Saturday, April 10, 2010

Garden Visits

The Garden of Clement and Leena

Scilla peruviana

Trillium luteum

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.


Edith Hope said...

Dear Barry, Visiting other people's gardens is, as you say here, such a joy for so many different reasons, not least that in so doing it gives one a clearer perspective on one's own. The garden of your friends is clearly packed with all manner of treasures and how generous of them to share with you.

Barry Parker said...

Dear Edith,
It is refreshing to see new things and sharpen ones observation of both the detail and the bigger picture.
I'm sure Observation must fit into your five D's somewhere. I must go back and check your original post.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Is,
Somehow I've lost your comment, so unable to publish, but here's a response anyway:

Seeing Clement's Magnolia was encouraging because I was able to germinate some M. kobus last year and although I don't have a lifetime to see it get to the size in Clement's garden, it should be enjoyable to watch it grow into a reasonable size.

I looked up the word perigrina and found that the latin word for 'foreign' is 'pereginus'. This fits in to the info on P.peregrina that I later found that it was one of the first to cultivated in Europe and was introduced to Britain in 1583 where it was called the 'Red Peony of Constantinople'.

The Gaudy Garden said...

I look forward to my trillium every year. The variegation of the one you photoed is stunning. Great post.

sugerman said...

HI Barry
It was great to see Clement's garden and to read your writing about it. Each post of yours is just splendid.
It is such a thrill to know I can click on to your blog and watch this marvelous spring unfold.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Jim,
They are extraordinary aren't they? I grow Trillium luteum, but never as successfully as this.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Jan,
Speaking of garden visits.....
Hope you can drop by soon.

James Missier said...

Truly this garden is spectacular, I would say it look so much like a plants from a different planet!

I guess I'm watching too much si-fi movies but really they do look very unique.

Barry Parker said...

Hi James,
Glad you enjoyed the garden visit as much as I did. These plants are out of this world aren't they?