21 Aug 2017

My Most Bounteous Garden August 2017

I want to think that all gardeners are the same: we wait for that one specific plant to bloom and then we all breathe that collective sigh of relief! I must confess that for me, there were two collective sighs: the first came when I was able to replace my most beloved Anemonopsis macrophylla, which, in the past two years, had gradually disappeared from my garden. I had nurtured a single stemmed plant into three, and had borne witness to the stupendous floral display for one single season. Hot, dry weather was it's eventual demise. I made a hasty visit to Lost Horizons, where, shocked at their size, I snagged up two very healthy and robust plants. They were pampered from the moment they were transplanted into the garden, and, thanks in large part to our gloriously cooler, damper garden season thus far, they have replied tenfold with their bounteous, stunning floral display. Just look at them people!

I could have, if I truly wanted, dedicated an entire post to their beauty, but I have other equally important residents here at Teza's Hortus Magnificum, each of whom has performed well beyond even my somewhat stringent expectations. Just look at the beauty that is Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon.' He stops people on the sidewalk in their tracks. I have even witnessed more than one person who actually come over to stroke his branches, if only to discover what me might be. One sharp eyed gardener knew immediately, but wondered how I got mine to stay so golden coloured. I think said gardener is now in search of her very own 'Ogon.'

We have all noticed the abundance of rain this season, some of us rejoicing, and only stopping short of stripping off all of our clothes to dance naked in it, while others have complained that it seems to strike every weekend. I do feel sorry for the farmers who lost their crops earlier in the season, but when I look at my children frolicking in it, I cannot remain sad for long. I caught this perfect image of the rain bejewelled Cotinus coggygria 'Miss Grace' after a refreshingly light Irish rain one morning. 

Everything seems to have grown tenfold this year! The lushness of the small garden next to the garage has been beyond imagining! I fell in love with Aralia cordite 'Sun King' the year it first appeared on nursery benches, and have no less than four in my gardens! I decided this year, that in order for it not to completely overtake some of my smaller, more delicate treasures, that I would heavily prune them once they showed their usual growth spurts! Of course, there is one in particular, in a very small bed that has completely overtaken it's siblings, which include no less, the sublime Paeonia mlokosewitschii. Lucky for me, [and the Aralia] 'Miss Molly' is finished blooming long before 'Sun King' decides he is going to usurp the border!

I don't get a lot of sun in the garden, and as such, I am very particular when it comes to Clematis. I do have three of them. One is the lovely purple leafed Clematis recta 'Purpurea', which, tends to flop over on it's obelisk, but still gives great early summer clouds of tiny white flowers. There is another one growing up through the Wisteria....... I think it is a Clematis Stolwyck Gold if I remember correctly. His foliage in indeed gold, blending perfectly with that of the Wisteria! I was surprised to see a bloom, mingling with the mass of pink of......

YES! This gardener adores his Thalictrum delivery 'Splendide!' I planted it assuming it was a dwarf, judging from his minuscule size in the pot, only to be rewarded with towering 3m stems, topped with the most delicate opalescent mauve/pink flowers, each with four tiny petals. This year, I had to ask my Wisteria if he might act as official guardian, if only to ensure that 'Splendide' did not break off in any sudden wind. That is the only OOPS that I have been resistant to correcting in the garden. He [Splendide] may look silly in the front of the border, but believe you me, he sure knows how to attract attention!

And there you have it. Late August at Teza's Hortus Magnificum. Well part of it at least. There is still the other side of the garage, but he needs some TLC before I dare risk exposing him to the world wide web. A project while I am off work for the next week...... vacation time!

24 May 2017

The Resurfacing Act

It has been far too long...... close to a year since I have posted here. Truth be known, I favour my Facebook page over this platform, but stumbled upon it today so decided to post some photos from the garden thus far. Unlike many other garden bloggers, I, and my children all prefer cooler, wet weather, and as such,this has been the perfect start to the garden season. 

Disporum uniflorum

I have had to carefully monitor the growth of Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' - otherwise known as the golden Dawn Redwood. He, with diligent yearly pruning, remains a perfect size for my postage stamp sized property!

This is Acer pseudoplatanus 'Esk Sunset.' I especially love when his foliage turns a creamy colour on one side, and a deep claret on the reverse. The only issue is that he can scorch relatively easy, and with my Miss Grace Cotinus on her last leg, quite literally, I am afraid he will need to be relocated. Never a dull moment!

 Polygonatum x 'Betberg'

 Podophyllum plieanthum

 True signs of Spring are evident

 A view of the Border of Unusual Specimens along the side of the garage has filled in rather nicely this year. An unplanned road trip to Lost Horizons, allowed for me to replace a few of my most favourite woodland gems that I lost over the past two winters. All is right in my world again!

 I was heart sick last Summer, in that god awful drought, that  had lost my prized Larix eurolepis 'Varied Directions', but as you can see here, he is letting me know that he simply went into an early hibernation. I am so thrilled! I have to do a repair on a crack in my Redbud's trunk, but sweet baby Jesus, look at the bloom he has afforded me this year. I hope it isn't a sign of stress, and that he will be gone next year! 

And there you have it. Another garden season is upon us, and if time allows, I will try and return here, but you can always find me at Teza's Hortus Magniaficum over on Facebook, where it is a lot easier for me to upload photos from my phone.

11 Jun 2016


He always makes people stop and stare. A bit of a showoff that way, but then that is precisely the effect I hoped to create when I added my beloved Paeonia x 'Going Bananas,' one of an onslaught of hybridized Itoh Paeonia that are becoming all the rage! I have sold five so far this season, and with a price tag of close to $100, one must be a true collector, or be suffering from a bad case of Peony envy! [You know I had to say it!]

GB is a stunning semi double of a whipped buttery yellow colour. I much prefer him to his showier sister Bartzella, as I have never been one for the full fluffy confections that seem to populate the Paeonia world. I know. Lone wolf out, but that's just the way I howl! Here are some more candid shots that I snapped after work this evening. I was worried as there were threats of severe thunderstorms for today when I retired for the evening last night, and, as is common with the 'single' or 'semi doubles', their flowers last for three or four days max! Rain throughout the night, and somewhat flat looking flowers this morning, but tonight........ he is absolutely perfect!

The first and last in this series are my favourite because it almost looks like the sun has been trapped in it's petals! Sigh!

And then of course there is this.....

In what is the week that contains my birthday as well as the anniversary of what would have been my Fathers [June 4th] and my Grandmother's [June 9], I have been blessed with blooms on my most treasured Meconopsis. This represents the second of what I hope will be three blooms that have appeared on the first of three plants. I bought one for each of us....... the trinity of Germini's in my family. All were blessed with blue eyes, and as a result, blue has  always been the colour of connectivity for me. It is the reason why there are so many blue flowers in my garden. It is my sanctuary. The place of solitude and serenity when the world around me gets too loud.

And last but not least.....

The last of my newest obsession and garden addition.... the sublime Cypripedium. I have two Frosch hybrids - Phillip [pictured above] and Pluto who was featured in an earlier post. They join my native C.calceolaris, and form yet another garden trinity. I do have to say that I am more than a wee bit smitten with Phillip. There is something almost sexual about them, as was brought to my attention by a close friend who mentioned it the other night. It is true! But I love him because I have been afforded the opportunity to grow yet another rare and unusual shade perennial here at Teza's Hortus Magnificum. It truly is the reason why I continue to garden.