25 Jun 2015

The Spotted Turk and the Vixen [Mrs. Harvey]

I noticed her buds a couple of days ago, so made a point of checking tonight to see if she was had unfurled her gorgeous spotted Turk's cap like flowers, and indeed she has!

I am also anxiously awaiting my Deinanthe cerulean blooms. You can see in his swollen buds that he is once again going to live up to his name! It is one of my favourite woodland treasures!

I do not have the sun that is necessary for one to successfully cultivate Clematis, but that hasn't stopped me from growing C. 'Mrs. Harvey' with her sublime, two tone, flamenco dress inspired flowers.

While not nearly as vigorous as some of her cousins, her flowers are far and away my favourite of any and all! Much cooler weather seems to have moved in on the heels of cloudy, rain laden clouds.

20 Jun 2015

My Very Own Magicien!

Before you go saying that the genus is over-used, I beg that you allow me to introduce you to my resident 'Magicien!' Yes, it is a Deutzia after all, and if you're like a certain Canadian gardening doyenne, you've realized that indeed, this more than often over used, under appreciated genus contains a few delightful surprises!

A few of them can be downright epic in proportion, easily covering a space that is over 2m in height and close to that in spread, which in the case of my very own 'Magician,' is the perfect proportion to disguise a most ungainly, albeit unruly sized air conditioning unit at the side of my house.

'Magicien' came to my attention via my most trusted botanical enabler Larry Davidson of Lost Horizons who grows a magnificent specimen in his display garden. I had heard of a much smaller, white flowering species, 'Chardonnay Pearls,' but had not seen anything near as gorgeous as was his 'Magicien!' I knew I wanted one, but had no idea as to where to position it within my postage stamp sized property. And then summer came, and along with it a new air conditioning unit!

Exquisite, two toned pink flowers, each one outlined in white literally smother the somewhat lax branches during late June and throughout most of July! This year has truly seen the most staggering display to date. Hundreds of flowers, appearing in clusters have created a somewhat magical display!

For those who love the two toned flowers, but do not have the room for their very own 'Magicien,' there is a new, dwarf cultivar on the market this year known as 'Yuki Cherry Blossom,' but be forewarned, trying to locate it in hort commerce at the moment, might just require your very own magician! I stocked him earlier in the season, but sold out within a month, with nary a replacement supply to be found. He will of course be available next year for those with the patience to wait! In the meantime, ponder this most delightful dose of garden magic!

14 Jun 2015

A Rainy Day Golden Eclipse

The perfect 'Heathcliff' day - overcast, a gentle, mist like rain falling, and everything lushly green, growing by the minute. This is the ultimate nursery crawl day - where you don the appropriate rain gear, decent footwear, grab the list you've been creating and head into the wild green yonder. Unless of course you have to work, and then you welcome these same people to your nursery!

His centre looks like the sun! Was greeted with the bright, cheery face of my resident Itoh upon return from work today. Something to be said for shutting down an hour early in hopes of being greeted with this golden face full of sunshine! I love 'Going Bananas' the plant far more than I do its name!

There are eight potential blooms, five of which are now fully open, while three will likely unfurl their golden glory tomorrow or the day after. What is it about the single to semi double blooms that causes my breath to catch and my heart to skip a beat. I only wish my Grandmother were here to see her silly Grandson drop to his knees in silent supplication every year as it blooms. 

I think I am going to forward a copy of this set of photos on to a dear and wonderful artist who I am sure could create a magic quite similar to the actual bloom itself. I will have to see if he would consider creating a series of paintings for me. 

Everything about this plant deserves far more attention than it receives. Within the Itoh series, there are few yellow flowering selections, and I believe this is the only semi double of the bunch. I know that Bartzella remains the most popular, and as a double, rightfully so, but for those among us that prefer something more subdued and fragile...... I could pontificate here forever but need to get on with other chores.

Here is a frontal view of the plant. He is still rather small, but if his growth and flowering of the past two years is any indication, I will seriously have to think about relocating some of this neighbouring siblings in the near future...... in the meantime, lets bask in his golden glory for a few more minutes shall we!