The bleeding hearts are tall and showy and seem to like their companions, the purple myrtle!
The phlox will spread one day and fill the bottom of this “woodland garden”. 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. Suave is a favorite daffodil – still going! The kiwi vine appreciated the haircut I gave it last Summer – it is about to bloom! 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. Hosta are up, to tempt the deer (and the cavalier King Charles spaniels!) As the trees leaf out to obscure Potts pond, the roses and clematis along the fence will make a new rosy view! Did I mention that the spaniels also like grass seed?
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, but with the former beauty deep in the bones of the place, there is much wanting to be brought back to the former glory. It will take a lot of $$$$$.If you look closely there is much to disappoint, but the view of the Hudson will not. Can you imagine the former owner who planted this tree in great expectation that someday it could be appreciated. I did!
The Temple of Love must 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.Despite vandalism and the ravages of time, there are signs that the garden is trying to come back to life, and 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!