The Early Spring Tapestry
(or How Green Art Thee? Let Me Count the Ways)
From my window, I have watched as the first leaves have begun to sprout and unfurl.Dark red, beet red, brilliant red, spring green, lime green,chartreuse, gold, apricot.The left crescent is a tapestry of yellow and red splotches , punctuated by the pointillism of sand cherry blooms. Standing out from the reds and greens is the Acer Palmatum Higasayama with its thin tower of bronze russet.
As of this early May day, cloudy and rainy, the first perennials to pop out of winter’s drab are the purple leaf ligularia and yellow carex Bowles Golden.
From the earliest flowering star magnolia, the progression of blossoming woodies continues through viburnum pink dawn, purple leaf plum, kwanzan cherry, cherry Halle Joliette with its weeping burst of light pink star blooms, sandcherries, flowering almond,viburnums and pieris.
Even the conifers are flowering. Yews, normally pretty mundane, send out bright yellow tips. On the most micro of flowering levels, the beds and paths are spotted w/epimedium stars- purple long spurred, dark pink w/ white, butter yellow w/yellow, white w/ white; muscari, narcissus, parrot tulips.
And amidst all this explosion, quiet and otherwise, sits our Bella, in her supreme calm.
What’s Usually Peaking At May’s End
Geran: A.T. Johnson, macrorhizum, samobar, etc.
Wild forget- me- nots
Clematis- nelly moser, president
Veronica georgia blue
Lamium orvala silva beginning
Anthriscus raven wing
Elijah blue fescue
Orange poppies beginning
Polygonum bistorta superbum
Soloman’s seal- varieg
Allium christophii, bulgaricum
Daphne carol mackie
Berberis royal cloak ending
Rhodochiton and kerria aurea gone by
Sambucus black beauty
Viburnum shasta, shoshone, summer snowflake, aureum,trilobum, onondaga
and lonicera vines beginning
Samaras of 75 Acers
Conifers – Abies and Picea, flower- like new growth