Swedish rhapsody (Gothenburg botanic garden part two!)...
|Habenaria medusae closeup|
|I'm always impressed with insectivorous plants which I find tricky to grow|
|Disas make lovely companions for these|
As might be expected, I was especially captivated by the Disa display...
One doesn't often see Heliamphoras so well grown in botanic gardens. Love the sphagnum throughout.
|Finally we venture out onto the grounds again...|
|And now we venture into the woods!|
|An extensive forest, 100 and more years old is the scene for one of the most ambitious gardens here since my last visit. Several acres of woods are beautifully maintaned with an underplanting that is astonishing in its range and artistry.|
Gazing upwards in the same fir...
The group was enchanted and began to wander all over the place!
|Podophyllum aurantiocaule with ripe pods|
|It helps that there are such dramatic rock features here and there--all mossy with age.|
There's abundant interpretation around the Gardens: as with most European gardens this is often fairly detailed: they don't believe in talking down to their audience or assuming everyone's a dunce.
I've visited many woodland gardens, but few so lush and mature.
|A closer look at the Matteucia--one I'd love to try! No as rambunctious as our native Eastern species.|
If you couldn't tell, I was enchanted with this woodland space. A garden at once utterly natural, yet contemplative like a Japanese garden, and an unbelievable trove of woodland treasures.
Now on to the rock garden! Wooo HOOOO!
Like all the great rock gardens, this one is impossible to really capture on film: it's meant to be seen close at hand. Here for example--lots of green--but notice the waterfall in the distance: this sucker is enormous!
The rock garden from a different angle. Rock gardens are so often similar in form--a mound next to the pond whence the mound came: this one is built on a naturally rocky site with huge elevation gradients. It's organized geographically. And chockablock full of great plants.
I tried to show how radically different the views are from every angle. As much as I like perennial borders, they're all basically two dimensional and similar to one another. Rock gardens are the ultimate horticultural expression of diversity.
There's even a tunnel/grotto: how cool is that (literally and figuratively)!
I love the way things pop out, like the blood grass above. Not invasive here either!
Being September (and being Gothenburg) there are charming displays of colchicums as you'd expect!
Pearly everlasting--which seems to grow everywhere in the northern Hemisphere!
Love the little bog tucked in here with a very happy pitcher plant.
For some this may seem a bit wild. Too bad for those "some"--late autumn in a meadow ought to be wild!
|Eriogonum umbellatum v. porteri|
|Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'|
A spectacular specimen of weeping hemlock
|the American Shortia galacifolia in wonderful fall color|
|And its cousin it claims to resemble (Galax aphylla)|
Not an easy plant to grow in Denver--this Cyananthus lobatus x microphyllus inspired me to try it again!
|A great planting of Patrinia triloba|
I believe this is Allium beesianum.
|Aconogonon (Polygonum) tortuosum|
|A perfect specimen of Clematis heracleifolia|
|Saxifraga cherlerioides var rebunshirensis|
|A composite--probably a Ligularia--whose label I forgot to photograph!|
I was so enchanted by the artistic way this Hosta minor was tucked into the crevice
|Tricyrtis macrantha (I believe)|
|Shortia uniflora and soldanelloides crowding a path|
It was right about here than Johan sighed next to me, explaining that the Shortias are so vigorous they have trouble growing other choice plants near by: they smother them out! You can imagine how sorry I felt for him and Gothenburg at this point...
I have dozens more pictures I'd love to share...and perhaps during this long winter, I'll have time to go back and do better justice to this place. I fear there could be a part III, or even a part IV! But right now, how can one dare add anything beyond this shot of a fulminating masses of Shortia and this astonishing bilberry in fall color? About a good a close as one could wish, don't you think?
I believe the Alpine Garden Society is planning a tour to Gothenburg next spring--if there's still room on that tour, I'd strongly suggest taking it. If you're not coming with me to China that is!