24 May 2017

The Resurfacing Act

It has been far too long...... close to a year since I have posted here. Truth be known, I favour my Facebook page over this platform, but stumbled upon it today so decided to post some photos from the garden thus far. Unlike many other garden bloggers, I, and my children all prefer cooler, wet weather, and as such,this has been the perfect start to the garden season. 

Disporum uniflorum

I have had to carefully monitor the growth of Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' - otherwise known as the golden Dawn Redwood. He, with diligent yearly pruning, remains a perfect size for my postage stamp sized property!

This is Acer pseudoplatanus 'Esk Sunset.' I especially love when his foliage turns a creamy colour on one side, and a deep claret on the reverse. The only issue is that he can scorch relatively easy, and with my Miss Grace Cotinus on her last leg, quite literally, I am afraid he will need to be relocated. Never a dull moment!

 Polygonatum x 'Betberg'

 Podophyllum plieanthum

 True signs of Spring are evident

 A view of the Border of Unusual Specimens along the side of the garage has filled in rather nicely this year. An unplanned road trip to Lost Horizons, allowed for me to replace a few of my most favourite woodland gems that I lost over the past two winters. All is right in my world again!

 I was heart sick last Summer, in that god awful drought, that  had lost my prized Larix eurolepis 'Varied Directions', but as you can see here, he is letting me know that he simply went into an early hibernation. I am so thrilled! I have to do a repair on a crack in my Redbud's trunk, but sweet baby Jesus, look at the bloom he has afforded me this year. I hope it isn't a sign of stress, and that he will be gone next year! 

And there you have it. Another garden season is upon us, and if time allows, I will try and return here, but you can always find me at Teza's Hortus Magniaficum over on Facebook, where it is a lot easier for me to upload photos from my phone.

11 Jun 2016


He always makes people stop and stare. A bit of a showoff that way, but then that is precisely the effect I hoped to create when I added my beloved Paeonia x 'Going Bananas,' one of an onslaught of hybridized Itoh Paeonia that are becoming all the rage! I have sold five so far this season, and with a price tag of close to $100, one must be a true collector, or be suffering from a bad case of Peony envy! [You know I had to say it!]

GB is a stunning semi double of a whipped buttery yellow colour. I much prefer him to his showier sister Bartzella, as I have never been one for the full fluffy confections that seem to populate the Paeonia world. I know. Lone wolf out, but that's just the way I howl! Here are some more candid shots that I snapped after work this evening. I was worried as there were threats of severe thunderstorms for today when I retired for the evening last night, and, as is common with the 'single' or 'semi doubles', their flowers last for three or four days max! Rain throughout the night, and somewhat flat looking flowers this morning, but tonight........ he is absolutely perfect!

The first and last in this series are my favourite because it almost looks like the sun has been trapped in it's petals! Sigh!

And then of course there is this.....

In what is the week that contains my birthday as well as the anniversary of what would have been my Fathers [June 4th] and my Grandmother's [June 9], I have been blessed with blooms on my most treasured Meconopsis. This represents the second of what I hope will be three blooms that have appeared on the first of three plants. I bought one for each of us....... the trinity of Germini's in my family. All were blessed with blue eyes, and as a result, blue has  always been the colour of connectivity for me. It is the reason why there are so many blue flowers in my garden. It is my sanctuary. The place of solitude and serenity when the world around me gets too loud.

And last but not least.....

The last of my newest obsession and garden addition.... the sublime Cypripedium. I have two Frosch hybrids - Phillip [pictured above] and Pluto who was featured in an earlier post. They join my native C.calceolaris, and form yet another garden trinity. I do have to say that I am more than a wee bit smitten with Phillip. There is something almost sexual about them, as was brought to my attention by a close friend who mentioned it the other night. It is true! But I love him because I have been afforded the opportunity to grow yet another rare and unusual shade perennial here at Teza's Hortus Magnificum. It truly is the reason why I continue to garden.

1 Jun 2016

Philipp Stuns!

I've never been a blushing pansy, well not in the garden that is, so when it came to choosing a few select Cypripediums to cultivate last Fall, I went with C.'Philipp' and C.'Pluto.' Those familiar with these hortgasm worthy Holy Grail woodland terrestrial orchids, know that they do not come cheaply and as a rule are not for gardeners feint at heart. I have lost our native C.reginae too many times to count, but had read about the @Frosch selection of hybridized slipper orchids out of Germany. My trusted enabler of all things woodland garden related, Larry Davidson of Lost Horizons nursery in nearby Acton had a choice selection in his catalogue. Without further adieu, please meet the latest resident of Teza's Hortus Magniaficum - Philipp. A hybridized cross between C.macranthos and C.kentuckiense. 'Philipp impresses with his large flower in the base collar white with a claret to pink drawing. Growing to 60cm in height, Philipp is much taller than my other resident slippers [C.Pluto and C.calceolaris] and is also a late bloomer, although this year my trinity all have flowers as I create this post - with C.Pluto fading rather quickly after two weeks of sumptuous bloom!

Here's hoping that these beauties continue to enthral me for years to come. I love when I can cause a visitor to bend down to near ground level in order to experience something totally unexpected. But then again, that was my initial intent twenty years ago when I created my gardens. The Memorial Garden where both Pluto and Philipp are planted is also home to a trio of Meconopsis x Sheldon 'Lingholm', one of which seems about to open. Tomorrow is my birthday, and what a wonderful day it would be to have my most cherished children shimmering in their full glory.