Spring

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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.

 

Spring Glory:
What’s Usually Peaking At May’s End

Perennials:
Geran: A.T. Johnson, macrorhizum, samobar, etc.
Arisaema
Brunnera
Wild forget- me- nots
Celandine poppy
Canad anemone
Peony-coral sunset
Clematis- nelly moser, president
Pulmonaria ending
Aquilegia
Polemonium varieg.
Centaurea
Euphorbias
Veronica georgia blue
Dicentra
Lamium orvala silva beginning
Anthriscus raven wing
Elijah blue fescue
Orange poppies beginning
Polygonum bistorta superbum
Soloman’s seal- varieg

Bulbs:
Ornithogalum magnificum
Allium christophii, bulgaricum
Scilla hispanica

Shrubs:
Daphne carol mackie
Deutzia nikko
Aronia-
Rhodos
Aeschulus pavia
Berberis royal cloak ending
Tree peonies
Rhodochiton and kerria aurea gone by
Kerria varieg
Lilacs
Neillia
Sambucus black beauty
Weigela
Viburnum shasta, shoshone, summer snowflake, aureum,trilobum, onondaga
Lonicera versicaria,
and lonicera vines beginning

Trees:
Cornus kousa
Samaras of 75 Acers
Conifers – Abies and Picea, flower- like new growth

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