The cloud cover has kept a coolness in the air today, but daffodils dont mind and there was more to see on a walk around the garden. This is the time of year to enjoy the subtle beauty of epimedium The pink is a favorite variety that I brought with me on two house moves to its present location. Another favorite (the yellow above) was given to me by a very dear friend, and unless I move somewhere arrid like New Mexico, it will always travel with me.
If I develop the wooded area that incorporates both a steep hillside and a bog next to a stream, I would like to add more spring ephemerals. A Garden Club friend gave me a piece of a wonderful ground cover last year, and it seems to like the wooded area
Continuing on my walk, I was surprised that the magnolia buds are still tight as can be until another warm day coaxes them open. The pulmonarias deep blue is so striking against the emerging bleeding heart. There is something that bothers me about the polka dots all over most pulmonaria. I prefer the restful green leaves of this variety. Bleeding hearts are immune to the raw cold of early Spring and begin their swift growth right now. The same seems to be true of the clematis, especially the ones I have planted on a trellis next to the house, and even those growing through roses I am keeping watch on my daffodils because next week is the 54th Annual CT Daffodil Show, Wednesday April 27, 2011 1:30 8:00 and Thursday 10 to 4, held at the Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich CT. Daffodil enthusiasts travel the circuit up and down the coast to exhibit and view the daffodil shows. This is one of the best! Open to the public, for both showing and exhibiting! My former neighbor was a well respected Judge and daffodil expert. I was so sad when she moved, but she would want to know that I still enjoy her daffodils, which bravely bloom without her!
There are ways to hold back blooms or force blooms to have success at the daffodil shows approved by the American Daffodil Society, but I am not that sophisticated in my exhibiting. I just hope that some brave daffodil will be looking its best the day before the show, and it will get to stand tall in a beaker hoping to win the Judges favor!