Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Garden of Clement and Leena
Trillium sp. ( sessile?)
No one could describe me as a specialist. I do belong to a number of specialist garden organizations, but frankly, I want it all. This morning the pleasure of seeing the garden come to life after a long winter, was somewhat dampened by the realization that there was a lot of congestion in the planting, often realizing that last Fall I had planted some precious acquisition on top of a dormant ephemeral. Although I plan to 'de-clutter' at some point, it would be a while before I get around to some detailed weeding and transplanting.
So it was a relief to get out of the garden and go and visit the garden of my friends Clement and Leena and to enjoy their collection of plants. The first thing I see on entering is a lovely Magnolia kobus, it's been a very clear day and its pure white blooms glowed in the morning sunshine. Clement told me later that he grew the Magnolia from seed and now it is probably as old as his daughter who is in her first year of University.
Next I saw three pots of Scilla peruviana set out on the porch after a winter in doors; unlike most S. peruviana I've seen these plant had small multiple blooms which snaked about on long stems. I was so enthusiastic about them that Clement has promised to drop one around to my place next time he visits ( so much for enjoying plants in other peoples gardens).
Among the other plants that were grown to perfection were a number of Trillium, which are a surprising rarity in Canadian gardens, Trillium grandiflorum is the floral emblem of Ontario, and yet very few people think of them as garden flowers. However in Clement's garden it was two mature clumps of Trillium luteum and T. sessile that were real show-stoppers; although they were not yet in bloom the fabulous foliage were an incredible sight and well wort the visit.