Last updated on May 9th, 2014
TRUE CONFESSION: The mere thought of this Saturday’s Garden Conservancy tour has put me in a state of unmitigated panic. For the weather has not been cooperating. The deciduous trees and other plants are at least two weeks behind schedule. And did I mention that we’re expecting a freeze tomorrow night?
Can someone please pass me a very tall whiskey?
I suspect they will bloom on Sunday.To my delight and surprise, at the north end of the rose garden, Dicentra spectabilis, or “Bleeding Hearts,” is dripping with jewel-like pink flowers. The plant deserves — and has received — my utmost gratitude.
If you’d like to propagate your own boxwood, just follow these easy directions.
The Serpentine Garden. As you might recall, I carved this trio of terraces into a hill that was too steep to mow. On the first terrace, quince ‘Crimson and Gold’ has thoughtfully opened its bright buds. Its cousin, Quince ‘Cameo,’ with fully-double, apricote flowers, will probably bloom by tour-time.
Update: I just checked, and ‘Cameo’ has indeed started to bloom. Hallelujah!
Next to Baltic ivy, Vinca minor is the best weed-suppressing ground cover I’ve ever encountered. It flourishes even in full sun.
Don’t pretend you don’t want to skinny-dip in 30°F water.
In closing, I’d just like to say that although my gardens are not up to their usual May glory, they are definitely worth visiting. For the structure here, composed mostly of boxwood and stone, is permanent and attractive, no matter the condition of the plants within. Had I relied on cottage-type perennial borders, I’d be in real trouble.
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