(Attention: after publishing this blog, I got a fantabulous email with some elaboration from Jacques and Andrea: it was not intended for me to publish--but I love what they wrote so much I am going to interlard their comments: it's just too wonderful and valuable--and I think should make a great "conversation" between them, myself and you. Their comments will be in blue!...
Jacques and Andrea Thompson live in the fringes of Ypsilanti (a suburb of Detroit). I visited their incredible garden on Memorial Day weekend for a few hours when I took way too many pictures (not all of which are posted here!). I already extracted most of the irises and trilliums and posted those separately, as well as their daphnes. I still had too many pictures...so I took out the garden art and containers (which I shall post separately as well). I weeded out duplicates and the least flattering...but there are still dozens and dozens of images to see...
Rock and woodland gardens aren't to everyone's taste. But they are very much to my taste: I believe that I have rarely captured a garden at such a magical time: they and their huge staff of zero had the place weedfree and groomed. A large proportion of the plants there were in full bloom (although I start with rather green shots, just wait--this is a season long garden: there will be blooms in summer and fall as well). I have visited well over 100 botanic gardens in North America--and not one of them has been as floriferous or balanced or as well designed as the Thompson garden was last mother's day: we so-called "professionals" have been terribly upstaged by these rank amateurs! Which is a very good reason to join the North American Rock Garden Society. The Thompsons are surely in the first rank of gardeners in this group--but there are others as well around the US and Canada.
|Ostrich fern (Matteucia struthiopteris) emering|
|Epimedium x sulphureum and Stylophorum diphyllulm in the distance|
|Asarum caudatum and Stylophorum diphyllulm in the distance|
|More Epimedium koreanum|
|Anemonella thalictroides 'Oscar Schoaff'|
|Paeonia cf anomalum|
|Pulsatilla vulgaris (red form)|
Photo #13 Pulsatilla vulgaris red form, seed sent to me by a guy in Poland
|Arisaema sikokianum and Anemone blanda and friends|
|Another rock garden view with phlox|
|A different view|
|Do we really need captions? will skip unless plant names needed...|
|Primula vulgaris (double white)|
|Saxifrage and Ramonda in tufa|
|Miniaturized Sempervivum in tufa|
|Pulmonaria and viburnum|
|Textures are lovely even without bloom...|
|A mass of Stylophorum diphyllum (native hereabouts)|
|Hepatica nobilis in a bright blue form|
|Muscari muscarimi (white) with a blue cousin|
|Not the showiest Aethionema, but effective combined with the tulip.|
|Love this Allium altaicum.|
|Trillium recurvatum (a local specialty): forgot to put this in with the Thompson trillium blog...oh well.|
The tree in this photo is Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ or ‘Ogon’ same tree. I got mine from Gary Gee.
|From further away: bold couple to plant that double tulip...and it works.|
|The Euonymus somehow sets off the Cornus florida.|
|What wonderful interplays of bloom and foliage and rock!|
|A few obligatory Hellebores..you can see a label peeking out here; they're uncommonly tactful. But there.|
|An outrageous Polygonatum from Chen Yi.|
|Epimedium ? davidii (there were many forms)|
|A fabulous double Anemone ranunculoides|
|A large patch of Papaver alpinum naturalized...|
|White form of Lunaria rediviva|
|Love this pale Anemone x seemanii|
|Dicentra eximia or formosa forms|
|Disporum uniflorum (formerly flavum)|
|Disporum uniflorum (formerly flavum) closeup|
|Rheum palmatum in a dark form|
Photo # 56 Sedum Angelina gold.
|A honking big Abies koreana|
|Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' closeup|
|A magnificent mystery peony|
|bloodroot seed about to pop!|
|A magnificent clump of river birch (Betula nigra)|
|See what I mean? with the garden beyond|
|Lamiastrum goleobdolon at the fringes of the garden (where it belongs!)|
|A gnarly old Picea abies 'Pygmaea' (I think)|
|On and on it goes! I can't keep up with captions!|
Photo # 88 Thalictrum coreanum I have no recollection of just who gave this to me but the usual suspects are Betty, Tony, or Dick.
|A garden without thistles is sad indeed!|
Photo # 105 Oxalis acetocella ever-colonizing with it’s eyes on a dwarf Chamaecyparis.
|Polygala vayredae (not often seen)|
|Sedum pilosum self-sowing (not often seen!)|
Photo # 118 Aquilegia flabellata v. nana ex. Laporte Avenue Nursery. The conifer above and to the left is Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Tuffet’
|A wonderful Clematis hirsutissima|
Photo # 128 Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’, one of the first DP gifts.
Photo # 143 Winter-killed Magnolia soulangeana ‘San Jose’ with a Stylophorum skirt. Another BIG WEED although just a seedling, of Heracleum maculatum, center left and another weedy filler Hesperis matronalis, and of course the star of the garden, at least to the gardener