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Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Thanks to several hot days and then several rainy days, the Gunnera is continuing to explode out of its box. And its neighbor, the Petasites is getting huge also. The large leaved Diphylleia is blooming with its amusingly small flowers; a large patch of Sasa veitchii and Scilla hispanica are "trading places"; a yellow Cypripedium is blooming next to a Hosta with leaves edged in yellow--and I do not think it was just a coincidence--not your average "Jack" is blooming; in yet another complimentary color scheme light blue Camassias are teamed with deep blue purple Irises; and more. Continue.

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Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit plants indicated by AGM.

Watch the Gunnera manicata grow! And the Petasites japonicus var. giganteus to the right is getting bigger also.
Gunnera and Petasites
Diphylleia cymosa
A member of the Berberidaceae family, known as the Umbrella Leaf and native to southeastern US, the large bi-lobed leaves are topped with clusters of small white flowers and will be followed by blue berries on red stems.
Oh where, oh where has the Sasa veitchii seen on December 6 gone? In that photo of this same spot the Scilla hispanica bulbs were dormant and their foliage was gone. Now the Spanish Bluebells are in full bloom, and although it cannot be seen in this photo, tiny little new shoots of the Sasa are emerging.
Scilla hispanica
Polemonium reptans
Delicate clusters of small blue flowers above finely cut foliage A member of its own family, Polemoniaceae, and native to eastern North America.
Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids blooming in front of a Hosta edged with yellow.
Cypripedium calceolus
Cypripedium calceolus
A closeup of the yellow flower with the wonderfully twisted petals. A member of the Orchid family native to Northern Asia and Europe.
A member of the Compositae family native to the US, this is the only species of the genus. This plant seems to make an excellent low-growing ground cover brightening the Woodland with its yellow flowers.
Chrysogonum virginianum
Yellow Trilliums
A cache of yellow Trillium lutea with spotted leaves and a Pulmonaria also with spotted leaves.
A member of the Saxifragaceae family native to Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina and known as the Foam Flower.
Tiarella wherryi
Arisaema sikokianum
Not your average Jack! A wonderfully striped dark purple spathe wraps around a white knobby spadix. For another unusual Arisaema, see A. ringens at Wave Hill on May 15.
A member of the Caryophyllaceae family native to the Himalayas. This low spreading plant grows barely a couple of inches high and the white flowers have purple veins.
Gypsophila cerastioides
Kalimeris and Orobanche
Here is a trick photo taken just below the Wisteria Pavilion--the variegated foliage is Kalimeris yomena 'Variegata'--but the white flowers are Orobanche uniflora, the One-Flowered Cancer-Root, an annual parasitic herb native to North America, growing through the Kalimeris!
A graceful arching shrub with pink buds about to open. A member of the Rosaceae family native to western China, the genus is named after Patrick Neill, Secretary of the Caledonia Horticultural Society.
Neillia thibetica
Iris sibirica and Camassia cusicki
Two blues complement each other in the southwestern part of the Gravel Garden.
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