|My rock garden first week of May|
|Draba bryoides "Imbricata"|
|Pyrrhosia sp. unfurling new fronds: yay!|
|Pediocactus despainii closeup|
|Pediocactus despainii in a trough|
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex Wyoming|
|Pediocactus simpsonii v. indraiensis|
|Tulipa 'West Point' (Lily Flowered type)|
I realize the color is odd on this: I took it at dusk and photoshopped it a tad. Can't believe it came through so well. I got this from Huntington twenty or more years ago and eventually lost it. I got it again last spring (bought a big pot of it!) and divided that pot into two. Both pieces are ready to divide AGAIN...my kind of plant.
|Townsendia spathulata fully open, with Eritrichium howardii|
You can see the townsendia closeup in the previous blog. As well as the Eritrichium.
|Veronica thymoides var. pseudocinerea|
Another plant with wonderful associations: collected in Turkey by Jim and Jenny Archibald almost 40 years ago, I obtained my first start from Betty Lowry--one of America's greatest gardeners.
|Los tres amigos|
The picture was taken ten days ago or so: but had to revisit one last time. Three glorious hybrid daphnes in peak form--who knows how many more years they will maintain this balance, like acrobats almost, at the very summit of the garden. They're my three "amigos" who make the month of April a daily delight...the pale on the right is Daphne x hendersonii 'Ernst Hauser', 'Anton Fahdrich' in the middle and x shytleri 'Money-Coutts' on the lefthand side. Reverse the order below...
|From the other side|
|Erythronium albidum at DBG|
Not in my home garden--but I did plant these (there are a few of my old plants persisting at the Gardens still! (although Mike Kintgen has added throngs of fabulous new stuff everywhere)...
|Iris henryi at Quince|
It's interesting to compare what may be two different clones of the same species above and below. It is very tiny, and very cute, don't you agree? This should be a mainstay for fairy gardens (although you'd have so many of the dang fairies around you'd have to buy a fairy swatter)...[Had to put in that tasteless joke for my friend Pat who may or may not read this]...
|Iris henryi at DBG|
|Iris 'Black Baby' at Jan's|
|Iris 'Black Baby' at Quince|
|Iris barnumae & Tulipa batalinii|
|Iris 'Penninah's Provocation' (I mistook this for 'Rivers of Babylon' which just opened up next to it--the paragraph below was based on that premise!|
|Iris 'Penninah's Provocation'|