Bringing bouquets from the garden onto the veranda is a nice way to connect the garden to the house.
None of the big pots of hydrangeas are here yet. I wait till the 15th of April before taking them out of the Bothy. That is our last frost date.
As mentioned in earlier posts; If they make good companions in the garden they will combine well in the vase.
Going to post a Spring Garden Tour…stay tuned.
The first camellia to bloom in my garden is Camellia sinensis, the Tea Plant.
No big drumroll for it is not the showiest, but then neither are crocuses, yet we delight to see them.
This plant is my introduction to the Camellia Season, and yes, this is the plant from which tea is made.
Fast on its heels is Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’.
Camellias and hydrangeas have the same cultural requirements; below, another good reason to plant them in close proximity.
This was taken in the ‘Circle of Friends’ so you can see this area is really non-stop beautiful throughout the year.
A bit blurry, but you get the idea.
BTW my Camellia sinensis has provenance. It was gifted to me from Penny McHenry but it was a seedling from the garden of Martha Tate.
Some areas of my garden are incomplete. The bones are all there, but the planting is far from ‘done’. For example, the lilies I have recently featured …
are a perfect companion to Hydrangea paniculata …
however, they are planted on either side of the bench in my cutting garden and not together.
So here is this gardener’s dilemma…do I dig up the lilies and plant them with the hydrangea or transplant the hydrangea? That’s a young gardener’s thought process.
At my age I am thinking the easiest way to achieve what I would like, would be to strike cuttings of the hydrangea and plant them with the lilies. MUCH EASIER, the caveat being TIME. It will take a few years to get the effect I am looking for.
Why isn’t life simpler? The young have both the time and energy…. need I say more?
Time for the WILD THINGS!
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) popping up in the meadow. The name is derived from the red sap which bleeds as the stem is cut or the root disturbed. The Indians used this sap for paint and as a dye.
Trillium cuneatum naturalized in the meadow. I cannot take credit for this…they were here before me and keep multiplying.
Woodland phlox (Phlox divericata) naturalized with the Trillium….delicate & fragrant.
I encourage all these to increase by allowing their seed to ripen and disperse before the meadow is cut. Slowly & surely this is happening. Every year at this time I wonder if I will live long enough to see my vision come to fruition. But then again its about the journey, and I am enjoying this one immensely.
© All photos & text 2011