrangea experts.
Above, Gene Griffin & Robert Mallet
Robert Mallet OF THE SHAMROCK COLLECTION, (located in Normandy France; the largest collection of Hydrangeas in the world), visited with Elizabeth Dean & Gene Griffin of WILKERSON MILL GARDENS; North America’s premiere hydrangea nursery.
Above, discussing the furry stems of Hydrangea aspera.
A peek at the propagating nursery above.
How lucky I was to be invited. Listening to the conversations was an education! Thank you Elizabeth & Gene.
Climbing the wall; Hydrangea anomala petiolaris & Clematis ‘Freckles’ using it for support.
The Phlox divericata encouraged to naturalized between the daffodils.
I have pruned all the Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, and almost all the Hydrangea paniculata. I still have to deadhead the Hydrangea macrophylla but I like to attend to those last lest I get too enthusiastic and remove this years flower buds.
Pruned some of the clematis that require it and took an inventory of the garden.
Some of the news is not good. I have record losses this year. There is no sign of life on several Clematis, and my favorite Quince ‘Apple blossom’ has bit the dust.
Over the last few years I have let some shrubs go and now they require some drastic pruning. Good thing I bought a good excellent lopper. That is another post, promise.
Finally there are signs of spring. The weather has been chilly in Georgia for an unusually long spell and bloom times are off.
Looking out the window, the Snowball Viburnum (Viburnummacrocephalum) is in its beautiful lime green phase and I can see the Yoshino Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella ‘Yoshino’) blooming in the background.
These tulips ,below, were planted in the cutting garden about 5 years ago and although I cut them with their foliage every year, they still reappear. I must look up my orders and identify them.
Next week promises to be warmer and I expect an explosion of blooms. Meanwhile spring pruning is underway (late of course).