|These long borders of perennials and annuals look so good after our arctic blast last week!|
|The lichened trunks on the shrubs speak to the growing venerability of this garden|
The keen gardeners I met educated me to the extent that microclimates prevail around Asheville--there's a significant difference in temperatures and rain/snowfall depending on aspect and especially the location--due to prevailing storm patterns: a factor of almost two from one place to the next: such is the power of mountains!
|More elegant interpretation--here of the Quilt Garden (See next slide)|
I showed a number of panels of this garden in the previous blog post I did on NCA--but this one shows the viewing stand where I took some of those pix (and where you get the "intended" view of the quilt. Here Carpet bedding has been literally raised to plain bedding, if you can forgive the exerable paranomasia.
|Why did I take this picture? The lush pots are nice enough--oh yes--that gray flagstone: love it!||\|
|Hibiscus coccineus: on of America's great wildflowers|
There are those who are crazy about poppies, and those who are nuts about hibiscus. Some of us are fond of both groups! This wonderful giant perennial, with leaves like marijuana and these outlandish spidery huge crazy red flowers--can't believe we don't have it at Denver Botanic Gardens yet!
|They even put Mallows on their banners!|
|Another of those enormous allees! They're ready for throngs here!|
|Celosia argentea var. cristata|
Contrast between the architecture and well grown annuals (like this scarlet coxcomb Amaranth) that invite a closeup look--part of the charm of Gardens.
|And the luxury of lawns and distant views of hills...|
|If you don't have flowers handy, you can always put up a banner with sunflowers...|
|You can see the flowers were starting...|
|Here beautifully sited surrounded by sensual grasses|
|And a view from further away--I find it fascinating to see plants in different contexts and distances...|
|How's this for an interesting play of shape and form? The Pennisetum is twice as nice thanks to the meatballs.|
|Who comes up with these names: "Bunny Blue"? I've never seen a blue rabbit!|
|The obligatory green roof--here a rather rustic one (which I enjoyed...)|
The grand lawn alongside the greenhouses
And now we're in the woods! Having an Arboretum is a good thing: having that arboretum cocooned, as it were, in a vast forest of extraordinary biodiversity--well, that's just peachy! Finding a new wildflower (and an orchid to boot) for the first time--now that's the bee's knees! You may be getting a sense of what a lovely day I had at the North Carolina Arboretum: late summer--warm but not hot--a gentle breeze. Great views, architecture, flowers: I call that Heaven!
More Tipularia. What a great name...what the hell does it mean?
I love ferns (in this case a bevy of dryopterids I think--should have looked more closely). Colorado has over sixty kinds of Pteridophytes, and you can drive from one end to the other and not see one. One of the many reasons I enjoy going East!
I love the seedling Sassafras and oaks--so cute and small and portable--surely they could spare a few (no I didn't dig them up: I don't do that sort of thing...).
I walked quite a way through the woods--lovely big paths here too! Wish I'd seen just a few more walkers..
A young planting of Arizona cypress--I'm surprised that this Southwestern tree does so well in the East.
Some dramatic clumps of Switch grass liven up an out of the way grassy bank. Nice tough.
|Liatris sp.? or was it Lobelia?|
|Another pocket prairie|
|Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)|
|Ripe fruit on the Hawthorn|
|What an aristocratic parking lot planting: Franklinia altamaha--in full bloom no less!|
Any Arboretum that fills its parking lot with a plant that is extinct in the wild deserves three blogs! I would love to come back in April one day and see the woods full of their ephemerals, and enjoy the spring blooming perennials and flowering trees. Here's hoping they glom on to a great Plantsman soon, and that they don't get too crazy a marketer in there who will try to turn it into a garish Cathedral. Botanic gardens tread a fine line, and so far North Carolina Arboretum has tread it like and acrobat!