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Longwood Gardens is a place for show stopper botanical pyrotechnics. The indoor chrysanthemums were amazing… But I think the most fun this time was rambling around in the meadows, gawking at the trees, water, and sky.

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We’re getting ready for the Festival of Violets here in Elsinore — the pink ones have been here for a while, the yellow ones just arrived, the standard purple should be in later, then the speckled, dark violet, and maybe the Confederate ones [grey] will show up.  But in the meantime, some other friends have appeared:

bleedinghearts09These bleeding hearts came south with us two years ago, and still seem happy with this location.  Nearby are two kinds of Bloodroot, also from the old woods.  I think several other colonies have been started from that stock; I need to get in touch with the recipients to see how those are doing.

The next flowers were here when we arrived, and probably pre-date the last set of owners.  I love how the late afternoon sunlight really makes them sparkle and shine.

orangecupwhitenarcis09Closer to the back steps, and therefore in full, baking sun for much the day, we’ve got some very happy peony shoots coming up.  I don’t recall whether this set of tubers came from my old house or one of the homes Word used to have.  We might be able to tell if it blooms this year; I think last year it was still deciding whether this whole “full sun” gig was for realz.peonysprouts

Back in the shadier area, we’ve got this ever-bushier pulmonaria from my grandmother.  It had been thriving in Vermont, then PA, and now Elsinore is proving satisfactory.  I’m thinking about doing some serious terraforming in this section of the yard this year, to put in some more shade plants and change the drainage patterns from the house next door, which is a foot or two higher than our lot, depending on where you decide to measure.  Word would also like an area for a patio and perhaps a place to grill meat [or maybe I’m the one who wants to grill the meat.  Heck, I’m the one who wants to start growing grape vines so we’d have leaves to use in recipes (oh, and grapes!  Yay!)…]pulmonariaclose09

There’s something else I noticed near the pulmonaria today — what look like the low-growing, mottled leaves of trout lilies!  There were many growing in the area around the pulmonaria back at the old place, and so I guess it isn’t surprising that some of the bulblets might have come along with the rootball I’d brought down, but I really hadn’t expected any to survive.

Maybe I can indulge in a few of the spring woodland plants I’ve been seeing in the gardening center?  If the trout lilies are soldiering on, that makes me hopeful about putting in some trillium or ferns without feeling like I’m setting them up for failure.

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