Crocus pulchellus in Rock Alpine GardenCrocus speciosus
This is the wonderful patch of Crocus pulchellus (with one Crocus speciosus interloper!) across from the Succulent House in the Rock Alpine Garden.
Plains Garden, October 10, 2010
Each of the dozens of gardens right now glistens and glimmers with that late season bounty that suggests to many of us that this is indeed the loveliest of seasons. As the conflagration of autumn leaves joins the last blazing flowers of the year, the Rembrandtian colors of late autumn truly out paint the Giotto tints of spring. "Remembrance, like Rembrandt, is dark but...
This little honey is South African, and no...Mike Kintgen does not believe it is hardy (he lifts the bulbs before hard frost): but what a spectacle this magnificent Amaryllid makes in the South African Plaza! I have seen Brunsvigia and Haemanthus in South Africa, where they can color the landscape for miles. Won't it be just peachy if we can eventually find some hardy ones to grow...
Salvia darcyi and other colorful treasures
There are actually several fine clumps of Salvia darcyi at Kendrick Lake, this one combined with wonderful, bright complementary plantings that exemplify this amazing garden. I will be watching to see how it comes through the winter here.
Pennisetum orientale (Caucasian feather grass)
Kendrick Lake showcases the very best drought tolerant plants: it is so gratifying to see so many cacti, unsual shrubs and especially grasses all grown...