A Quiet Stroll, Teacup in Hand
Despite the overwhelming amount of work required to simply maintain what we have already created, the pleasure derived from simply being able to stroll around the garden at any time we feel so compelled is compensation enough - at least that’s what I tell myself. Two days ago neighbors were over for a ‘Rhododendron Walk”, before the majority of these Ericaceas family members started to fade. It really is fantastic; an extravaganza for the visual receptors.
Purple Passion, Sappho and Unknown
We have a minimum of 75 different Rhododendrons, and of some we have several plants. They bloom beginning in early April and will continue until mid June, if we’re lucky. Early May seems the most opportune time for viewing this year. A few photos, and one of a clematis (also in good form this year), none of which capture the rapture of being confronted by such beauty.
Percy Wiseman and Azalea Chetco
Anna Rose Whitney
President Lincoln and Blue Poppy
Clematis Violet Charm
Of course the garden is thronged with hundreds of other flowers, all eager to take advantage of the sun (when it shines). Lewisia (four or five species, of which I think redivia is the best, Iris (Bearded, Siberian, and others), Aquilegia, Anemone, gentian, etc. And so many more to look forward to. So what am I doing sitting here, with so many delightful tasks begging for my time.