Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gardens of Spring

Clearly this is a time of rejuvenation, celebration... for it is Easter, Passover, and all the Gardens of Spring come to life. We rejoice in the creation!

Amazing is the intricacy and uniqueness of each and every flower, and as I look at the complexity of this delicate and gorgeous Frittalaria, one has to wonder... how can there not be a God.

The West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella), a brushfooted butterfly, has been nectaring upon the purple-flowered Rockcress (Aubrieta deltoidea) for three days in a row.

Colder than normal winter temperature in the Pacific northwest has held back the full blossoming of the Dwarf flowering purple-leaved plum (Prunus cerasifera), but the Rhododendron "PJM" was not to be inhibited.

On the eastern hillside below the main garden appears this ballet of blossoms among the gracefully arching branches of the Japanese Flowering Yoshino (Prunus x yedoensis),

and as we climb back toward the main garden, the colorful east side of the Magnolia stellata and Thundercloud plum come into view beyond the birch.

The Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica 'Glauca') stands proudly within the garden canvas; tucked behind the Weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula') is a variegated yellow and green Euonymous and to its side is the delicate white display of the Spiraea prunifolia 'Bridalwreath'. Continued structural support is offered by the Thundercloud plum (Prunus cerasifera) and Magnolia stellata, whose fragrant blossoms have begun blanketing the earth beneath it.

The garden springs to life! Rejoice!