Epimedium epicure, Untermeyer underwhelms

DSCN4411 The Epimedium are blooming.  I have a few very choice plants because a good gardening friend, an epimedium epicure has been very generous with dividing and sharing!DSCN4412

DSCN4420 DSCN4421 DSCN4426The bleeding hearts are tall and showy and seem to like their companions, the purple myrtle!
DSCN4431 The phlox will spread one day and fill the bottom of this “woodland garden”.DSCN4433 The mayapples will take over someday too.  When I started this dry hillside garden, I knew the day would come when I wouldn’t be able to bend so easily and hike up and down.  The idea was, as the gardener grew older, the woodland would fend for itself.DSCN4434 DSCN4438 Suave is a favorite daffodil – still going!DSCN4440 The kiwi vine appreciated the haircut I gave it last Summer – it is about to bloom!DSCN4441 DSCN4442 DSCN4443 The new growth on the boxwood is so gorgeous!  All the boxwood had an early Spring hair cut in hopes of destroying the sawfly larvae that winter inside the leaves.DSCN4445 Hosta are up, to tempt the deer (and the cavalier King Charles spaniels!)DSCN4450 As the trees leaf out to obscure Potts pond, the roses and clematis along the fence will make a new rosy view! DSCN4452 Did I mention that the spaniels also like grass seed?DSCN4454

The humans will settle for the asparagus – first picking today!

But before I begin the evening dinner, I want to tell you about a trip we took today to Untermyer Park.  I first heard about this garden through a lecture by the authors of the       Gardens of Hudson Valley.    Having grown up in the Hudson Valley, I have a strong  connection that I thought would be enhanced by visiting the gardens detailed and photographed in the book.

So husband and I drove to Yonkers, NY, got lost, missed the guided tour at 2 p.m. and decided to take a walk through the Park on our own.  I knew from the lecture that the restoration of the gardens was a work in progress.  But the fact that Marco Polo Stefano is the consulting horticulturist made me hopeful and curious despite some of the photos I had seen in the book.

Well, this garden is the Miss Haversham of Hudson River Gardens.  So tired,IMG_3535 but with the former beauty deep in the bones of the place, there is much wanting to be brought back to the former glory.DSCN4465  It will take a lot of $$$$$.DSCN4461If you look closely there is much to disappoint, but the view of the Hudson will not.  DSCN4470Can you imagine the former owner who planted this tree in great expectation that someday it could be appreciated. DSCN4473 I did!

The Temple of Love DSCN4477must have been quite an extraordinary place to come upon after a walk through the woodland path.  But some citizens of Yonkers have not been showing respect.DSCN4482Despite vandalism and the ravages of time, there are signs that the garden is trying to come back to life, DSCN4474and one can only hope that the efforts being made will continue.  I plan to make a follow-up visit with great hopes of seeing the genius of Marco Polo Stefano as the works goes on!


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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6 Responses to Epimedium epicure, Untermeyer underwhelms

  1. A walk through both your garden and Untermyer Park were amazing and very enjoyable. Your photos were well done and fun to see. Thank you so much.


  2. Very impressed by your stand of Mayapple! Wonderful leaves, almost tropical. Too bad Untermeyer Park has been neglected, perhaps someone will spearhead a renovation. Btw, my sister-in-law is from Poughkeepsie, just up the river.


  3. Pauline says:

    You have made me go and look at my epimediums, I hadn’t realised they were flowering already! They are such lovely dainty plants aren’t they and they seem to like all the shade that I have.


  4. Holleygarden says:

    Your spring blooms are so sweet, as are your adorable dogs. That asparagus looks amazing, and I bet it tastes divine! I enjoyed seeing your photos of Untermyer Park. The bones are absolutely gorgeous, and I can imagine a spectacular garden there. I hope they will be able to raise the funds needed because, as you say, it will take a lot of $$$$$.


  5. Anita Rivera says:

    OOo! I am loving this generous post my dear Jayne; we had a tease this week of spring weather here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, be we are expecting SNOW TONIGHT! But this is what happens to us. I have tons of beautiful boxwood and I know exactly what you are talking about when the new leaves come out. The bushes are so lush with neon green!

    Thank you for visiting my post and I will be so thrilled to put your name on the list for the party! You will see your name on my next post and then the LINK on the day of the party. Stay tuned and MERCI! Anita


  6. Patrick says:

    Love the epimediums. Incorporating into my Mum’s mew landscaping. Do you consider them hard to grow? How about in clay soil?


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