Thursday, April 21, 2011

April's progress

After appreciating my bare garden's structural bones--if one can speak of circles and curves as "bones"--for the past several weeks, a few minor entertainments are starting. Today, I spied this Epimedium x warleyense (cultivar name lost) as the sun progressed to the front side of the house. The close-up above shows its intense oranges and yellows, the tiny hairs on its stems.

 This colony is one of two along the front entrance walk where other plants are just beginning to stir. 

Of course, you have to view these flowers with your face two inches above the pathway. That's not a problem now that I've started yoga lessons!


  1. Fascinating...I've never heard of this particular Epimedium that color! I'm thinking of adding some Epimedium to my shade bed this year...but how to choose...there are so freaking many varieties!

  2. How quickly is the garden changing! Beautiful close up.
    Amalia Robredo

  3. Scott, according to this site-- plant is named for Warley Place, the garden of the famous, or infamous, Ellen Willmot. She was well known for dropping a few seeds of Eryngium gigantium in any garden she visited. Thus, the plant has become known as Miss Willmot's Ghost. I think mine was labeled Orange Queen (Orangekoningen), but I have the feeling it was mislabeled.

  4. Thanks, Amalia. If we get warmer temperatures for a week or two, it will be changing fast.

  5. Fab orange against the blue sky.
    Bikram or Ashtanga?
    Great garden to do yoga in!

  6. I'm new at this. Beginner Hatha yoga, and it's hard!

  7. Beautiful colour.

    I note with interest you mention paghats website in a comment above. I guess we all stumble across it at soem point. I always find it interesting and curious at the same time.

    Good luck with the yoga.

  8. I keep stumbling across it too(Paghat's Garden). Thanks be for eccentricity.

  9. Janet, thanks for commenting. I'm finding I'm searching out bright colors, and have come to love orange, though I think my growing conditions will keep it under control (not many orange flowering plants I know of that like wet clay).



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