Springtime is all about the discovery, and while I am constantly checking-up up on things in person I haven’t really posted much about this spring in the garden, as a whole. Here’s a little walk around sharing some highlights...
The Rheum palmatum is going to bloom, I'm a little worried. It might be more than the garden can handle, so big so luscious, so red!
Just look at that thing!
It was plenty bizarre, and then it started to open.
Even the stem is part of the action!
The Pittosporum divaricatum has never looked better. All those tiny bright green leaves (and yes, this is the least blurry photo I could manage)...
My Microcachrys tetragona finally made it in the ground, this silly little plant makes me so happy!
One of the pair of tetrapanax trunks not leaving out from the top finally started to do so from the side.
This is the other one. I hope one of those nubbins starts to grow!
I couldn't bear the sight of the dead tips so I cut the trunks back. I forgot how crazy interesting they are. A woody edge surrounds a white spongy material in middle.
I got all excited when the eucomis started to push up out of the soil. My excitement tempered a bit when I realized only one of three clumps is returning.
My crazy little lewisia which starts to bloom orange and then fades to pink.
Gross. Bye bye Mr. Slug.
My favorite thing about Fatsia japonica might just be the new growth.
Heck all new growth is pretty fabulous! Mahonia fortunei 'Curlyque'
The tip on my Mahonia x media 'Charity' turned crispy this winter looked dead. It's wonderful to see new growth happening.
There are two stems on the plant, one with new growth (above) and one which I (stupidly) broke, causing the new growth to fall to the ground (and me to swear, loudly). Those little side buds have been swelling and I think they're going to start growing, thank god.
This patch of Solomon's Seal is on borrowed time. It looked lovely next to the hydrangea (which left last year) but not so good anymore...a little out of place...
New growth on Metapanax delavayi...
And Schefflera taiwaniana...
Now that my clumps of Syneilesis aconitifolia have gotten bigger it's hard to appreciate the individual leaves. Some thinning may be in order, although I tried to divide it last year to share with my mom and failed miserably.
This fern is the only remaining one of about 20 we inherited with the garden.
And this is one of the unfurling fronds on my Dicksonia Antarctica, the one that lives in a container. The one in the ground is definitely dead, I picked the wrong winter to experiment.
My variegated Daphniphyllum is going to bloom!
But my relocated Loquat isn't so happy, poor thing.
However my, also recently moved, Fatsia polycarpa is going to make it (big sigh of relief). Although winter seems to have done a real number on it's growing tip. No signs of branching on the trunk, but it's definitely still alive so it's got to push some new growth out somewhere...(please!)...
And finally it turns out the winter damage to my Bocconia frutescens was a blessing in disguise. Since the foliage was toast I cut it back hard and look...a much fuller plant with lots of leaves, a happy ending. Oh and yes, that poor spider has been hanging out there for weeks, with no customers.
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