One day away

Under one of the cherries…and it seems like a whole week has gone by – everything is happening so fast now! For a taste of what yesterday looked like at Blithewold, head right over to Ledge and Gardens. It’s so fun to see Blithewold through another’s eyes – but I’m really sorry that I missed Layanee’s visit!

I ran around this morning trying to catch up with all the changes. The Korean Spice Bush (Viburnum carlesii) is beginning to bloom and smells divine – if only we had virtual scratch and sniff! Last year we planted a compact form (Viburnum carlesii ‘Compactum’) in the Rose Garden – it looks (and smells) like a perfect shrub for a small garden. I’m putting it on my own-garden wish list…

Korean Spice Bush (Viburnum carlesii)

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are up all of a sudden along with epimediums that apparently leafed out and began to bloom over night. And the tulips are opening before our very eyes.

Mayapples are up (Podophyllum peltatum)One of the Peony Mix tulips

daff cam 4-25-08The warm spell is a mixed blessing – the daffodils are still peaking but the first ones (the ‘Ice Follies’ especially) are beginning to go by. Good thing there are so many other spring beauties opening up! The weekend still looks good weather wise – don’t let a little rain in the forecast for Sunday slow you down – we’re having an open house in the greenhouse! Gail and Julie will be here from 1 – 4 and our favorite garden books will be out on the potting bench for you to flip through. We’re busy getting the place spiffed now — we needed a good excuse to tidy up!

4 thoughts on “One day away

  1. I didn’t know about the compact version of the Viburnum, I will have to try that as the regular one gets really big after awhile. I am going to welcome any rain at this point. Things are really dry here in CT.

    Are you getting your wish for a rain day today? We are finally – it’s been glorious but we’re all ready to soak up some rain. -kris

  2. Yes the changes are coming at a rapid pace now. Seems like spring took forever to get here and now it’s moving too fast to keep up with it. I’m just happy I don’t have the pressures you have. I can tell my garden visitors to bite me if my garden isn’t up to shape yet.

    Wiseacre, you make me laugh! You’re right, I can’t tell anyone to “bite me” – I suppose could say it to the mosquitoes but they bite whether I tell them to or not and they’re out early this year… Anyway, lucky for me the pressure can be a pleasure because the oohs and aahs are so gratifying. -kris

  3. I adore those fragrant bushes, like the Korean Spice Bush. I recently encountered an Allspice tree for the first time. After a bit of hunting I found a source, but I doubt seriously it would grow here.

    Maybe the spice bush is my answer!

    Robin at Bumblebee

    Robin, I think Viburnum carlesii might be the answer for a lot of questions! – but what is the Allspice tree you refer to? – Not Calycanthus floridus? Because I think that would be fine in your zone (7 isn’t it?)… -kris

  4. I don’t know how I missed this post Kris (had to work this weekend) but I am so sorry I missed a visit although I know that you are working when I stop in! Just a quick hello would have been nice but Gail showed me a few treasures in the greenhouse and as you can see from my stoll, I didn’t waste any time. My carlesii is not yet blooming but after that rain I am sure with a bit of sun it will open. The entrance to the bosquet is really so much more impressive in person isn’t it? You know, I have a bosquet now. At least that is what I am calling the woods! LOL

    I love that you have a Bosquet now too! Gail said you asked about the periwinkle around the fountain – it’s Vinca minor ‘Atropurpurea’ and now it has a label! -kris

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