Gilbert and Sullivan got it right when they wrote about spring flowers.
The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine —
As we merrily dance and we sing, Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring, Tra la,
Of a summer of roses and wine.
Right now, I’m dancing and singing. Because everywhere at Glen Villa, spring flowers are blooming. Daffodils galore brighten the path to the China Terrace ….
hugging the base of birch trees.
More daffodils sparkle on the berm by the Skating Pond ….
and spring up from the grassy hillside like dots of butter and cream.
In the Lower Garden, magnolia blooms take pride of place. Now blooming are the star magnolias (Magnolia stellata ‘Susan.’) When they begin to fade, the darker-toned Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ appears, as welcome as any flower that blooms in the spring.
In my photos, the colour of the star magnolia blossoms seems almost unnaturally vivid against a lawn still greening up after winter.
In close-up, the pink is softer and gentler.
Joining the magnolias and daffodils throughout the garden are ferns of all sorts. They rise up from the leaf mold like sleepy monks shedding their winter robes.
Whatever the variety — and growing wild in our woods there are many — the newly emerging ferns always make me smile. They seem like sociable creatures, happy to be part of a group ….
or, like giddy maids at school, to be sharing secrets with special friends.
Normally my favourite spring flower, the one I watch and wait for, is the twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) that grows by the kitchen door. I love watching the leaves and buds emerge, opening and shutting as the weather dictates.
But of all the flowers in bloom this year, the highlight for me are the daffodils that are whipping their way across the grass in the Dragon’s Tail.
For the last fifteen years, the Dragon’s Tail has been blue in the spring when the grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) bloomed and bright fuchsia in August with Astilbe ‘Veronica Klose.’ But lately the muscari hasn’t been doing well. Deer eat the foliage as it emerges, and this weakens the bulbs so gradually they’ve been fading away. Last fall I dug them up, determined to try something new.
A year or two from now I’ll be able to assess whether the change was an improvement. But for now, I’m loving it.
STAYED TUNED FOR AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
I’ll be posting in a day or two with news about this year’s Open Garden Day. For now, mark it down on your calendar: Saturday, July 29, from 10-4.
Hope to see you on the 29th.