White coat of many colors

Snow snow snow! And a Garden Blogger’s Bloomday (hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) a day early. I practically wore out the shutter of my little camera taking pics yesterday and today (I think I could smell it smoking…) so here are an end of the week bunch. As always, hover over the pictures for a title and click for a larger view.

Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ - Higan cherry/Autumn blooming cherryIf I hadn’t overheard Dan say the cherry was blooming I probably would have missed it! Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ blooms a bit in the fall – it’s subtle!- and again in the spring. It seems like our recent cold temps should have nipped it in the bud (so to speak) but even a fairly major snowfall didn’t stop a few from opening. Follow my tracks through the Rose Garden to find this tree.


The Harlequin glory bower (Clerodendrum trichotomum) berries are a bluer blue than my camera captured – you’ll have to come see it for yourself! Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii berries

The Leucothoe fontanesiana shows up multicolored in the snow.Leucothoe fontanesiana - Drooping leucothoe

The pond and Rock Garden are sepia toned.

The pond perfect this morningThe Rock Garden under a blanket

The Burning bush (Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’) looks like a nest. And the snow has revealed a nest within the nest.Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ nest in the snow

I didn’t want to tread on the Bosquet’s hem – it’s dressed in its finest winter robe. Sometimes I wish I could hover over the surface and not mess it up with burly boot prints. Other times I want to flop around and make a dozen angels. What do you do with the first snow? The Bosquet 12-14-07

Stock plants are still blooming in the greenhouseCamellia chandlereiPlectranthus hilliardiae ‘Candelabra’Plectranthus hilliardiae ‘Candelabra’ detailFarfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’

The greenhouse inhabitants are in full winter finery too – this selection in honor of Bloom Day includes stock plants – Cuphea micropetala and Salvia vanhoutii ‘Paul’, a Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’ – not blooming but I love its sunspots!, a Camellia chandlerei that just opened, and two views of a Plectranthus hilliardiae ‘Candelabra’ on the low-light houseplants bench. There are many more bloomers – come by for a coat of color! (The greenhouse door is open weekdays and most weekends between 10 and 4 .)