This post was inspired by my oldest finding this large leaf in our yard a couple weeks ago.  It is from our scrawny little Witchhazel. Usually Witchhazel leaves are much smaller, almost palm sized.  Funny how plants can be much like humans by which they are the same but can vary so much.

Witch Hazel

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In our tree fields, I found a Kousa Dogwood that had jumbo sized fruits.  My thought was would be a good tree to try and make Kousa jam from.  Maybe next year I will try.  This fall, like the summer has gotten away from me and has gone by so fast.

Kousa fruit

Here is a Oakleaf Hydrangea I found with a gigantic leaf and with great fall color I might add.  I have never seen them get this big.

Oakleaf hydrangea

Here is the Burr Oak which is always jumbo sized unlike the other guys I found above.  This tree for me is a must have once I get a bigger yard.  The bark on this tree is fantastic and is very nice architectural quality to in in the winter.  These trees are wonderful they have very large acorns and leaves that are just massive.

Burr oak acorn

Burr Oak leaf

Hope everyone is staying warm!





Snowdrops pic 1Saturday, March 8th,  I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Matt Bishop a give a presentation.  He is the co author of “Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus.”  I have yet to purchase because here in the states it is rather expensive, but hopefully one of these days my bookshelf will be the home of a copy. The presentation on Snowdrops was titled “A Survey of Snowdrops Freaks and Mainly Natural Variants’.    The talk highlighted 62 different Snowdrops and the stories behind some of them, which was very interesting.  The photographs were exceptional on the presentation and that made me want to add all of them to my collection, an impossible feat I know.  But below I are some of the ones that I liked the most.

  • G. nivalis ‘Angleposie’ – pure double whiteSnowdrops pic 3
  • G nivalis ‘Green Tear’
  • G. nivalis ‘Miss Tep’
  • G nivalis ‘Dreisporn’
  • G. nivalis ‘Charlotte Jean’
  • G. gracilis ‘Atlas’
  • G. plicatus ‘E.A. Bowles’
  • G. plicatus ‘Bumble Bee’ – loved the markings on this one. Stunning!
  • G. elwesii ‘Nobody’s Prank’
  • G. ‘South Hayes’
  • G. ‘Bill Boardman’ – a very nice yellow
  • G. ‘Midas’

I know it is a long list of ones selected from his list, but I would love them in my garden.  If anyone has some free time….what’s that right? 🙂 do a search a look them up, they are beautiful!Group

As for the location, the talk was located at Winterthur in Delaware. A great place to visit full of history, gardens and lots of fun. It was about a three hour drive north, so not too bad.  In correlation to the talk Winterthur gave a tour of called “Bank to Bend.” The walk/tour called was named this because it started at March Bank and ended at Magnolia Bend.  The different names for the garden paths.  The walk was full of Snowdrops, Aconite and Adonis. The group that showed up for the tour was very large which made it hard sometimes to enjoy it.  But in the end we ended up walking it again without the group and walked the rest of the gardens.  A lot of the spring flowering bulbs/plants had just started so they were not all up, but you could see just how large the mass plantings were of the Snowdrop, Aconite and Adonis.  They had a large section dedicated as a children’s area was wonderful.  I will have to revisit when the temperatures warm up and take the girls along, for they are sure to enjoy it.

Adonis They did have a great plant sale with a lot of spring beauties that included; Snowdrops, Scilla, Edgeworthia, Witchhazel, Hellebores, Adonis.  The plants provided for sale were from Black Hog Farmstead Bed and Breakfast and Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.  I bought two Snowdrops from Black Hog, Potter’s Prelude and reinae-olgae that I have been wanting for some time now.  These ones flower in the fall and not spring and I find that fact rather interesting.  Matt Bishop had some for sale as well but you had to place the order then and come back for pickup.  Reason being, the Snowdrops had not yet completely cleared customs for sale for Saturday.  I have heard that they still have not been cleared, I hope that the poor bulbs are alright.  I sadly enough did not get any which I find myself regretting.   I was rationalizing.  😦 I have completely blown my Snowdrop budget for the year and decided could not take the day off from work to go pick them up.  But it would have been cool to be able say that “yeah, I have a Snowdrop from Matt Bishop.”  Maybe he will come again next year and I can get one then.

Along with the plant sale they had some paintings by Adrian Martinez.  They were of the days theme of Snowdrops so it was very appropriate.  The paintings made me want to paint again and try my hand a rendering some as well.

Well I hope it was not too boring a read.  Thank you for reading! I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Road Trip!

Anna's Red HelleborePennys Pink Hellebore

Pine Knot saleLast Friday we went on a road trip to an open days that a Hellebore grower in southern Virginia was having. It was so great to finally see something with flowers on it. It was about a 4 hours drive south. There was one gentleman there that had driven 8 hours to get there and was going to then drive right back.  I could not imagine.  I would have made a weekend of it.

There was a big difference between what they had blooming verses what we do further north. Which in turn was saddening knowing that I would be doing back toPrimula no flowers… but I have photographs so that makes it better. 🙂 My Hellebores have flower buds that are very low to the ground still and have not yet flowered nor are they as vigorous due to such cold conditions.  Above is the Anna’s Red and Penny’s Pink, I took them to show mine what they are really supposed to look like but they really did not care.

CyclamenFor those that do not really like Hellebores they had a selection of other plants and shrubs from other growers. One that I visited more aka spent more with was with the gentleman that had Hardy Cyclamens. I had three previously, lets just say they are going to be a really big happy family of Hardy Cyclamens in my yard. 🙂 They also had a vendor that had different shrubs that look very enticing, like the Daphne. I have tried Daphne a number of times because I just love it so much but it gets too cold for it here. I once tried growing as a container garden and Edgeworthia Akebonobrought it inside but it just did not get enough light inside and got terrible scale on it. Another stunner was the Edgeworthia and a cultivar called Akebono which was a lovely shade of orange that would brighten the winter landscape immensely.  Other things for sale were Snowdrops, Hepatica and Primulas.

Once I finished spending all of my money we took a walk in their garden. It was every nice seeing all the different flowers blooming in their garden. But of course I had no more battery left in my camera and was cursing the fact that I no back up battery, so lesson learned. Tomorrow I will be traveling North to hear Matt Bishop talk at Winterthur and I will charge my battery tonight and make sure camera cards are cleared.

It was a great trip. Sometimes one just needs a day to get away and enjoy.  They are calling for warmer weather for us tomorrow I hope for you all as well.  Have a great Friday and weekend!

Gone are the days!

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 For the past couple of days I have been out of the office.  I AM LOVING IT!!!  I tend to dread the days that I know will be spent inside all day.

Around the holidays we spend a couple days out of the office visiting clients to catch up with them and delivering gifts for the holidays as a thank you.   It is also another way for me to finally meet some of the people that I have been talking to all year long via email and phone.  As gifts this year I got to visit some of the local growers in our area and picked out some Cyclamens and Poinsettias.  This year the selection of Poinsettias was amazing.  Gone are the days of just the plain ole red.  Colors of Poinsettias that I saw ranged from pinks, peaches, yellows, speckled, variegated and curled that for some reason remind me of Polish Chickens.  I could not resist I ended up getting one for myself or rather for the girls because I choose a nice lacey pink colored Poinsettia… I was right my oldest loved the new pink flower added to our indoor plant selection.

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Not much is happening with my garden for now.  The cold is mostly keeping me inside for now, but I do hear that the temperature might get up to 62 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend…. so excited for that.  Hopefully I can get some photographs of the garden or some flowers that I have.

Till then stay warm!

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