GardenWeek Virtual Visits November 8, 1999

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

There has definitely been a heavy frost since our last visit. Although the garden is being readied for winter--the frost blackened Cannas have been cut back and dug up for winter storage and the boxes have been placed over the Gunneras--many plants are as green as ever and show no signs of the season. Continue.

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The huge Gunnera manicata has been cut back so that the sturdy insulated box can fit over it. The top is left open on the warmer fall days and then it is shut for the winter when the weather turns colder.
Gunnera manicata
Ready for Winter
Check May 31 to see how this Gunnera looked emerging in the spring.
These spotted Pulmonaria leaves show no evidence of the season--the only clue in the photo is the abundance or freshly fallen Oak leaves.
Pulmonaria sp.
Epimedium sp.
These Epimedium leaves look as fresh and green as we would expect to see them in the spring--again the only seasonal clues are the Oak leaves.
I thought I was done photographing the Ligularias for the year--and was delighted to find these stalks with fluffy seed heads in front of the dark pond.
Ligularia dentata
Ligularia dentata
More Ligularia seed heads--this time in front of a smaller leaved Rhododendron. I arrived a bit late on the scene in late May to photograph what looks like a fairly interesting collection of Rhododendrons and look forward to discovering and sharing them next year.
I thought I had never noticed this extraordinarily striking and obviously well established planting of Sasa veitchii. The white edges on the leaves had been less pronounced on earlier visits than they are now.
Sasa veitchii
Sasa veitchii
A close-up of Sasa veitchii. We will keep an eye on the white edges and see how they change over the course of the year.
Alleghany Pachysandra, a member of the Boxwood family native to the southeastern part of the US, has subtly spotted leaves less glossy than the standard ground cover species.
Pachysandra procumbens
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' provides a mass of bright yellow.
The leaves of the Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'--which we've shown on October 11, September 14, July 5, and May 31--have become thread-like and are nearly matched in color by the Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea' behind it.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Hydrangea quercifolia
The Hydrangea quercifolia shown blooming on July 5 now has plum colored leaves and light chestnut colored flower bracts.
Crocosmia 'Late Lucifer' in bloom at the top of the Cliff Garden may have gotten its name because it blooms so late in the season.
Crocosmia 'Late Lucifer'
Helleborus foetidus
One of the many Helleborus foetidus that will soon have small cup shaped pale green flowers with red edges. These Hellebores bloom from late winter to early spring and there are many more species in the Pit House.
Stonecrop--The Flower and Cliff Gardens

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