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Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Everything they say about THE Halesia is true! The Tulips are reaching their peak in the Flower Garden and are as exotic as ever. Continue.

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I had read about this tree in the Stonecrop brochure--"Originally acquired from Hillier's Nursery, this is a particularly showy form of the Carolina Silverbell with large panicles of flowers some three times larger than the type. The petals are cream coloured and flushed with pink at the tips and the tree is literally covered with blossoms in mid-May."
Halesia monticola var. vestita
Halesia monticola var. vestita
And the description sounded a bit too extravagant to be true--but it IS! The flowers are huge, they are flushed with pink, and the tree is amazing. Really. A member of the Styracaceae family, the species is native to the central US, and the genus is named after Stephen Hales, author of Vegetable Staticks.
At the south end of the Flower Garden, an Angelica is getting a jump on the season. Don't miss the purple stripes on the very substantial leaf sheath. A member of the Apiaceae family.
A mighty Angelica purpurea
'West Point' and 'Spring Green'
Green and white Tulipa 'Spring Green' in front of the Angelica with yellow Tulipa 'West Point' beyond.
Lily flowered yellow Tulipa 'West Point' and green and white Tulipa 'Spring Green.'
'West Point' and 'Spring Green'
'Spring Green'
A close-up of the green and white Tulipa 'Spring Green'--possibly the most photographic Tulip in the Flower Garden.
Starting from the front, yellow Tulipa 'Mrs. Scheepers,' yellow Tulipa 'Formosa,' golden yellow Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold,' and two plantings of red Tulipa 'Queen of Sheba' in the back.
A Festival of Yellows
'Queen of Sheba'
A close-up of the yellow edged Tulipa 'Queen of Sheba.'
Purple Tulipa 'Negrita' in the Blue Rainbow bed.
Androsace sarmentosa var. watkinsii
From the Himalayas, a member of the Primulaceae family is flowering profusely in one of the raised stone beds also planted with many Drabas.
To the south of the Wisteria Pavilion, a purple Syringa x laciniata in front of a white Viburnum lantana 'Mohegan'--always a good color combination.
Viburnum and Syringa
Syringa x laciniata
A member of the Oleaceae family native to China, this Lilac has delicate flowers and small finely cut leaves.
A glowing yellow Euphorbia only about one foot high but about two feet across in the south side of the gravel garden. Native to Europe and a member of the Euphorbiaceae family.
Euphorbia polychroma
Primula sieboldii
A delicate white Primula, native to Japan, blooming in the Woodland.
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