KA-BOOM! My garden exploded last weekend, when a heatwave roared through the Hudson Valley. Suddenly the crabapples are cloaked in shimmering snow, the tulips are holding pale purple cups, the Dicentra is bleeding pink and white hearts, and…well, why not join me for a refreshing drink and a mid-May stroll?
The drink in question is a gorgeous green smoothie…
Swoosh! We are standing in the Boxwood Garden. The shrubs, which I grew mostly from cuttings (here’s the how-to) will be sheared and shaped by a professional next week. (Update: Mission accomplished!) Meanwhile, the fountains are flowing, and the pair of weeping ‘Red Jade’ crabapple trees are dressed for a white wedding. Cue Billy Idol.
Did you know that we received these trees as a wedding gift in 2008? I kid you not, they came with a card that said: “I thought I should give you crabs for your special day.”
Are you sure you wouldn’t like a little vodka in your smoothie?
If we climb the steps of the Serpentine, we discover a riot of spring color on the second terrace. Sprouting from a sea of periwinkle-blue Vinca minor is Malus ‘Sargent,’ a dwarf crabapple, with pale-purple Tulipa ‘Alibi’ at its feet.
Speaking of tulips…on the Serpentine’s third terrace is a clump of species tulips. These are the tiny ancestors of the tall, familiar “Dutch” types. The white-edged yellow variety is called ‘Dasystemon Tarda.’ It has a sweet scent. Species tulips can be easily forced for winter bloom indoors.
If you have a hellish hill on your property, you might like to do as I did, and make a garden there.
And guess what?
The water is extremely cold.
Yes, I could buy a solar cover for the pool. But in Kevin-land, style always trumps practicality. A solar cover would eliminate the fun of seeing trees and classical statuary reflected in the pool.
Just north of the swimming pool, and marked by a rose-covered arbor, is the Woodland Garden. Shall we take a quick peek? (If you’d a more detailed look at the Woodland, be sure to read this post.)
Well. I hope you enjoyed this short walk in the garden. I certainly enjoyed your company!
Don’t miss anything at A Garden for the House…sign up for Kevin’s email updates.