When I first moved to Seattle I went to a wedding at Parsons Garden. I wasn’t a gardener at the time but I thought the place lush and charming – it stuck in my head as a pretty place. Now, as a long time gardener I still find it lush and charming and quintessentially NW in style – rife with rhodies, mahonia, hostas, sundry conifers, styrax and pieris. This is a garden that like many NW gardens is going to be at its best in the spring. Read more »
photo taken 5/31/2013
I suspect this is Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty.’ I had ‘Guincho Purple’ once upon a time – I think it may have been the first purple leaved cultivar of European elderberry. It died a mysterious death. The problem with ‘Guincho Purple’ was it tended to lose its purple-ness as the summer went on, apparently that doesn’t happen with two newer cultivars, ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Black Lace.’ I’ll check back with this one over the course of the summer and we’ll see. Read more »
Back street in Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy
I’ve been gone the last few weeks, out of the country. I abandoned my family and ran off to Italy to do a language class, something I’ve wanted to do for years and finally decided it was time to just go. However, as I was flying in through Milan, I couldn’t skip out on a visit to Stresa on Lake Maggiore, an area famous for its gardens. There was a bit of a rain problem when I was there, but in anything less than a deluge, the gardens – and the other scenery – are well worth a side trip if you’re passing through Milan. Read more »
Sorry for falling off the face of the blog world – I was out of the country. Some posts of fabulous gardens in Stresa, Italy coming within a few days. In the meantime, a quick update – pine candles in their post-candling stage – bristles.
For links to past pine candle posts, go here and here. (These photos are all from exactly the same tree, about the same angle.) Also, for a nice plant pairing for involving a dwarf pine, go here.
I usually think of March as Pieris japonica month but it is one of those plants that blooms for a loooong time. Here’s some photos from May 3. From a distance it still looks in bloom, albeit in a dingy get-it-over-with kind of way. An up close look shows the reason for the dinginess. Go here to see my original post on Pieris japonica.
Sometimes my brain thinks in botanical names and sometimes in common names – hence wallflower (Erysimum) with Heuchera (coral bells). Most of the colored leaf Heucheras don’t have coral bells (unlike the old-fashioned green-leaved versions you still see around here and there) so coral bells seems like a misnomer. As for the the wallflower, I find Erysimum a bit of a tongue twister, even in my head. As for the plants… Read more »