Transition from winter to spring 2015
My ambition soars ever higher as my health fails but I will not be deterred.
|Gasteria obliqua, Curtis |
I became fascinated with gasteria in the fall and have two postings yet incomplete on what I have learned and collected. I started a board on Pinterest about lilies and gasteria.
Throughout spring I spoke on various horticultural topics, with my wife Mashell, we sold bulbs, those funds go into gardens.
Now have three geographically separate gardens; our private garden, breeding production garden and a new seed patch of material stratified over the winter.
Our private garden is broken down into various components which incorporate the entire property. A rock garden which is being expanded. Butterfly garden where we are adding density to eliminate weeds. A Siberian Iris planting where we added Little Joes (see posting) and trollius. The shade garden under White Oaks next to a Siberian Iris collection. Finally a border of many lilies planted in blocks of various types.
In the shade garden Iris cristata, Canadian Anemone and wild ginger, Asarum canadense, are blooming. We are adding density to this garden also. In late April we added Yellow Ladyslippers, Cypripedium parviflorum. A number of spring ephemerals will be added. Thalictrum ‘Elin’ has been removed, way too tall at 6 feet, four large pots will be traded for other plants. ‘Elin’ has been replaced with Thalictrum rochebruneanum, dioicum and dasycarpum. These create a centerline along with martagon lilies creating height and backbone. I will move some hosta, add more, with Woodland Phlox and Geranium maculatum for added color.
|Iris cristata "Powder Blue Giant"|